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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 6134 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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Sunday, July 21, 2013
On-Going Need to Examine Who Pays for County Government
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3554 Views :: Taxes

A local reporter attempted to pin the Foundation down on whether or not it supported the handful of measures that had been thrown into the Honolulu City Council hopper ....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tax Watch: Honolulu Property Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:12 PM :: 5620 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

On July 10, 2013, Mayor Kirk Caldwell proposed ten property tax bills. All ten bills passed the first reading at the Honolulu City Council....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Businesses Should Fear States' Pension Debts
By NCPA @ 3:57 PM :: 3885 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Businesses should see this as a warning, as they are a convenient target for politicians ....

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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Opportunity to Strengthen Accountability for Tax Dollars
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4491 Views :: Labor, Taxes

News of the very generous pay increases granted to police officers sent shock waves through the ranks of city and county officials across the state generating calls for “revenue enhancements” or tax increases....

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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Other Questionable Subsidies Provided by Highway Users
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3312 Views :: Taxes

...some of the ways the highway user is tapped to fund what is obliquely related to the construction, repair and maintenance of state and county roads....

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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Need to Make Everyone Pay Their Fair Share for Roads
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3564 Views :: Taxes

Honolulu’s Mayor was rebuffed by the City Council earlier this year when he submitted a proposal to raise the county gas tax by five cents a gallon....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 6491 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Needed Services Should be Paid by Users of the Service
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 4854 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

The reaction to last week’s commentary could only be described as shrill....

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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Neither Age nor Disability is an Indication of Financial Need
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4344 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Nearly a year and a half ago, a commission appointed by the Honolulu City Council to study some of the inequities in the real property tax ordinance dropped its findings on the desks of Council members....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Tea Party Maui leaders call for special prosecutor to investigate IRS
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:05 PM :: 4943 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

Sen. Sam Slom was the guest speaker at the Tea Party Maui meeting Thursday where Jim Wagoner was elected president of the organization....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hawaii’s GE tax mark-up
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:58 PM :: 4612 Views :: Taxes
Hawaii GET - Everything Marked Up!.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 5827 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Hawaii Pastors Join Nationwide Challenge to IRS
By News Release @ 12:11 PM :: 5414 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Taxes

Nearly 1,100 pastors nationwide registered to speak out on marriage as part of annual Alliance Defending Freedom event....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
How the IRS Monitors Tax Credits
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 5270 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...out of $668.1 million in tax credits claimed in tax year 2011, the Service disallowed only $11 million, and failed to find a single case of fraud....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Obamacare Puts IRS on Steroids
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:24 PM :: 3966 Views :: Health Care, Taxes
IRS on Steroids.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Internet Sales Tax Will Kill My Small Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:42 PM :: 3972 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Hi, I’m Catesby Jones....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
CoR Releases General Fund Forecast
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 3086 Views :: Taxes
In producing its forecasts, the Council adopted specific adjustments reflecting effects on General Fund tax revenues of tax law changes enacted by the 2011 Legislature....
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Sunday, June 2, 2013
No Good Intention Goes Without Consequences
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 3932 Views :: Taxes

One issue that has irritated lawmakers for the past few years is the ability to transfer ownership of companies or organizations that have substantial holdings of real estate without having to pay the conveyance tax....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
VIDEO: Time to Shrink the Monster
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:51 PM :: 4598 Views :: National News, Taxes
A new video by Bankrupting America....
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ObamaCare Mandates Dramatically Expand the Internal Revenue Service's Power
By NCPA @ 11:33 AM :: 4011 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...many people are exempt from the mandate, and so the IRS has to know a lot about you in order to decide whether you are in compliance....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Taxes: What Did Apple Do Wrong?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:27 AM :: 3451 Views :: Taxes

A Senate subcommittee accused the company of “shifting” profits from the U.S. to other countries and avoiding paying taxes....

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Saturday, May 18, 2013
IRS to Maui TEA Party: "Provide details of your relationship with Dylan Nonaka"
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 AM :: 7388 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party
Among the questions sent from the National IRS office in Cincinnati was this item referencing Dylan Nonaka....
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 5828 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Gay Marriage Activists Given IRS Files of Opponents
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 5085 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Taxes

...the IRS leaked National Organization for Marriage's confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Morning Bell: The IRS Wants to Know If You’re a “Patriot”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 5676 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Taxes

Heritage sounded the alarm on the Obama Administration’s hit list nearly a year ago....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ProPublica: IRS Office Gave Us Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 4799 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes
The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year....
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Monday, May 13, 2013
ObamaCare’s Unfair Treatment of Middle Class Families
By NCPA @ 4:38 PM :: 4109 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...many workers will soon discover that when they earn more money, they end up with less take-home pay....

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Monday, May 13, 2013
Peace Frogs Join Chorus Against Internet Sales Tax
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:56 PM :: 3022 Views :: Taxes

The Internet sales tax passed the Senate, but a growing chorus is pointing out that it would hurt many to help the tax man....

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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Hirono, Schatz Vote Would Impose Hawaii GE Tax on Stock Transactions
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 3980 Views :: Taxes
Financial experts say this means states tax “sales” such as stock trades in a mutual fund or brokerage account, or even contributions to pension plans such as 401(k)s that were designed to be tax-free until retirement....
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Moving the Tax Burden to Others
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:58 AM :: 3648 Views :: Taxes
“Don’t Tax You, Don’t Tax Me, Tax that Man Behind the Tree.”
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Obamacare: Taxpayers Must Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:11 AM :: 4266 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
IRS Admits Targeting TEA Party Groups—Maui TEA Party Among Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 6126 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Ready for Another Debt Limit Fight?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 4566 Views :: National News, Taxes
Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again....
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Pacquiao Takes Fight in Macau, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rate Proves Too High
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:40 PM :: 4687 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with – $15 million?"
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Making Reimbursements Could Incur Tax Liability
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 4503 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
In recent years, various proposals to exempt the reimbursement of amounts paid out by mangers or operators of a number of business activities have been enacted....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Budget: Kenoi Proposes $21M Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 4637 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes
...this budget incorporates a property tax 'adjustment' that would allow the county to collect an estimated $219 million in the year ahead....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
No Hawaii Beverage Tax Cheers Third Win in a Row
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 3994 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Unfortunately, we know from past experience that even though the public doesn't want a beverage tax, some lawmakers will keep pushing for one....

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Starting in October: 15% Penalty on Overpaid Unemployment Comp
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 AM :: 5642 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has amended its Employment Security Law as follows....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SB1196 Small Vendors Targeted by DoTax
By Video @ 9:47 AM :: 4221 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Assists with enforcement of cash economy laws by the department of taxation ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Lack of Understanding of General Excise Tax Creates Confusion
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 4321 Views :: Taxes

...because of its broad base...it is applied to nearly every transaction that takes place in Hawaii....

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Bag Tax Goes National
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 4491 Views :: Environment, Taxes
... H.R. 1686, the Trash Reduction Act of 2013 -- Annualized Cost: $4.08 billion .... 
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
HIRA: Democrats Want to Tax Your Online Purchases
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 3262 Views :: Taxes
proposed federal law will permit states to increase the price tag for virtually all of your online purchases....
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Monday, April 22, 2013
Internet Sales Tax Is a State Money Grab
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:24 PM :: 2626 Views :: Taxes

Why are states so eager to collect taxes on Internet sales?  In short, because they could grab money from other states....

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Sunday, April 21, 2013
Let Them Ask for Their Funding
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3690 Views :: Taxes

...take a moment to look back on the last 50 or so working days to see how they handled taxpayer funds....

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Friday, April 19, 2013
Internet Sales Tax: Taxation Without Representation
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:04 PM :: 3157 Views :: Taxes

Retailers would be forced to act as tax collectors for states in which they have no voice....

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Monday, April 15, 2013
Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 2997 Views :: Taxes
Americans are waking up today to the worst "case of the Mondays" they'll have all year: It's Tax Day....
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
DoTax Cooking Books to Influence Legislature? HART Calls for Audit
By Andrew Walden @ 6:02 PM :: 4933 Views :: Rail, Taxes
...the illusion of greater revenues would be helpful in Abercrombie’s effort to create a state-funded ‘Early Education’ voucher system....
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Let Conformity Simplify Tax Filings
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 3583 Views :: Taxes
...the madness of completing state tax returns is just around the corner....
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day April 14
By Selected News Articles @ 1:44 PM :: 4457 Views :: Taxes
Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....
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