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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Lerner’s out at IRS, but Hawaii tea parties still want answers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:00 PM :: 6197 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

She was angered when she got an inquiry from the IRS in 2012 demanding she provide detailed information on Honolulu tea party activities, materials, pictures, videos, names of speakers and attendees, as well as copies and recordings of speeches made during events....

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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Quoted Study, Missing Important Caveat, is Misleading
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...unlike other states that have a retail sales tax structure, Hawaii’s general excise tax focuses on the gross income received by a business....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 AM :: 5920 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes

The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 6312 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Monday, September 9, 2013
States Offer Tax-Filing Guidance for Same-Sex Couples
By Selected News Articles @ 7:16 PM :: 5346 Views :: Family, Taxes

...the IRS announced that any same-sex couple who married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage can file a joint federal tax return, even if the state where they currently live does not recognize same-sex marriage....

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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Quandary Ahead as State Digresses from Conformity
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3765 Views :: Taxes

For more than 35 years the state has adhered to a policy of conforming with the federal income tax code....

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Friday, September 6, 2013
Hawaii is #1 Welfare State in the Nation
By Tito Montes @ 10:54 PM :: 10448 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... Tito Montes discussing the desperate need for welfare reform in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
New Sales Tax Study Highlights the Problem in Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:05 PM :: 3902 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

On paper it may appear Hawaii has a "low sales tax," but that is not the case....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6317 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hawaii GE Tax "Broadest in the US"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 4362 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, taxing many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxing 99.21% of the state's personal income. This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46%....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Placing Check-off Designations on Tax Form Paid for by All Taxpayers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3697 Views :: Taxes

...enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for their specific cause....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 4820 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Property Tax Exemptions on Honolulu Council Committee Agenda
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 4897 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Wednesday August 21, 2013 9AM....

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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Purchases of Goods and Services for Resale Afforded Lesser Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4104 Views :: Taxes

For many years it was difficult for policymakers and administrators to conceive that services, like goods, could be purchased for resale....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mayor claims $26 million shortfall just days into fiscal year
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:59 AM :: 6011 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
“How did it suddenly appear?” Kobayashi asked.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Final Judgment: Online Travel Companies Owe State $246M
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 4529 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...final judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii and against nine Online Travel Companies selling Hawaii hotel rooms over the Internet....

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Obama Administration: Largest Tax Hike since WWII
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 3183 Views :: Taxes

...taxes are rising faster now under Obama than they have under any other president since WWII....

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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Producers Already Enjoy Reduced Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 7345 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...it is not the cost of the tax that adds to the price of locally grown products as much as it is the external factors such as the cost of land, labor, and regulatory compliance....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 4938 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Federal Government in Worse Shape than Detroit
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 5759 Views :: National News, Labor, Taxes

Detroit’s demise was the result of big-government, liberal policies promoted by self-interested politicians and coercive public employee unions....

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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Passing on the General Excise Tax is Not Possible For Some
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4387 Views :: Taxes

A number of questions about Hawaii’s general excise tax seem to resurface....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Simplified property taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:40 PM :: 4335 Views :: Taxes
With ten new property tax proposals under consideration in Honolulu, it’s a good time to think about what makes for fair and reasonable property taxes....
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Onerous Burden of Doing Business Goes Beyond Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 11:37 AM :: 4903 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

In addition to the fees and charges levied for these required permits and licenses, there is the time that it takes to secure many of these permits and licenses....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Paradise lost: Honolulu taxpayers drowning in crystal clear sea of debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:17 AM :: 5200 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
Honolulu, fiscal watchdogs warn, must curb spending, focus on its debt and address critical multi-billion dollar infrastructure problems ....
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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 :: 6297 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 :: 3678 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 :: 5739 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 :: 3962 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 :: 4629 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 :: 3392 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 :: 3643 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 :: 6622 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 :: 4972 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 :: 4457 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 :: 5068 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 :: 4705 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 :: 6133 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 :: 5538 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 :: 5421 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 :: 4139 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 :: 4054 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 :: 3146 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 :: 4029 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 :: 4702 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 :: 4087 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 :: 3497 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 :: 7521 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 :: 5927 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 :: 5163 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 :: 5773 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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