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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Lack of Understanding of General Excise Tax Creates Confusion
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 4353 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 :: 4532 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 :: 3305 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 :: 2636 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 :: 3726 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 :: 3180 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 :: 3025 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 :: 4965 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 :: 3613 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 :: 4497 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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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Lessen Dependence on Government: Key to Strong Democracy
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 5628 Views :: Economy, Taxes

One of the opportunities that sequestration presents is the realization of just how dependent the American public is ....

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Friday, April 5, 2013
Tax Myths Debunked
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 4969 Views :: Taxes
...Iowa Policy Project and Good Jobs First used cherry-picked data and inaccurate statements to argue that Hawaii should raise taxes....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
House GOP: "Senate bills would increase taxes and fees"
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 6423 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes
After many House bills to raise taxes and fees failed in the House, more Senate bills that would do so are still alive....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Taxes, Marriage, PLDC Top Agenda for Hawaii Republican Assembly
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 7041 Views :: Family, Republican Party, Taxes
As an affiliated chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, HIRA strives to be the conservative standard-bearer of the Republican Party in Hawaii ....
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Knee-Jerk Reaction Leads to Just More Money
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4995 Views :: Taxes

...how much is too much when it comes to spending on government programs....

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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hirono, Schatz Cast Decisive Votes as Senate Passes Trillion Dollar Tax Hike
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 7392 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Taxes
...a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Online Travel Companies Ordered to Pay $70M, Appeal Planned
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 7888 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday granted the State of Hawaii’s motion for summary judgment....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tell Congress: No Internet Sales Tax
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 5102 Views :: Taxes

The internet sales tax mandate would force businesses to become sales tax collectors for all states....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Abercrombie: Hotel Industry TAT Concerns are "Propaganda"
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 6537 Views :: Economy, Taxes, Tourism

...the governor interrupted by saying he has been hearing “the same propaganda.”

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Key to Hawaii’s Future is Business Climate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:11 AM :: 8549 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

we, mere mortals, cannot predict what the prize industry of the future will be....

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
List of Tax Measures Moving in Legislature Totals Seven Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 6418 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Some raise, some redistribute. Others give credit where credit may not be due....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Republican Caucus Commends Fiscally Conservative Hawaii House Budget
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 5987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

"This is a clear sign that the House is moving in the right direction," said Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Schatz Proposes $180 Billion Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 5864 Views :: Environment, Taxes

What is the appropriate price per ton for 'polluters' to pay? The draft contains alternative prices of $15, $25, and $35 per ton....

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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Knock Off the Theatrics and Get Down To Business
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:11 AM :: 4871 Views :: Taxes

For the last two months, taxpayers heard time and time again that the “sky is falling, the sky is falling”....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 6384 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Friday, March 1, 2013
Obama's Sequester Smokescreen
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:05 AM :: 8862 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes, Obama

For the past few days the White House, with a big assist from sympathetic media, has done all within its considerable powers to make it seem like sequestration means the end of the world....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Politico: Is President Obama Telling the Truth about Sequestration?
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 7734 Views :: National News, Taxes, Obama

... agencies cannot give a clear answer on how they arrived at their numbers. Congressional appropriations committee aides say they cannot fact check the administration's estimates ....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Soda Tax Shutter Hawaii's Only Can Maker?
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 7243 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

The Ball Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal cans in the islands. The company employs 45 people and the beverage tax places their jobs directly at risk.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jerking the Hotel Industry Around, You Can’t Trust Lawmakers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:55 AM :: 6159 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Recognizing the need to help the state balance it books, the hotel industry agreed to a temporary increase in the TAT rate which was increased two percentage points from 7.25% to 9.25%. The temporary increase is supposed to expire on June 30, 2015....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Consumer Freedom: Taxes Shouldn't be a Tool for Social Engineering
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 4891 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“Taxes shouldn’t be a tool for social engineering or an instrument to penalize Hawaiians for doing nothing wrong....”

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Abercrombie Uses $275K in State Money to Push Soda Tax Hike
By Video @ 10:35 PM :: 5610 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

During a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today launched a new teen-focused multi-media campaign to combat obesity....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sin Taxes: A Questionable Source of Revenue
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 4026 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...lobbyists are relied upon heavily to vie for the interests of the higher-income consumers and producers, leaving the burden of the new tax to lower income consumers who cannot afford representation....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Beverage Tax Heads to Senate Ways and Means Committee
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3889 Views :: Taxes

The reality is that calories in the American diet from added sugars in soda have dropped nearly 40 percent since 2000....

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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Just Which Programs To Cut?
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:12 AM :: 5859 Views :: Taxes

...everything is on the table from an increase in the general excise tax rate to fund education to new fees on cell phone use to the administration’s proposals to tax sugary drinks and single-use bags....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 6730 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Just bluff an increase in TAT and they all line up in favor of extending the ‘temporary’ 9.25% rate....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
UHERO: Bag Tax and Conveyance Tax Have Downside
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 6394 Views :: Environment, Economy, Taxes

...such taxes can shrink the economy unnecessarily by discouraging investment and artificially raising the price of basic needs....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 10366 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Jacking Up the Heat in Tax and Fee Hell
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:05 AM :: 4682 Views :: Taxes

People inquiring about what the legislature is doing are surprised when told that lawmakers are hard at work trying to find ways to take even more of their money. Of course, it starts at the top....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 7044 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Impact of High Taxes Cripples Economic Growth
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:00 AM :: 4663 Views :: Taxes

...elected officials desperate to make-up the budget shortfall selectively raised taxes, resorting to increases that weren’t visible to the general public in order to avoid mass resentment ....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eco-Friendly? Reusable Shopping Bags Poisoning Our Oceans
By Mary Smart @ 2:20 AM :: 6678 Views :: Environment, Taxes

Abercrombie was right about one thing in his 2013 State of the State speech, there are too many answers in the form of solutions being proposed before sufficient questions are asked and researched....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
HI-5 Fraud Shows DoH Cannot be Trusted With Soda Tax
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 5135 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

As public audits recently revealed, it's difficult to trust the Department of Health to spend our tax dollars wisely....  

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 6702 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Abercrombie to Push Penny an Ounce Soda Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 5744 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A 12 ounce soda would cost 12 cents more....

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Instill Priorities for Precious Tax Dollars
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:53 AM :: 4262 Views :: Taxes

...each bright, shiny and eager face will have an agenda to deliver to his or her constituents back in their home districts. That means money!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Poll: State Taxes Should Require a Super Majority for Passage
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 7261 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, Taxes

Should the Legislature require the state Public Utilities Commission to approve energy projects that further the state’s renewable energy goals even if it costs consumers more?  -- NO 75%

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Experts: Bag Tax Spreads Disease, Fills Hospitals
By Mary Smart @ 10:40 PM :: 6263 Views :: Environment, Taxes

The bag tax revenue could very well be exceeded by the expenses caused by additional hospitalizations.

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Monday, January 14, 2013
$150M Tax Ruling "Will Significantly Reduce Demand for Hawaii Vacations"
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 9125 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

“This ruling will significantly increase costs for all tour operators, travel agents, OTCs, and other travel intermediaries...."

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Instead of Exempting Wholesaling from GET, Reduce Rate on Business Inputs
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:09 AM :: 4296 Views :: Taxes

...repeal of the lesser half percent rate was made as a parry to the recommendation of their consultant that the overall rate imposed on all retail activities be increased to generate more revenues for the state....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:23 AM :: 5540 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions....

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