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Monday, March 1, 2021
HB1314: Grabs TAT from Counties
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 1205 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Repeals the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenue to the counties ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 1620 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Seven Tax Hike Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 1759 Views :: Taxes

... many tax increases, fees, and surcharges that have been proposed this legislative session. Hawaii residents are already among the most taxed in the country; the state has the second highest overall tax burden in the U.S. ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 3482 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 1905 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... to cost the State at least $19,000,000,000 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good grief, do our lawmakers not know we're in a depression?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 2092 Views :: Taxes

... every proposal in the 2021 Legislature that would increase Hawaii's tax burden ....

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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maintenance of Effort
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1351 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... We need to start recognizing that this “dedicated funding source” rhetoric is taking us down the wrong path ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 1479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sugar Tax Drives People to Drink
By Tax Foundation @ 11:38 PM :: 1244 Views :: Taxes

... A 2012 study at Cornell University found that, when faced with a new soda tax, many households reduced their soda consumption while purchasing an increased amount of beer ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Taxes: More 'Creative' Thought at Our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1371 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallets, folks, because this year’s great legislative adventure has just begun! ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 1966 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 2137 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:06 AM :: 1335 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 23.3% of Hawaii tax collections come from income taxes ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
FY2021: State Tax Receipts Down 16.4%
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 1250 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... General Excise and Use Tax (GET) collections are down by 21.8% from last fiscal year ....

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Monday, February 8, 2021
Comparing State Corporate Income Tax Rates
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income tax tops out at 6.4% .... 

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
What Are They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1764 Views :: Economy, Taxes

"... At the Legislature, committee hearings have begun in earnest and it doesn’t seem at all like we are in an economic crisis ...."

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 2837 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 2053 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How tax hikes will harm economic recovery
By Video @ 4:32 AM :: 1236 Views :: Taxes

... lawmakers' plans to tax the economy could hurt struggling residents and businesses recovering from the depression ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2041 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Hawaii: Billionaire Claims $21.8B Spent on Cars for the Little People
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 1722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“… costs are only slated to increase ...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
​Higher revenues without higher taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1233 Views :: Taxes

... new tax bills, sometimes dressed up as “surcharges,” “fees” or “closing loopholes” ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 1319 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 36.7% of State revenue comes from GE Tax ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2246 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2170 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
More Taxes on the Rich – But Guess What, You’re Rich
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:16 AM :: 2541 Views :: Taxes

... Ige’s Chief of Staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the Administration is going to propose ....

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2284 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 1881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Scrutinize the Big Agencies!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1539 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... There is still a lot of real estate between $0.3 billion and $1.4 billion a year ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Don't rely on pennies from heaven
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:40 PM :: 1435 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... This week, we got our first real glimpse of Gov. David Ige’s proposed budget. ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
'You can't spend money you don't have'
By Video @ 4:15 AM :: 1497 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Barabara Marumoto, architect of the state's legal spending cap, continues to believe Hawaii needs better budgeting practices ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hawaii 4th-Highest Champagne Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:58 AM :: 1323 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... if your festivities still include popping a bottle of bubbly, the champagne you toast with will be taxed ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 3333 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2459 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways ....

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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tax hikes coming — really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 AM :: 1791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the only two things that are certain in life are debt and taxes ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ranking State Unemployment Insurance Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:10 PM :: 1695 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 25th ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
City sends 2021 real property notice of assessments
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 1691 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Property owners who wish to dispute their real property assessment may file an appeal during the period of December 15, to January 15, 2021 ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1921 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Eighth Amendment Protects Us from Massive Tax Penalties
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1477 Views :: Taxes

... In a case called Timbs v. Indiana decided just last year, however, the U.S. Supreme Court made a couple of key points ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 2106 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
And the hits just keep on coming!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 1840 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...When businesses across the state are fighting for their lives, the state is about to levy an enormous hike in the unemployment tax.... 

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Friday, November 13, 2020
DoTax: Collections Down, Down, Down
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 1721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, COVID-19

...GET down by 25.1%...TAT down by 92.8%....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Individual Income Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Tax Foundation @ 8:47 PM :: 1577 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Ranking Individual Income Taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Corporate Income Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 18th
By Tax Foundation @ 1:33 AM :: 1551 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Ranking Corporate Income Taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Friday, October 30, 2020
Hawaii Among Only Seven States to Tax Groceries
By Tax Foundation @ 12:59 AM :: 1759 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Tax Treatment of Groceries, Candy, and Soda Can Get Tricky....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Making Up for Budget Shortfalls
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1756 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Does Your State Have a Throwback or Throwout Rule?
By Tax Foundation @ 9:33 PM :: 1642 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii has a throwback rule ....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Ige Grade 'D' -- Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020
By Cato Foundation @ 3:28 AM :: 1935 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii’s general fund spending rose a hefty 5.7 percent in 2020, thus reducing the governor’s score in this report....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1777 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
Death Tax: Hawaii Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:24 AM :: 2610 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii and Washington State have the highest estate tax top rates in the nation at 20 percent....

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