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Friday, March 6, 2020
UHERO: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System
By UHERO @ 7:47 PM :: 1651 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii citizens can count on seeing a slew of bills introduced to raise taxes on somebody....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:51 PM :: 2076 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii collects $103 per person....

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
HB1990: $1.5B GE Tax Hike
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1914 Views :: Taxes

...a 0.5% GE Tax hike to pay for 'climate change'....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawaii Median Homeowner Pays $1,607 Property Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1777 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has the lowest property tax rate, but high valuations make for high property tax bills....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawaii Grabs $1,471 Income Tax Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 6:15 PM :: 1956 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Income Tax Take is 10th Highest in USA....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3850 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...if this bill passes, guess what is going to happen to your electric bill....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 2755 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Hawaii 5th Highest Per Capita Tax Collections
By Tax Foundation @ 2:20 AM :: 1972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii annual per capita tax collections are $6,640....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vehicle Mileage Taxes are not Ready for Primetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:06 PM :: 1672 Views :: Taxes

...The biggest issue is concern over privacy. VMTs could allow the government to track drivers....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2498 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would Be a Big Burden for Families and Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 2914 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the tax on gasoline would begin at $8.22 per barrel in 2021 and top out at $23.16 per barrel in 2030....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
No GE Tax on Medical Bills -- help lift MD shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 PM :: 2249 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Hawaii is currently “short” by approximately 820 physicians ....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Senators Vote to Give Maui County One More Chance to Raise GE Tax
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 1897 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...SB2140 relating to taxation, extending the period in which a county may adopt a surcharge on state GE Tax ... to June 30, 2021....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Hawaii Income Tax 2nd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:58 AM :: 2499 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii individual income tax tops out at 11%....

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
The ConAm Returns
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2753 Views :: Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

...to impose a surcharge on real property tax....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Wacky Season at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 2019 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...nanny-state proposals, unconstitutional overreach bills and social engineering schemes....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Road Usage Charge: DoT Wants to Know How Much Spying Motorists Accept
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 1738 Views :: Taxes

...Each volunteer will choose one of three technologies for reporting vehicle mileage automatically....

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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Why Do Lawmakers Want More Special Funds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:43 PM :: 1916 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...there is a plethora of requests for “special funds” in the 2020 Legislature....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii Most Expensive State for Car Owners
By Selected News Articles @ 8:41 PM :: 2460 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

...‘Cost of Ownership & Maintenance’ highest in USA....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Stop Taxing Healthcare
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2360 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...how do we attract more doctors to Hawaii — and keep the ones we still have?....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax adds $222M to healthcare costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 2821 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii: Fiscal Architecture Approach
By UHERO @ 1:49 AM :: 2279 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a case for the Hawaii community to focus on “the future fiscal capacity of Hawaii state and local governments.”....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
HB2728: Diamond Head Attack Becomes Excuse for Tax Hike
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:03 PM :: 2700 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...House Bill 2728 implements a $5 surcharge for all overseas flights except for interisland travel....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Public Meetings to Discuss Caldwell Rain Tax
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 3178 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...The challenge: Making rainwater into an excuse for you to pay more taxes....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Honolulu City Finances 3rd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 2753 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Taxes

...While people have focused on the city’s $2.6 billion pension debt, its debt related to retiree health care benefits is almost as high at $2.2 billion....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
​Doctors Agonistes: Paradise Lost
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 5:17 PM :: 2973 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Taxes

...Docs are channeling their inner Rambo: “I love my country! I just want it to love us back.”....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
DoTax: State Tax Collections up $380M
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1978 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...In FY 2019, total State tax collections were $8.28 billion, a 4.8% increase from FY 2018 which were $7.9 billion....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2134 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...After this one-two punch, many more businesses that sell to Hawaii customers are going to find themselves with Hawaii tax obligations....

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax Hits 105.29% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:33 PM :: 2497 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The sales tax in Hawaii has a broad base that include many business-to-business services....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 3554 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Property Assessments Inconsistent and Inequitable
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2698 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...tax assessments were inconsistent and inequitable, exemption and dedication property requirements were violated, and taxes assessed did not reflect the highest and best use of the properties....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Governor's budget exceeds spending cap — again
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 2004 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
DoTax Changes for 2020
By News Release @ 9:45 AM :: 2174 Views :: Taxes
…Form Changes, Hawaii County Surcharge Increase, E-Filing Requirements updated for 2020….
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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 4556 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
Hawaii 5th Highest Champagne Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 10:01 AM :: 1921 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes champagne at the rate of $2.12 per gallon--5th highest in USA....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Hawaii: State Tax Changes for 2020
By Tax Foundation @ 2:11 AM :: 2629 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State tax hikes taking effect January 1, 2020....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 3109 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Ige Unveils Supplemental Budget--Massive Spending Hike
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2562 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...tax hikes coming....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3252 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ranking Property Taxes on the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 11:53 PM :: 2923 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the property tax component of the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Hawaii Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Level Ever
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 2534 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating from AA to AA+ ....

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Sunday, December 8, 2019
Let’s Not Tax Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1635 Views :: Taxes

...the landscape here is filled with complexity and disparities between transportation industries....

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
Auditor: City Still not Collecting Property Taxes from Commercial Lessees of Government Land
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 2940 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Taxes

...According to BFS, since 2013, the state has not upheld its commitment to provide annual worksheets and timely information to the city....

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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Wealth Is a Sin?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3164 Views :: Democratic Party, Small Business, Taxes

...spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Two Jailed in Hawaii Tax Fraud Scam
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2633 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

...New Jersey Tax Preparer and her Husband Face Prison Terms for Operating Tax Fraud Scheme in which they stole nearly $250,000 from State of Hawaii....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Board of Taxation Review Seeks Volunteers
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 2060 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
...There are currently three vacancies on the O‘ahu board, five vacancies on the Kaua‘i board, and one each on Maui and Hawai‘i Island....
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
‘Driving Report' Tax Hike Propaganda from HDoT Coming to Your Mailbox
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2346 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... HDoT's fake ‘report’ will make it seem that you will save money with a road usage charge.  Will you believe them? ....

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Sunday, November 3, 2019
The Parable of the Two Horses!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3088 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... which horse do you think finished pulling the wagon first? ....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hawaii Among Only 7 States to Tax Groceries at Full Rate
By Tax Foundation @ 3:40 PM :: 3368 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...How Does Your State Treat Groceries, Candy, and Soda?....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Drops from 26th to 37th
By Tax Foundation @ 6:02 PM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 37th on business tax climate, down 11 places since it re-imposed 3 'temporary' income tax brackets—with a top rate of 11%—and rolled back estate tax reforms....

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