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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 2173 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...nobody pays more for less....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Hawaii 3rd-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 5:08 AM :: 2206 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...Taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than the labor and raw materials combined....”

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2574 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, COVID-19

...Ige's COVID order suspends law requiring that people who want to do business with the State or municipal governments need to be current with their state and federal taxes....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Tax Like an Egyptian: The wholesale rate, the retail rate, and tax “pyramiding”
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:58 PM :: 3013 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...we struggled to determine the purposes of the provisions reviewed, and in some cases, were unable to even infer the purposes. Additionally, we had no objective means to assess whether provisions were achieving their purposes....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 AM :: 2443 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and the highest Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ige Defers Harbor Tariff Hike
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 2917 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Taxes

"...This will allow local shippers and businesses, especially those on the neighbor islands, to conduct business without worrying about a rate increase at this time....”

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2906 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Mayor Victorino returns budget to Maui Council without signature
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 2480 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, COVID-19

...Victorino said his proposed property tax rates would have provided relief for hotels, resorts and short-term rentals from the economic downturn....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 2318 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2114 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...tinkering with the tax code to raise more money has the effect of putting the brakes on what little spin we have left on our economic engine....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2548 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
26 States Will Protect Businesses from COVID-19-Related Unemployment Tax Hikes--Hawaii isn't one of them
By Tax Foundation @ 11:44 PM :: 3751 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...One way policymakers can help expedite their state’s economic recovery is by protecting employers from facing higher UI tax rates at a time when they can least afford to pay them....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:35 PM :: 2611 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii is 9th at 36.6%....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 3088 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 2500 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:56 PM :: 2250 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 22.2% of Hawaii State tax receipts come from individual income taxes ....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 2389 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Legislature must rein in state budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 2400 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Grassroot testimony outlines the problem and suggests some reforms....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
Crossing the Rubicon Into Tax Suspension
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2525 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

...Buried on the 19th page of a 68-page the document is a sentence suspending “Section 237D-6.5(b), distribution of the transient accommodations tax.”....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
‘Multiplier effect’ is poor justification for increased government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 3292 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...if Hawaii’s lawmakers wish to save our state economy from its current freefall, they must not be afraid to reduce state spending....

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Looking for $1.5B? Auditor Provides Handy List of GE Tax Hikes and Special Funds to Raid
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:49 PM :: 3090 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... stopgap measures which could help prevent public employees from feeling the slightest suffering...for now....

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Monday, May 4, 2020
Oahu Storm Water Utility to hold virtual community meetings
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2251 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging....

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Sunday, May 3, 2020
VIDEO: Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 3279 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii doesn't have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii's tax system be a reason for the shortage?....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2957 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...This is not a far-fetched scenario....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Taxing Medical Practice to Death
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3314 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...Unless you like the idea of having doctors in rural areas being scarcer than toilet paper....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Hawaii CoC petitions governor for more COVID aid
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 2223 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...Suspension, deferment of general excise tax collections....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Remove GE Tax from Medical Practices to Save Private MDs
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 2963 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

...We have a 44% shortage of physicians on the Big Island....

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Worst Return on Investment. Again.
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2486 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...a 50-state study called “2020’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI....”

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Friday, April 3, 2020
COVID Relief: Chamber of Commerce Petition Calls for GE Tax to be Suspended
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 2400 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Launches Petition to Urge Governor Ige to Take Further Action to Help COVID-19 Impacted Local Businesses ....

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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lead. Grant relief. Don’t take more. Please.
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2588 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Now’s Not The Time To Raise Taxes And Fees....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Maui Budget: Property Tax Cut Proposed
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 2385 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...Mayor Victorino presents administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Calls for Suspension or Delay of GE Tax
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 2695 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...This measure is one of several that the Chamber is proposing to provide relief to local businesses....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Wallet Hub @ 8:47 PM :: 2533 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii 2nd highest taxes paid per capita....

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Sunday, March 22, 2020
Who’s Watching the Store?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2125 Views :: Taxes

...When do Legislators know that enough is enough?  -- When somebody — or preferably LOTS of somebodies — tells them....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax Takes $2431 per Capita -- 2nd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:03 AM :: 2237 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...How Much Does Your State Collect in Sales Taxes per Capita?....

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Green Fees – But Not the Golfing Kind
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3286 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

...per visitor, per stay charges the money from which goes to protect and preserve the environment....

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Saturday, March 14, 2020
Hawaii Property Taxes per Capita--$1,236
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 2631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes per Capita?....

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Friday, March 13, 2020
Corona Virus Reality Check
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 2584 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

...It’s time to discard its big-spending plans and focus on ways to help the economy recover quickly....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Is Hawaii Prepared for a Recession?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 2918 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

... the "coronavirus recession" and what Hawaii can do financially to cope with it ....  

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Monday, March 9, 2020
Crossover: Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:56 AM :: 2355 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

...Legislators propose to pile on the taxes....

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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Just a Technical Change
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2884 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...the Department of Taxation, is behind a few of them....

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Friday, March 6, 2020
UHERO: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System
By UHERO @ 7:47 PM :: 2050 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 :: 2650 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 :: 2237 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 :: 2279 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 :: 2436 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 :: 4409 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 :: 3510 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 :: 2403 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 :: 2009 Views :: Taxes

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

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