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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 76 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
A+ Fees to Increase 67%
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 102 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Monthly fees for A+ programming will be increasing from $120 to $200 ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 172 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 494 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 709 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Taxpayer Debt Burden: Honolulu Grade 'F', Maui Grade 'D'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 623 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“When combined with their share of the state debt, Honolulu taxpayers each owe $61,300.”

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
What can Hawaii Learn from Tax Reform in the Cornhusker State?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 614 Views :: Taxes

... “Growing the Good Life Begins Here” ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Tax Planning with the Rich and Famous
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 691 Views :: Taxes

... “Those people have at their disposal so many ways to flummox the tax authorities if they want to. Panamanian bearer shares corporations. Dutch sandwiches. Entities from the Isle of Man, the Caymans, or Bermuda perhaps.” ....

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
More Sovereignty Scammers Busted: Two Individuals Charged in Hawaii Tax Conspiracy
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 1854 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Another sovereignty scammer busted ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Competition for People
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 751 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
Biden Tax Hike: Hawaii Combined Income Tax Rate to Hit 57.4%
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 1568 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... If Congress’s new tax hikes come through, successful residents in high-tax states will be placed in a terrible position. ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Vacant Homes Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1001 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... How does some bureaucrat sitting in the real property tax office have any idea whether a property is vacant? ....

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Friday, September 10, 2021
​The Vacant Homes Tax: Can this Even be Enforced?
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 1390 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... an increase of up to 2000% ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Counties, You’re TAT Collectors Now
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 937 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... HB 862 makes no provision whatsoever for joint collection. The counties are on their own ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 1100 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 847 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Can Raising a Tax Lose Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 733 Views :: Taxes

... One fundamental assumption that has been made over the years by our lawmakers is that if you enact a tax, money will be raised.  What if that weren’t true? ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
The Time Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 947 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 1383 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Tax Hike News: Kai Kahele Co-Sponsors Carbon Pricing Bill
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 1066 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Taxes

... The Energy Innovation Act will put a price on so-called carbon pollution and allegedly allocate some of that revenue to Americans as a monthly dividend or “carbon cash back” payment to make you feel better about high fuel and electric costs ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Military Spouse Tax Act Introduced
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1004 Views :: Military, Taxes

... allowing the military spouse to keep their home domicile for state income tax purposes ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Eligible homeowners encouraged to apply for Real Property Tax Credit Program
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 1650 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... The deadline to apply for the Real Property Tax Credit Program is September 30, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
2021 Legislature: DLNR Scores Fees and Positions
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 1103 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... State lawmakers and DLNR leaders believe the 2021 legislative session was the most productive and effective for natural and cultural resources protection and support of any in recent decades ....

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Sunday, July 11, 2021
Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1204 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Does our government overreach?  Yes.  Why does it do that?  Because we let them ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 1318 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Vetoes and Overrides!
By Tom Yamachika @ 7:17 PM :: 970 Views :: Taxes

... HB58 “Enola Gay Frankenbill” really is dead this time ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 1220 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Sunday, July 4, 2021
Intent to Veto--the Enola Gay Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1355 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hopefully, the bad stuff will die and remain dead ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
Hawaii 3rd Highest Beer Tax in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:06 AM :: 980 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is 3rd-highest at $0.93 per gallon, just ahead of 4th place Kentucky .... 

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 1000 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
$100M Tax Hike: City conducts surveys for feedback about Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 1393 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

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

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1284 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:34 AM :: 845 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii wine taxes are 14th highest in USA ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 922 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
​Why Hawaii residents are moving away
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 AM :: 2048 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State taxes a major driver of the exodus ....

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
Showdown of the Juggernauts
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 911 Views :: Taxes

... Taxing Income in the New World of Teleworking ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1071 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Blangiardi: I Support HB862 -- 3% TAT Hike for Counties
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 1032 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

"...I support HB 862 as it provides the City the option of restoring a revenue base which has been lost – allowing us to continue services to our people...."

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1266 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Another Hawaii Couple Indicted in Sovereignty-Related Tax Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 2203 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... The Hawvers and the Chocks were plaintiffs alongside Rose Dradi, a Keanu Sai-Dexter Kiama collaborator, in a now-dismissed Sept 7, 2018 lawsuit claiming the IRS had no legal authority to collect taxes from them ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1460 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 1313 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Sunday, June 6, 2021
Enjoying Your Maui Resort Condo? Now Pay Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1558 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Some taxpayers on Maui are getting a nasty surprise this year because they didn’t do anything, and their real property tax rate doubled ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
​Taxes: How Hawaii Can Gouge Teleworkers
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 1248 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Taxing teleworking income from different states ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:11 AM :: 1208 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii collects $1,258 per capita ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1649 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Community Meetings set for O‘ahu Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 1035 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hawaii GE Tax Highest In USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:39 PM :: 1318 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii ($2,694) ....

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Sunday, May 9, 2021
State/Federal Changes in Income Tax Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1628 Views :: Taxes

... Income tax is a complicated enough subject already ....

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