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Sunday, May 27, 2018
We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 197 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...HB 2416 applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Hawaii Tax Revenue up 20.2% Since Great Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 7:02 PM :: 197 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Pew's analysis compares state tax receipts from when the Great Recession began in December 2007 to the fourth quarter of 2017....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
Hawaii 5th-Highest Beer Tax in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 6:49 PM :: 204 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...$0.93 per gallon....

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Sunday, May 20, 2018
Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 576 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet”....

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Sunday, May 13, 2018
​Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 695 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...SB 2699 proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT)....

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
Property Taxes Cost Hawaii $1070 per Person
By Tax Foundation @ 3:45 AM :: 752 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Average Per Capita Property Taxes: How Does Your State Compare?....

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Sunday, May 06, 2018
Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle…for Our Keiki?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 696 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The amendment, if approved by the voters, does not define what investment real property is. Nor does it contain any limitations on the taxing power. Almost all the details are left up to the state legislature....

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Friday, May 04, 2018
Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:05 PM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Saiki said that after passing last year’s rail tax hike, he feels like “the Legislature can do anything.”....

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Sunday, April 29, 2018
HB2432: The Tax Office Said So, So It Must Be True!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 758 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...HB 2432, one of the bills actively being considered this session, proposes to hike the “transient occupancy tax,” or TOT, by an as-yet-unspecified amount....

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Monday, April 23, 2018
HSTA: Our Slush Fund is on the Ballot Nov 6
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 963 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...​HSTA Slush Fund Unlimited Tax Increases in Your Future....

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Mighty Morphin Power Bills!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 772 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...lots of surprises as lawmakers press forward....

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Green Energy Plan: $2.3B Tax and Rate Hike to Send Even More Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 1306 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Over the past 15 years, the people of Hawaii have paid 260% more for electricity than the US average, while gasoline prices consistently hover close to $1-per-gallon higher.  (But we can go even higher)....

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Hawaii Legislature wants to vacuum up your tax savings
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:11 PM :: 805 Views :: Taxes

...In the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” Hawaii ranked 45th overall. One of the biggest reasons for that low ranking was Hawaii’s high level of taxation....

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
220% Conveyance Tax Hike: HB207 Gut n Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1404 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...The Feds Gave You a Break? Now We, the State, Can Turn the Screws!....

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Friday, April 13, 2018
Hawaii schools need flexibility, not centralization
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 792 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...At a time when many advocates of education reform are promoting greater local involvement in schools, Hawaii appears to be moving in the opposite direction....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Does Your State Tax Manufacturing Machinery?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:38 PM :: 770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the sales tax bases in Hawaii, New Mexico, and South Dakota are incredibly broad, so it’s not surprising that they would tax these types of transactions....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tax Freedom Day Hawaii -- April 20
By Tax Foundation @ 3:39 PM :: 682 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...last year Hawaii Tax Freedom Day was April 19....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Tax Burden: Hawaii Ranks #2
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 774 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...only New York State is higher....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Death Tax: Hawaii One of Only a Few States
By Tax Foundation @ 4:28 PM :: 998 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Recently, states have moved away from these taxes or raised the exemption levels....

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Monday, April 02, 2018
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 1042 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...where do taxpayers get the least bang for their buck?....

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Sunday, April 01, 2018
Financial Planning for a $200M Per Year Deficit?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 754 Views :: Taxes

...why do we have a current state financial plan that spends more than $200 million every year over available revenues?....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Help Hawaii's Middle Class
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 852 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...projected to increase overall after-tax income in every quintile of taxpayers....

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Sunday, March 25, 2018
The California Stupidity Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1218 Views :: Taxes

...California is now trying to enact a workaround, and some Hawaii lawmakers are actively considering similar legislation....

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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Maui Tax and Spend: Massive Property Tax Hikes to Cover $114M in New Spending
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 1395 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...Spending would increase by $114.8 million, or 16.3%, over current period....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Voter backlash no longer a threat to tax hikes?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:12 PM :: 948 Views :: Taxes

...For years, it was conventional wisdom that as tax-happy as the Hawaii Legislature might be, it still would avoid raising taxes in an election year....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Senate Passes $72M in Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2299 Views :: Taxes

...The State Senate has drafted, discussed, and voted on SB508, SB2415, SB2484, SB2489, SB2699, and SB2821 that are projected to generate approximately $72 million in revenues....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
How the ‘Trump Tax’ affects Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 PM :: 1027 Views :: Taxes

...Thu, March 29, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM HST....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
SB648 Amended to Increase Sister Islands TAT Share
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 1761 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... The TAT amount for the City & County of Honolulu is unchanged ....

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Adjusted for Cost of Living, Hawaii Taxes Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 PM :: 1263 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...$8,277 -- Annual Hawaii State & Local Taxes on Median State Household....

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Monday, March 12, 2018
DBEDT: Hawaii Households get $710M from Republican Tax Cuts
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 1343 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Democrats Bitter, Spiteful....

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Sunday, March 11, 2018
Groundhog Day in the Hawaii Senate
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 861 Views :: Taxes

... “It wasn’t that long ago that I was before this same committee testifying on a very similar bill on the very same tax provision, seeking to do the very same thing....”

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Income Tax: Hawaii 2nd Highest n USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 1267 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii has reinstated its formerly temporary individual income tax brackets, ranging from 8.25 to 11 percent .... 

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
Auditor: Legislators 100% 'Fail to Meet Criteria' for New Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:43 PM :: 1508 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 85 house and senate bills proposing 64 special and revolving funds during the 2018 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
By the Way, Could We Have $50 Million More?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1245 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...In the middle of this process, sometimes a letter from the Governor arrives saying, “We need to make some adjustments...."

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Pump $1.3B into Hawaii Economy
By UHERO @ 1:30 AM :: 1987 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Democrat media unanimous: 'Nothing to see here'....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2018 Property Taxes Ranked by State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 1132 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value -- $1,459 (33rd–highest)....

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Teachers Union Grabs for Billion Dollar Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1387 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...Do the problems in our classrooms have anything to do with special funds at all?....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Hawaii GE Tax Takes $8,360 from Family of Four
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii General sales tax collections per capita: $2,090 (the highest in USA)....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Trump Tax In Hawaii?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1405 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...how to adapt the new federal tax law changes to Hawaii....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii GE Tax hits many products multiple times
By Tax Foundation @ 8:16 PM :: 1324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105.08 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 1394 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Community Meetings Set to Discuss 12.5% Hawaii County GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 2814 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

...nine meetings set for Feb 12-19th, 2018....

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Thursday, February 08, 2018
50-State Corporate Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2018
By Tax Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 1565 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Forty-four states levy a corporate income tax. Rates range from 3 percent in North Carolina to 12 percent in Iowa....

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Hawaii Ranks #4 for Millionaires per Capita
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 1363 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Study shows Democrats have become party of the rich ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HSTA Pushing Massive Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 1724 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

....more money and less accountability....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
‘Audit The Rail’ in Twilight Zone
By Joe Kent @ 2:08 AM :: 1348 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...elected officials raised taxes to pay for Honolulu County’s rail system while indicating their intention to conduct an in-depth, forensic audit of the over-budget, behind-schedule megaproject....

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Sunday, January 28, 2018
Oops! DoTax Math Error!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1187 Views :: Taxes

...“math error authority” brings to mind one of the failings in Hawaii’s tax system....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Agreement to Fund Government Delays Three Health Care-Related Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:25 PM :: 978 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...these three health-related taxes would have taken $31.25 billion over the ten-year period from 2018 to 2027....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Cigarette Taxes 5th Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:55 PM :: 1455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Connecticut and New York share the highest tax rate with $4.35 per pack, trailed by Rhode Island ($4.25), Massachusetts ($3.51), and Hawaii ($3.20)....

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
Small Business Tax Cut: Will Hawaii Legislature Conform?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1065 Views :: Taxes

...lawmakers will be asked to conform our Hawaii income tax law to the federal changes that have taken place in 2017....

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