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Sunday, November 19, 2017
DoTax: No End to Litigation, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 11 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes

...The Department apparently regards the taxpayers here as lower life forms and wants to give them no respect.... 

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Understanding the Congressional tax bill
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 192 Views :: Taxes

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Auditor: DoTax Funds ‘Do not meet Criteria’
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:15 PM :: 246 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...Review of Special Funds, Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Department of Taxation....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Republican Tax Cut Plan Would Give $3174 to Average Hawaii Household
By Tax Foundation @ 2:33 PM :: 372 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The increase in family incomes is the result of both the income tax cuts and the broader rise in productivity and wages due to economic growth....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Department of Taxation Customer Service – Don’t’ Be a Victim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 490 Views :: Taxes

“I object to the use of the word ‘customer.’ It certainly doesn’t feel like that type of relationship to me. Maybe ‘hostage’?”

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
A DOTax Nightmare: No End to Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 684 Views :: Taxes

Halloween may be over, but we still have lots of scary stories!

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Friday, November 03, 2017
GOP Tax Plan Will End Federal Subsidy for Unaffordable Housing and High Tax Localities
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:10 AM :: 664 Views :: National News, Republican Party, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...repeals the state and local tax deduction for income and sales taxes and caps the SALT deduction for property taxes at $10,000. The home mortgage interest is grandfathered in and preserved for new homes up to $500,000....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii’s Taxes, from the Outside Looking In
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 1721 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax and public pension systems will be put under the microscope at a series of three free panel discussions hosted by Hawaii Rep. Andria Tupola, on Thursday, Nov. 2....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Corporate Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 14th
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 458 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii dropped from 11th for 2017 to 14th for 2018....

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
IRS Admits Harassment of Maui TEA Party Group, Apologizes
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 839 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, TEA Party

...In Proposed Settlement, IRS Admits Wrongdoing, Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party and Conservative Groups....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
DoTax Leaves Fewer Callers in the Dust
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 615 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Did DOTAX Turn the Corner on Customer Service?....

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Moody's: Hawaii has Already Collected the Taxes for Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 9:47 AM :: 737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has enough in cash reserves to weather next recession, report says....

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Business Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 27th
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 574 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State Business Tax Climate Index is a measure of how well states structure their tax systems....

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Rep Andria Tupola to Host Hawaii Tax Conference
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 893 Views :: Taxes

...with speakers from the Reason Foundation, Tax Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trusts to inform the public on ways we can solve many of our fiscal problems and make our economy better....

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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Incentives for Retirement Savings
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 814 Views :: Taxes

...During the past few months, the Tax Review Commission has been busy at work....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Kiplinger: Hawaii Taxes 7th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 768 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and this is before the legislature raised the TAT and increased the Income Tax.... 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
State and Local Taxation Per Capita: Hawaii Takes $5,705
By Tax Foundation @ 2:20 PM :: 712 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has the 8th highest amount of taxation per capita in the USA....

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Sunday, October 08, 2017
If You're Still Paying Use Tax on Amazon Purchases--Stop
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1809 Views :: Taxes

...those who buy things from Amazon and have been paying Use Tax can stop....

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Sunday, October 01, 2017
Fritz v. Department of Taxation, and Why You Should Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1068 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

Over the past several months, there has been a court fight brewing that could have changed how the Department of Taxation lobbies for legislation....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hawaii Excise Taxes: $885 per Capita--3rd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:15 PM :: 919 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Excise taxes are particular taxes levied on specific goods or activities....

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
DLNR wants to triple fees for commercial marine licenses
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 985 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
How High Are Property Tax Collections Where You Live?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:19 PM :: 863 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii counties collect an average of $980 in property tax per capita....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 1240 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Caldwell: Now That Legislature Has Done the Hard Work of Raising Taxes, I Urge HART to Not Do Nothing
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 2114 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...Doing nothing is unacceptable...." -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sept 18, 2017

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Highest Sales Tax in USA on Per Capita Basis
By Tax Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1108 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii and North Dakota collect the most in statewide sales tax per capita at $2,090 and $1,835 respectively....

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Rail: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1661 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The special session rail bill, SB 4, provides that if the Foundation wins and the State is ordered to refund money to the City, then the State will scoop the same amount of money from the City’s share of transient accommodations tax....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 952 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...in FY 2015, the corporate income tax only comprised 5.3 percent of state tax collections....

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Friday, September 08, 2017
Hawaii taxes block prosperity
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 10:40 PM :: 839 Views :: Taxes

Confucius said to the ruler: So long as when you get richer, the poor get richer....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Andria Tupola: Special Session 2017 Wrap-Up
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 736 Views :: Rail, Taxes

......Our floor amendment to exclude neighbor islands from the 1% TAT increase received support from four other neighbor island Representatives....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Ige Signs $2.4B Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 1135 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...Ige’s signing of the rail funding bill also allows the Honolulu City Council to approve Bill 45, which extends O‘ahu’s half-percent surcharge to the state general excise tax another three years....

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Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1211 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Saturday, September 02, 2017
$2.4B Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 2074 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Senators highlighted in YELLOW are up for reelection in 2018.  Only four of them voted for the tax hike....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rail: FTA is open to shortening the route
By Honolulu Traffic @ 6:57 PM :: 1147 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...FTA is complicit.  That’s why it is likely to approve a Plan B that stops at Middle Street....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 1132 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu: For 1000s Property Tax Rate Will Quadruple Sept 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2607 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times what they are now....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 1160 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 1101 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Postpone tax talk until after rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 718 Views :: Taxes

...there is, in fact, another feasible option: no tax increases at all....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Which Counties Benefit Most From the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:16 PM :: 1011 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...how much U.S. taxpayers deduct in home mortgage interest by county....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 838 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Rep Tupola Backs Forensic Audit for HART
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 1152 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...City and HART officials were often unable to give specific answers to our questions and rarely took responsibility for their cost overruns and inflated budgets....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
No need for special session this summer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 1546 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the immediate cash flow problems have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds to help bail out the project....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Rail Fail: Why You Should Speak Out
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:04 PM :: 1182 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...Honolulu Rail Project is on track to becoming the costliest and most mismanaged public transportation project in our nation's history....

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Full Text: Lawmaker Leaks Plan to Make Sister Isles Pay for Rail -- Public Hearing Set
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2245 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature is hosting a public informational briefing on state funding for the City & County of Honolulu’s rail project at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 in the State Capitol auditorium....

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Monday, August 07, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 1741 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1148 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 1149 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Secret Rail Meetings at Legislature
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 1961 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

... If the funding of rail was all that was on the table it would be simple....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1760 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
$1.6B Available to Pay for Rail -- Without Raising Taxes
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 3581 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... we found $1.595B being siphoned off of Rail for non-rail purposes ....

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