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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Where Did Your Tax Money Go?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:56 AM :: 3327 Views :: Taxes

Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:18 PM :: 4418 Views :: National News, Taxes
“At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”?
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
What’s The Streamlined Sales Tax Project – And Should We Jump In?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4116 Views :: Taxes

This problem could be solved if Congress steps in....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:57 AM :: 7139 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

...criminal activities, including “violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights,” “misleading investigators,” and “exposing private taxpayer information”....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Census: Hawaii Tax Revenue Jump 3rd Highest in Nation
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 4696 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

States with the largest percentage increase were North Dakota (27.8 percent), California (15.6 percent), Hawaii (10.5 percent)....

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Tax Return Extensions – Not an Occasion to Punt on Working the Numbers
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3618 Views :: Taxes
If you didn't, the computer will take away your extension retroactively. And it will probably hit you with 25% penalties, and interest on top of that....
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Hawaii State-Local Tax Burden Drops to 20th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 AM :: 4586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii moved from 14th to 20th....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5418 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 5566 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 8560 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
If You Want a Tax Appeal, Beware the Weekend
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3657 Views :: Taxes

Once in a while people fight with taxing agencies about their taxes....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare?
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 4055 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...rates and rankings of all 50 states on 39 different measures of tax and fiscal policy....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 4992 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:20 AM :: 4517 Views :: Taxes

Here are the tax highlights from the 2014 Legislative Session....

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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Mayors Are Still After GE Tax Surcharge Authority
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3700 Views :: Taxes

This bill is still alive and it represents probably the largest TAX INCREASE still moving.....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #2 for Dividend Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 6415 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Californians face the highest top marginal personal dividend tax rate in the United States of 33 percent, followed by taxpayers in New York (31.5 percent), and Hawaii (31.6 percent)....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 6272 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Whither the Independent Appeals Officer?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4076 Views :: Taxes

Appeals officers help over 100,000 taxpayers each year resolve their tax disputes with the IRS....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 6360 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Video: Grassroot Institute Talks with Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 AM :: 3678 Views :: Taxes

Mr. Yamachika discusses the state’s current tax policies and the work of Tax Foundation....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:02 PM :: 3697 Views :: Taxes

“The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986.” And it shows....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6941 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Inside the IRS Corruption Scandal
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 5281 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

IRS officials admitted that groups with conservative leanings, especially with the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, had been targeted....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
New Travel Agency Taxes Damage Tourism and Are Illegal
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:38 PM :: 4977 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

New states considering online travel agency taxes should consider the harmful effect on tourism and the potential for legal battles they're likely to lose....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Honolulu: Highest Taxes in USA for Low Income Residents, 9th Lowest for High Income Residents
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 AM :: 6326 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $4,232 (the highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $11,840 (9th lowest)
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Sunday, February 16, 2014
I Thought There Was Only One Beast to Feed
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3448 Views :: Taxes

When you and I pay our taxes, we probably expect that the money we pay in will be used toward any and all legitimate financial needs of the state....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Caldwell's Latest Scheme: Garbage Tax
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 6559 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Caldwell's Garbage Tax Would Hit Nonprofits, Small Business Hard....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 7766 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 5401 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...its major impact has been as a funding source for energy and food security initiatives....

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Thursday, February 6, 2014
SB 2169: GE Tax Cut Would Help Working Families and the Poor
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 3844 Views :: Taxes

32 states have similar exemptions, and research has demonstrated that low and middle-income families spend a larger proportion of their income on food costs....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Bitter Abercrombie Bickers With 'Irresponsible' Legislators over CAFR Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 AM :: 4955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"Well, I’m always pleased to share credit when people realize they can’t avoid their responsibilities anymore...." - Abercrombie

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Sunday, February 2, 2014
I Need a Gun, Mommy, but I won't use it (now)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3598 Views :: Taxes

Recently the mayors of our four large counties all got together in what has been described as their annual pilgrimage to the legislature....

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Saturday, February 1, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 7690 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Hawaii AG: Trans-Pac Partnership Endangers State Tobacco Revenues
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 5461 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

Attorney General David M. Louie joined 46 fellow state and territorial attorneys general in signing a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
VIDEO: Hawaii House, Senate Republicans Join Forces
By Video @ 10:04 PM :: 6419 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

Senator Slom and Representative Aaron Ling Johanson and his fellow House Republicans are introducing companion legislation that includes financial relief for every taxpayer in Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tax Foundation of Hawaii: We are Still Here, and Life Goes On
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4171 Views :: Taxes

There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Ige: SB2982 Amends Constitution to Shield Pension Income from Taxation
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 3536 Views :: Taxes

SB 2982 proposes a constitutional amendment to exclude certain retirement benefits from income taxation....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tobacco Control? Hawaii Scores 'A' for Taxes and Regulation, 'D' for Prevention
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 5502 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the distribution of tobacco settlement funds for tobacco prevention and control will return to 6.5 percent after being redirected into the general fund to offset budget deficits for the past several years....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures
By NCPA @ 2:46 PM :: 5810 Views :: National News, Tax Credits, Taxes

...high-income and low-income filers had large tax expenditures, while middle-income taxpayers had smaller expenditures....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Appleseed: Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 5099 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...a proposed bill containing four components that will significantly improve the economic vitality of low and moderate income households....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ward: No Pension Tax
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:21 PM :: 5356 Views :: Taxes

Souki's call for a pension tax on older, well-off residents of Hawaii is like Governor Abercrombie's Pension Tax of 2011...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The 2014 ObamaCare Tax Wave
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 3996 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the HIT would increase health insurance premiums by more than $2,800 per person and $6,800 per family over a decade....


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Monday, January 13, 2014
Services Planned for Taxpayer Advocate Lowell Kalapa
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 8117 Views :: Taxes

"...he provided a very valuable voice, especially in this town where you don't have too many people speaking out on anything."

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Monday, January 13, 2014
$33,000 Per Person: Hawaii State Debt #2 in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 6385 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Residents of Alaska ($40,000 per resident) and Hawaii ($33,000) have the highest levels of state debt on a per capita basis, followed by Connecticut ($31,000), Ohio($28,000) and Illinois ($25,000)....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
New IRS Rule Could Cut Into Restaurant Workers' Tips
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 6104 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

As of January 1, a new tax rule will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic tips....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Resort Fees: SB1201 Proposes Massive Hike in TAT
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 AM :: 5284 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“resort fees by hotels are subject to the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT)”
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Monday, January 6, 2014
High Home Values Give Hawaii Low Property Tax Percentage
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 5431 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...property taxes as a share of home values ranging from 0.2 percent (Maui County, Hawaii) to 3.1 percent (Wayne County, New York)....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 3859 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Hawaii: Twelfth Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 PM :: 4215 Views :: Taxes

This tax structure is not surprising given Hawaii’s reliance on tourism as its primary economic driver....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 4336 Views :: Taxes

... and two tax hikes for 2014 ....

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