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Sunday, November 3, 2013
Share Loss of TAT Could Spell Increased GET
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4298 Views :: Taxes

...legislative leaders have been taking a dog and pony show on the road to try and convince county officials to give up their revenue sharing of the transient accommodations tax....

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Friday, November 1, 2013
Kiplinger: Hawaii Among Least Tax-Friendly States
By Selected News Articles @ 7:10 PM :: 3928 Views :: Taxes

...our picks for the 10 most tax-friendly and the 10 least tax-friendly states in the U.S....

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Study detailing Hawaii’s hidden retirement liabilities should haunt taxpayers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 6008 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Halloween, the Chicago-based government watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, issued what its authors call a “haunting” report....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
3 Trillion Reasons Not to Raise Taxes Again
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 3736 Views :: Taxes

... raised taxes 13 times in 2013 ....

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Sunday, October 27, 2013
Reforming the Tax Law to Recognize New Efficiencies
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4136 Views :: Taxes

More than a decade ago, lawmakers and tax department officials finally realized that it is possible to purchase services for resale....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
SB1 Would Impose New Tax on Churches—Even if they Accept Gay Marriage
By Andrew Walden @ 5:31 AM :: 7641 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Taxes

...marriage-related church functions, until now regarded as non-profit, will be considered a ‘for-profit’ activity....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Senate WAM Briefing to Consider ‘Tax System Modernization’
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 3883 Views :: Taxes
  • DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
  • TIME: 10:00 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 211, State Capitol
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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Reasons to be Concerned About Obamacare - Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5547 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

The shut down of the federal government pivots on which side will blink first....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Audit: City Lets Elite Avoid $1.8M in Property Taxes on 'Historic' Homes
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 5804 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

The audit objective was to evaluate the RPAD processes related to the classification, reclassification, valuation, and assessment of real property for taxation purposes....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Report: Hawaii Ranks 30th in Business Tax Climate
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Tax Foundation’s 2014 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index  enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare....
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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Raising Debt Ceiling, Cutting Spending is Crux of Issue
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3941 Views :: Taxes

Last week’s partial shutdown of the federal government broke records on the airwaves of twitter and other social media with much of the criticism....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
"Rich States" Also Have Debts -- Hawaii Ranks #5
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 4693 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Taxpayer Burden for Hawaii, the 5th “richest state,” is $ 39,900 compared to its median household income of $66,259.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 5391 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Monday, September 30, 2013
Taking Effect Today: Honolulu Property Tax Hikes Target Elderly
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 5856 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...thanks to a Christmas Tree Clause in 13-33, developers and wealthy individuals with 10 acres or more have been given an easy out for upzoned properties....

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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Quick Fix for Social Security Could Create False Hopes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3897 Views :: Taxes

Apparently when one is an elected official, one has to make sure that their concerns reflect the concerns of their constituency and obviously the concerns of seniors is right up there at the top of the list....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
HPR: Grassroot Institute on the “Critical State of Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities”
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 5928 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...listen to Dr. Akina further discuss the problem on HPR’s “The Conversation”....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Lerner’s out at IRS, but Hawaii tea parties still want answers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:00 PM :: 6899 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

She was angered when she got an inquiry from the IRS in 2012 demanding she provide detailed information on Honolulu tea party activities, materials, pictures, videos, names of speakers and attendees, as well as copies and recordings of speeches made during events....

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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Quoted Study, Missing Important Caveat, is Misleading
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4870 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...unlike other states that have a retail sales tax structure, Hawaii’s general excise tax focuses on the gross income received by a business....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 AM :: 6534 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes

The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 6902 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Monday, September 9, 2013
States Offer Tax-Filing Guidance for Same-Sex Couples
By Selected News Articles @ 7:16 PM :: 5712 Views :: Family, Taxes

...the IRS announced that any same-sex couple who married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage can file a joint federal tax return, even if the state where they currently live does not recognize same-sex marriage....

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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Quandary Ahead as State Digresses from Conformity
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4133 Views :: Taxes

For more than 35 years the state has adhered to a policy of conforming with the federal income tax code....

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Friday, September 6, 2013
Hawaii is #1 Welfare State in the Nation
By Tito Montes @ 10:54 PM :: 11342 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... Tito Montes discussing the desperate need for welfare reform in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
New Sales Tax Study Highlights the Problem in Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:05 PM :: 4215 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

On paper it may appear Hawaii has a "low sales tax," but that is not the case....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6873 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Hawaii GE Tax "Broadest in the US"
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 4784 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, taxing many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxing 99.21% of the state's personal income. This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46%....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Placing Check-off Designations on Tax Form Paid for by All Taxpayers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4098 Views :: Taxes

...enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for their specific cause....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 5210 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Property Tax Exemptions on Honolulu Council Committee Agenda
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 5268 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Wednesday August 21, 2013 9AM....

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Sunday, August 18, 2013
Purchases of Goods and Services for Resale Afforded Lesser Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4526 Views :: Taxes

For many years it was difficult for policymakers and administrators to conceive that services, like goods, could be purchased for resale....

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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mayor claims $26 million shortfall just days into fiscal year
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:59 AM :: 6423 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
“How did it suddenly appear?” Kobayashi asked.
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Final Judgment: Online Travel Companies Owe State $246M
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 4991 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...final judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii and against nine Online Travel Companies selling Hawaii hotel rooms over the Internet....

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Obama Administration: Largest Tax Hike since WWII
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 3544 Views :: Taxes

...taxes are rising faster now under Obama than they have under any other president since WWII....

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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Producers Already Enjoy Reduced Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 8081 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...it is not the cost of the tax that adds to the price of locally grown products as much as it is the external factors such as the cost of land, labor, and regulatory compliance....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 5388 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Federal Government in Worse Shape than Detroit
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 6231 Views :: National News, Labor, Taxes

Detroit’s demise was the result of big-government, liberal policies promoted by self-interested politicians and coercive public employee unions....

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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Passing on the General Excise Tax is Not Possible For Some
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4746 Views :: Taxes

A number of questions about Hawaii’s general excise tax seem to resurface....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Simplified property taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:40 PM :: 4785 Views :: Taxes
With ten new property tax proposals under consideration in Honolulu, it’s a good time to think about what makes for fair and reasonable property taxes....
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Onerous Burden of Doing Business Goes Beyond Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 11:37 AM :: 5295 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

In addition to the fees and charges levied for these required permits and licenses, there is the time that it takes to secure many of these permits and licenses....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Paradise lost: Honolulu taxpayers drowning in crystal clear sea of debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:17 AM :: 5651 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
Honolulu, fiscal watchdogs warn, must curb spending, focus on its debt and address critical multi-billion dollar infrastructure problems ....
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 6899 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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Sunday, July 21, 2013
On-Going Need to Examine Who Pays for County Government
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4177 Views :: Taxes

A local reporter attempted to pin the Foundation down on whether or not it supported the handful of measures that had been thrown into the Honolulu City Council hopper ....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tax Watch: Honolulu Property Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:12 PM :: 6298 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

On July 10, 2013, Mayor Kirk Caldwell proposed ten property tax bills. All ten bills passed the first reading at the Honolulu City Council....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Businesses Should Fear States' Pension Debts
By NCPA @ 3:57 PM :: 4332 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Businesses should see this as a warning, as they are a convenient target for politicians ....

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Sunday, July 14, 2013
Opportunity to Strengthen Accountability for Tax Dollars
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5165 Views :: Labor, Taxes

News of the very generous pay increases granted to police officers sent shock waves through the ranks of city and county officials across the state generating calls for “revenue enhancements” or tax increases....

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Sunday, July 7, 2013
Other Questionable Subsidies Provided by Highway Users
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3738 Views :: Taxes

...some of the ways the highway user is tapped to fund what is obliquely related to the construction, repair and maintenance of state and county roads....

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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Need to Make Everyone Pay Their Fair Share for Roads
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4054 Views :: Taxes

Honolulu’s Mayor was rebuffed by the City Council earlier this year when he submitted a proposal to raise the county gas tax by five cents a gallon....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 7159 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Needed Services Should be Paid by Users of the Service
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 5490 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

The reaction to last week’s commentary could only be described as shrill....

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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Neither Age nor Disability is an Indication of Financial Need
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4897 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Nearly a year and a half ago, a commission appointed by the Honolulu City Council to study some of the inequities in the real property tax ordinance dropped its findings on the desks of Council members....

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