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Friday, August 16, 2013
Mayor claims $26 million shortfall just days into fiscal year
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:59 AM :: 6457 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 :: 5020 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 :: 3564 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 :: 8137 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 :: 5429 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 :: 6274 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 :: 4773 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 :: 4822 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 :: 5324 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 :: 5686 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 :: 6952 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 :: 4207 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 :: 6346 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 :: 4359 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 :: 5203 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 :: 3764 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 :: 4077 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 :: 7207 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 :: 5525 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 :: 4938 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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Friday, June 14, 2013
Tea Party Maui leaders call for special prosecutor to investigate IRS
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:05 PM :: 5610 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

Sen. Sam Slom was the guest speaker at the Tea Party Maui meeting Thursday where Jim Wagoner was elected president of the organization....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hawaii’s GE tax mark-up
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:58 PM :: 5154 Views :: Taxes
Hawaii GET - Everything Marked Up!.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 6842 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Hawaii Pastors Join Nationwide Challenge to IRS
By News Release @ 12:11 PM :: 6085 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Taxes

Nearly 1,100 pastors nationwide registered to speak out on marriage as part of annual Alliance Defending Freedom event....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
How the IRS Monitors Tax Credits
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 5925 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...out of $668.1 million in tax credits claimed in tax year 2011, the Service disallowed only $11 million, and failed to find a single case of fraud....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Obamacare Puts IRS on Steroids
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:24 PM :: 4569 Views :: Health Care, Taxes
IRS on Steroids.
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Internet Sales Tax Will Kill My Small Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:42 PM :: 4382 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Hi, I’m Catesby Jones....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
CoR Releases General Fund Forecast
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 3429 Views :: Taxes
In producing its forecasts, the Council adopted specific adjustments reflecting effects on General Fund tax revenues of tax law changes enacted by the 2011 Legislature....
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Sunday, June 2, 2013
No Good Intention Goes Without Consequences
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4441 Views :: Taxes

One issue that has irritated lawmakers for the past few years is the ability to transfer ownership of companies or organizations that have substantial holdings of real estate without having to pay the conveyance tax....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013
VIDEO: Time to Shrink the Monster
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:51 PM :: 5179 Views :: National News, Taxes
A new video by Bankrupting America....
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
ObamaCare Mandates Dramatically Expand the Internal Revenue Service's Power
By NCPA @ 11:33 AM :: 4518 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...many people are exempt from the mandate, and so the IRS has to know a lot about you in order to decide whether you are in compliance....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Taxes: What Did Apple Do Wrong?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:27 AM :: 3799 Views :: Taxes

A Senate subcommittee accused the company of “shifting” profits from the U.S. to other countries and avoiding paying taxes....

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Saturday, May 18, 2013
IRS to Maui TEA Party: "Provide details of your relationship with Dylan Nonaka"
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 AM :: 8252 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party
Among the questions sent from the National IRS office in Cincinnati was this item referencing Dylan Nonaka....
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 6558 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Gay Marriage Activists Given IRS Files of Opponents
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 5510 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Taxes

...the IRS leaked National Organization for Marriage's confidential financial documents to the rival Human Rights Campaign. Those NOM documents were published on the Huffington Post on March 30, 2012....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Morning Bell: The IRS Wants to Know If You’re a “Patriot”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 6222 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Taxes

Heritage sounded the alarm on the Obama Administration’s hit list nearly a year ago....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
ProPublica: IRS Office Gave Us Confidential Docs From Conservative Groups
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 5187 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes
The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year....
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Monday, May 13, 2013
ObamaCare’s Unfair Treatment of Middle Class Families
By NCPA @ 4:38 PM :: 4583 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...many workers will soon discover that when they earn more money, they end up with less take-home pay....

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Monday, May 13, 2013
Peace Frogs Join Chorus Against Internet Sales Tax
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:56 PM :: 3313 Views :: Taxes

The Internet sales tax passed the Senate, but a growing chorus is pointing out that it would hurt many to help the tax man....

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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Hirono, Schatz Vote Would Impose Hawaii GE Tax on Stock Transactions
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 4420 Views :: Taxes
Financial experts say this means states tax “sales” such as stock trades in a mutual fund or brokerage account, or even contributions to pension plans such as 401(k)s that were designed to be tax-free until retirement....
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Moving the Tax Burden to Others
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:58 AM :: 4197 Views :: Taxes
“Don’t Tax You, Don’t Tax Me, Tax that Man Behind the Tree.”
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Obamacare: Taxpayers Must Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:11 AM :: 4792 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
IRS Admits Targeting TEA Party Groups—Maui TEA Party Among Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 6880 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Ready for Another Debt Limit Fight?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 5083 Views :: National News, Taxes
Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again....
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Pacquiao Takes Fight in Macau, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rate Proves Too High
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:40 PM :: 5315 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with – $15 million?"
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Making Reimbursements Could Incur Tax Liability
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 5098 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
In recent years, various proposals to exempt the reimbursement of amounts paid out by mangers or operators of a number of business activities have been enacted....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Budget: Kenoi Proposes $21M Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 5097 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes
...this budget incorporates a property tax 'adjustment' that would allow the county to collect an estimated $219 million in the year ahead....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
No Hawaii Beverage Tax Cheers Third Win in a Row
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 4507 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Unfortunately, we know from past experience that even though the public doesn't want a beverage tax, some lawmakers will keep pushing for one....

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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Starting in October: 15% Penalty on Overpaid Unemployment Comp
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 AM :: 6289 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has amended its Employment Security Law as follows....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
SB1196 Small Vendors Targeted by DoTax
By Video @ 9:47 AM :: 4735 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Assists with enforcement of cash economy laws by the department of taxation ....

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