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Sunday, April 14, 2024
Aloha ThinkTech
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 481 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes

... ThinkTech has fallen victim to a phenomenon that has plagued many nonprofits including the Tax Foundation of Hawaii:  a drop in donor funding ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 713 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
"How it feels to move to Las Vegas" Grassroot Hawaii Instagram posts attract 2.2 million views in March
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 892 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Here are the top videos that were posted in March ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 708 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 671 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 41st--Will Legislature Send Tax Cuts to Governor?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 1157 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green addressed the tax and migration issues in his policy brief issued last month. One of his solutions is indexing the state's income tax for inflation, he said ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 628 Views :: Taxes

... TABOR, a constitutional amendment approved by Colorado voters in 1992, limits the growth of government by limiting tax increases ....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
The Passthrough Entity Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 794 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... This is an issue here in Hawaii because our individual income tax rates can go up to 11%, second highest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1051 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Hawaii 2nd Highest State Tax Burden
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 1334 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Overall Tax Burden 11.80% ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
GET on Health Care, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1112 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... HB 1675: GET exemption for medical services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
A hard look at the root causes of the exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:33 AM :: 1473 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...When government is finally saying it is the problem, it’s on the right track to finding a solution....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Exodus to Mainland: State Loses $185M Tax Revenue
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 1342 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... outmigration since 2020 has resulted in the loss of $185 million in general excise taxes and state income taxes, or approximately $61.8 million per year ....

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Fear of the Unknown
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1162 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

... some bills replace a current tax rate with a blank.  Or several blanks.  Those are scary because you don’t know what our lawmakers are thinking of putting in there ....

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Saturday, March 23, 2024
Fraud: Another Sovereignty Scammer Pleads Guilty
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 1975 Views :: Higher Education, OHA, Taxes

... the sixth person charged in connection with the investigation into a group tied to Dexter Kiama and David Keanu Sai ....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Taxpayer ROI
By Selected News Articles @ 6:46 PM :: 1562 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... states with the Best & Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2024 ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
The Hawaii Estate Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1852 Views :: Taxes

... there are bills advancing that would, if enacted, fundamentally change how Hawaii’s estate tax works ....

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
House Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 1244 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"... will come at an extraordinary cost ...."

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Friday, March 8, 2024
TAT Audit: Maui County fails to Collect Millions from Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 1408 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... the County recognized over $56.9 million of MCTAT revenue on its financial statements. However, as of June 30, 2022, only $40 million (1) was actually deposited ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
HB1675: No GE Tax on Medical Services
By Video @ 3:40 AM :: 1398 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... supporting HB 1675 as the first step in getting rid of GET for medical services ....

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Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amended Return Equals Guilty Plea
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1517 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Here’s how the strategy works ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Hawaii Worst State to Be Middle Income from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 1509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... for middle income earners, taxes take 13.62% of income--highest in the USA ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 1295 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
The Department’s Quest to Nullify Evidence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1341 Views :: Taxes

... trampling on taxpayers’ rights ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
DoTax: State Tax Credits You Can Claim
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 1339 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... Hawaiʻi Department of Taxation Encourages Hawaiʻi Families to Claim Available Tax Credits ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Hawaii committee to discuss $25 tourism tax Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 AM :: 1335 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 2406 would impose a $25 "transient accommodation tax," also known as a TAT, on top of the 10.25% TAT that is already in place ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 1397 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
The ConAm Returns Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1311 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... The Counties all oppose this bill ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hoarding School Impact Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1465 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

... since 2007, not one thin dime has been spent out of the school impact fees collected ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A social tax policy I could agree with
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:13 PM :: 1237 Views :: Taxes

... It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Danger: 200 tax bills being considered by Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 PM :: 1529 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"... they’re not providing a very efficient source of revenue ...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
What Were They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the process to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff has begun ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1314 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1228 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 1120 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Enviros: Honolulu is Primed for Carbon Pricing
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1156 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... the Carbon Disclosure Project ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Recovery? Maui County Greets New Year with GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1196 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County surcharge and GET is 4.5% as of Jan. 1, 2024 ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Will Tax Relief be on Agenda for 2024?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1088 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... In the 2023 legislative session, that legislation was amended beyond recognition in both the House and Senate ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:56 AM :: 1151 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... “artificial limiters” imposed on the housing stock via the state’s 5% cap on land zoned for residential ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Legislature Considering Constitutional Amendment to Enact a State Property Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 1438 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to enact a tax on residential investment property valued at over $3 million ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
More Tax Hikes Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1712 Views :: Taxes

... It isn’t very far into the new year, but already the tax hike proposals have begun ....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Americans Moved to Low-Tax States in 2023
By Tax Foundation @ 11:20 PM :: 1273 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii 3rd biggest loser ....

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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Tax Word Find
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1120 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... remedy the consequences of some other folks who dropped the ball ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Merry Wet Christmas for Honolulu BWS
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3158 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Honolulu consumers will be subjected to a double whammy next year ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1222 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... a new real property tax classification specifically for long-term rental properties ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2185 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1198 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Voluntary tax incentives could encourage landlords to house displaced Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 1194 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... provide anyone who rents to Lahaina residents displaced by the August 2023 wildfires a 100% exemption from Maui County’s property tax ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
City to send 2024 Real Property Notice of Assessments
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 1657 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... an approximate increase of 0.79 percent ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The easiest way to increase tax revenues
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 1341 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it ....

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