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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5815 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This law, which we have discussed before, recently has been used to create a “school impact district” that goes from Kalihi to Ala Moana.... 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
HSTA Rent Tax: 14 Groups Support Counties Appeal to Supreme Court
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:36 PM :: 3861 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Tax Foundation of Hawaii, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization, together with 14 other organizations, businesses, and individuals, submitted a court filing supporting the Counties’ request that the Hawaii Supreme Court void the ballot measure for school funds....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Business Tax Climate--Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:58 PM :: 3825 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 4th-worst 'Individual Income Tax'....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
'Education Tax' -- $21K per House
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 4401 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...A proposed state “surcharge” on “investment real property” to fund public education could result in county property taxes statewide going up by an average of $21,005....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
No way new tax won’t cost us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 3677 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...advocates of the so-called education tax have been strangely quiet about how much it will be....

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Say It’s a Tax!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4398 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...the ballot question doesn’t say anything at all about tax.  Does that make the ballot question misleading or deceptive?....  

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hawaii State Taxes $6,084 per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 3:06 PM :: 3444 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...​How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Historic Homes--$2M Tax Exemption Gift to 342 Households
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3522 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...the City is giving the exemption to 342 homes and forgoing taxation on $600 million in property value, translating to a revenue loss exceeding $2 million....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
VIDEO: 'Problematic' HSTA Rental Tax
By Video @ 5:40 PM :: 5733 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Two public forums have been set to help educate voters....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
July-Aug 2018: GE Tax Collections up 0.4%
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3108 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...For FY 2019, cumulative collections of the GET are up by 0.4% from last fiscal year....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Sales Taxes Highest Per Capita in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:56 PM :: 3619 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii’s sales tax base is broader than economists recommend, applying not just to final consumer products and services, but also to many business-to-business transactions. This results in multiple layers of taxation on the same product or service....

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Taking Exemptions Without Really Knowing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2510 Views :: Taxes

...These days, our General Excise Tax (GET) contains exemptions and reduced rates that are supposed to reflect commercial reality but often contain leaps of faith....

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Saturday, September 8, 2018
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:45 AM :: 4038 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 41st collecting $76 per capita....

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Friday, September 7, 2018
‘Education tax’ a Pandora's box
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 4584 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...The best laid plans, we are told, often go awry ... “Especially when it comes to politicians counting on revenue from tax hikes.”....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
HSTA Rental Tax: Expedited Hearing for Counties Lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 5678 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Office of Elections, Taxes

...After amended complaints were filed, the state Office of Elections said the ballot will not have a title....

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Sunday, September 2, 2018
Kauai Cash Grab: Long wait for Homeowners Property Tax Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4945 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Taxes

...How long do you think it takes between buying a home on Kauai and having the “home exemption” effective for real property tax there?....

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
November Ballot: Understanding the constitutional amendment questions
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 5619 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Understanding the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot....

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
Arizona ruling shows Hawaii ballot question vulnerable
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 3683 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

...An "education tax" proposal similar to Hawaii's was held back from voters for being vague....

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Saturday, September 1, 2018
State tax first of many?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:13 AM :: 4703 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...In Hawaii, we are now looking at one of the most popular of all tax solutions: passing the costs to a nebulous “other.”....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Is Hawaii Ready to Tax Internet Sellers?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:40 PM :: 3316 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State should proceed only after making legislative changes....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DoE to Impose Multi-Million Dollar Housing Tax Kalihi to Ala Moana Starting October 1
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 6283 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...To date, HIDOE has collected a combined $4.7 million in school impact fees in Leeward Oahu, West Maui and Central Maui....

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Sunday, August 26, 2018
Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4336 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...Maybe it’s just a question of semantics....

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Weekends Safe from Cackling Lawyers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4090 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
New rail taxes after election?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 AM :: 4149 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...talk of “recovery plans,” new bonds and property tax dollars allocated to rail inevitably raises the spectre of new rail taxes....

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Hawaii -- 4th-Highest Gas Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 3668 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii gas taxes average $0.4788 per gallon ....

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Sunday, August 5, 2018
Wayfair – Playing Catch-Up
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4350 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...One good thing is that Hawaii has made its position known early, so that those businesses who choose to compete in our marketplace will know what the rules are....

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Grassroot Institute releases report on fixing pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:29 PM :: 4624 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...how to bring under control the almost $13 billion in unfunded liabilities of Hawaii’s public pension system....

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Wayfair Switch in Time
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3741 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Wayfair v. South Dakota case. It was a huge turning point in constitutional law involving the ability of states to tax “online sellers”....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 6020 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is releasing a new report that outlines how policymakers could resolve Hawaii’s financially dangerous public pension crisis....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Indictment: 24 New Jersey Residents Allegedly Defraud Hawaii DoTax
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 6792 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

...The defendants, led by a tax preparer and her husband, allegedly attempted to steal over $400,000....

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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Who Can We Beat Up with Property Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3193 Views :: Taxes

....the possibility of new state-mandated property taxes....

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Retroactive Internet Sales Tax--DoTax Chickens Out
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 4680 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...“To avoid any constitutional concerns, the department will not retroactively administer Act 41....” 

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Friday, July 13, 2018
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:42 AM :: 3202 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii 44th at 0.8%....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Ige Vetoes Eight -- Allows Law Enforcement Standards Board to Become Law
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 5949 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Police, Taxes

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers that he is vetoing eight out of 11 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
GEMS for Insiders: Polynesian Cultural Center First to Take Advantage of On-Bill Financing
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 6827 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...PCC will finance systems totaling 413 kilowatts (kw), with flexibility to install additional systems and features. The agreement marks the first commercial on-bill financing project in Hawaii using the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority's recently launched Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$)On-Bill program....

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:13 PM :: 3286 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii Ranks 27th --Income taxes account for 22.8% of spending ....

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:30 AM :: 3182 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...36.9% of State and Local Revenues come from the GE Tax....

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Pray I Don’t Alter It Any Further
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 3157 Views :: Taxes

...when our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) was adopted in 1986, vocal and strident opposition from the Neighbor Islands and from the tourist industry was quelled by promises that the TAT would only be needed to fund the convention center....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
PUC Orders $107M Hawaii Electric Rate CUT--Thanks to President Donald J Trump
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 5016 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This rate decrease reflects the impacts of the recently enacted federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Supreme Court Legalizes Internet Sales Tax--And Hawaii May Get Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 8328 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...despite Hawaii’s new e-commerce law in anticipation of the court ruling, local tax attorneys caution the state could still face legal challenges in collecting those taxes because of its unique tax structure and what now look like flaws in signed legislation....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:32 PM :: 3427 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...17.6% of State and Local government revenue comes from property taxes in Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mapping 2018 Tax Reform
By Tax Foundation @ 4:23 AM :: 3485 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by Congressional District....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
Tax Collections Soar for FY2018
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3300 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...general fund tax deposits are up by 8.5% compared with the same period in FY 2017....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hawaii #3 in Sin Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:09 PM :: 4583 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State of Hawaii is the senior partner in the sin business....

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
The California Stupidity Fund, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4399 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...Now, the IRS and the U.S. Treasury have indicated that they are going to weigh in....

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Friday, June 1, 2018
$0.15 Bag Tax Hits Oahu Starting July 1
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 8669 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

...Caldwell in 2017, amended the plastic bag ban ordinance to require businesses to charge a minimum 15 cent fee per bag starting July 1, 2018....

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Friday, June 1, 2018
Relief for Taxpayers Affected by Volcano
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 3523 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

...DoTAX today issued a Tax Announcement describing various forms of relief that are available to taxpayers who are affected by the disaster....

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Friday, June 1, 2018
State Income Tax Collections--Hawaii Takes $1389 Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 3:44 AM :: 3437 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii income taxes 10th-highest in USA....

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Monday, May 28, 2018
Brian Schatz: Tax Reform Was A Conspiracy To Make People Lose Their Jobs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 5054 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...somebody's gotta stop this Schatz guy from tweeting....

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4280 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...HB 2416 applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property....

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