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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 2383 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Scrutinize the Big Agencies!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... There is still a lot of real estate between $0.3 billion and $1.4 billion a year ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Don't rely on pennies from heaven
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:40 PM :: 1749 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... This week, we got our first real glimpse of Gov. David Ige’s proposed budget. ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
'You can't spend money you don't have'
By Video @ 4:15 AM :: 1814 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Barabara Marumoto, architect of the state's legal spending cap, continues to believe Hawaii needs better budgeting practices ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Hawaii 4th-Highest Champagne Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:58 AM :: 1684 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... if your festivities still include popping a bottle of bubbly, the champagne you toast with will be taxed ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 3820 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2985 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways ....

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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tax hikes coming — really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 AM :: 2138 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the only two things that are certain in life are debt and taxes ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ranking State Unemployment Insurance Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:10 PM :: 2188 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 25th ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
City sends 2021 real property notice of assessments
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 2025 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Property owners who wish to dispute their real property assessment may file an appeal during the period of December 15, to January 15, 2021 ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tale of the Tape
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2352 Views :: Economy, Taxes, COVID-19

...“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”....

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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Eighth Amendment Protects Us from Massive Tax Penalties
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1752 Views :: Taxes

... In a case called Timbs v. Indiana decided just last year, however, the U.S. Supreme Court made a couple of key points ....

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Unemployment Tax Blues
By Video @ 10:31 PM :: 2658 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
And the hits just keep on coming!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 2270 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...When businesses across the state are fighting for their lives, the state is about to levy an enormous hike in the unemployment tax.... 

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Friday, November 13, 2020
DoTax: Collections Down, Down, Down
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 2136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, COVID-19

...GET down by 25.1%...TAT down by 92.8%....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Individual Income Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Tax Foundation @ 8:47 PM :: 1973 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Ranking Individual Income Taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Corporate Income Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 18th
By Tax Foundation @ 1:33 AM :: 1991 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Ranking Corporate Income Taxes on the 2021 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Friday, October 30, 2020
Hawaii Among Only Seven States to Tax Groceries
By Tax Foundation @ 12:59 AM :: 2120 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Tax Treatment of Groceries, Candy, and Soda Can Get Tricky....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Making Up for Budget Shortfalls
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2080 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Does Your State Have a Throwback or Throwout Rule?
By Tax Foundation @ 9:33 PM :: 1998 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii has a throwback rule ....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Ige Grade 'D' -- Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020
By Cato Foundation @ 3:28 AM :: 2384 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii’s general fund spending rose a hefty 5.7 percent in 2020, thus reducing the governor’s score in this report....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2203 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
Death Tax: Hawaii Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:24 AM :: 2997 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii and Washington State have the highest estate tax top rates in the nation at 20 percent....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Road Taxes: Hawaii Collects $125M More than it Spends
By Tax Foundation @ 12:11 AM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Almost every state spends more on highways than they collect in dedicated revenue from federal, state, and local sources. The only exceptions are Hawaii, Idaho, and Tennessee....

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Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Doomsday Rules in the General Excise Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:13 PM :: 3033 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...Now that the economy is down and tax revenues are in the tank, we are now seeing cases of our Department of Taxation using some particularly nasty provisions in the tax code....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
Unemployment Tax in the Nonprofit Sector
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2023 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...employers are likely to be hit with a significant and automatic rate increase at the end of this year....

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Saturday, August 1, 2020
Hawaii Gasoline Tax 6th Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 9:19 PM :: 2256 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State and Local taxes add $0.4628 per gallon -- not counting GE Tax .... 

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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Two Tax Bills This Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2531 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii, urged the Legislature to adopt key provisions of the CARES Act although it became law in 2020. DoTAX, in testimony, proposed to adopt a few provisions and leave others on the cutting room floor....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Hawaii has Fewest Pass-Through Businesses in USA--and 4th highest taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 7:23 PM :: 2519 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Pass-through businesses, such as sole proprietorships, S corporations, and partnerships, make up a majority of businesses in the United States....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Future of Unemployment Insurance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2726 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Legislative Session: The good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:42 PM :: 2920 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback ....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii GET Taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:52 PM :: 2738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105 percent of the state’s personal income.  This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.25 percent of personal income....

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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 2051 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...nobody pays more for less....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Hawaii 3rd-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 5:08 AM :: 2098 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...Taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than the labor and raw materials combined....”

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2435 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, COVID-19

...Ige's COVID order suspends law requiring that people who want to do business with the State or municipal governments need to be current with their state and federal taxes....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Tax Like an Egyptian: The wholesale rate, the retail rate, and tax “pyramiding”
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:58 PM :: 2746 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...we struggled to determine the purposes of the provisions reviewed, and in some cases, were unable to even infer the purposes. Additionally, we had no objective means to assess whether provisions were achieving their purposes....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 AM :: 2315 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and the highest Total Sales & Excise Tax Burden....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
Ige Defers Harbor Tariff Hike
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 2668 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Taxes

"...This will allow local shippers and businesses, especially those on the neighbor islands, to conduct business without worrying about a rate increase at this time....”

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2711 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Mayor Victorino returns budget to Maui Council without signature
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 2342 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, COVID-19

...Victorino said his proposed property tax rates would have provided relief for hotels, resorts and short-term rentals from the economic downturn....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 2080 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1968 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...tinkering with the tax code to raise more money has the effect of putting the brakes on what little spin we have left on our economic engine....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2402 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
26 States Will Protect Businesses from COVID-19-Related Unemployment Tax Hikes--Hawaii isn't one of them
By Tax Foundation @ 11:44 PM :: 3456 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...One way policymakers can help expedite their state’s economic recovery is by protecting employers from facing higher UI tax rates at a time when they can least afford to pay them....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:35 PM :: 2453 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii is 9th at 36.6%....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 2919 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 2372 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:56 PM :: 2137 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 22.2% of Hawaii State tax receipts come from individual income taxes ....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 2238 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Legislature must rein in state budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 2259 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Grassroot testimony outlines the problem and suggests some reforms....

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