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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 969 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
What COVID Emergency? Let's Quadruple Hawaii's Phony Hi-Tech Tax Credits
By UHERO @ 2:46 AM :: 642 Views :: Tax Credits

... CLUE: There is no shortage of private capital available for tech startups.  If your tech startup needs government funds it is fake ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Hawaii Hi-Tech Scamster Bribed to Rat out Hunter Biden?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 1523 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Tax Credits

...last year Youssef briefly courted journalists with a story about Hunter’s links to the now-defunct mbloom fund....

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
MBloom: Hawaii Hi Tech Scam Snares Another Biden Insider
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 3031 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Tax Credits

...Joe Biden’s Transition Aide Helped Steer $3M to Hunter Biden-Linked Firm....

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Monday, November 2, 2020
Maui-Based Scam: Hunter Biden Partner Secured Millions from Businessman with Reputed Organized Crime Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 AM :: 4256 Views :: Democratic Party, Tax Credits

... Remember 'Mbloom'? -- financed by Hawaii taxpayers via Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) ....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1016 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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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Hawaii Opens Door to 12 Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 1842 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

"...Through the issuance of a 'no action message,' DFI is not taking any action against these companies...."

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Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Doomsday Rules in the General Excise Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:13 PM :: 1613 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, July 26, 2020
Two Tax Bills This Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1237 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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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Electric Vehicle Sweeteners Running Out?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1385 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...For tax benefits, the pendulum has started swinging in the other direction as well....

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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 :: 1506 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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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Private rooftop solar increasing despite COVID-19 pandemic
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 895 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Last week saw second highest application total this year....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1361 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Tax Credit Available for Low Income Homeowners
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1153 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...This tax credit will be applied to next year’s taxes. Annual filing is required for this credit....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1009 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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Thursday, June 4, 2020
ERS Risks $75M of Your Retirement Fund on Hawaii High Tech Startups
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 1340 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tax Credits

...how many times will Hawaii fall for phony High-Tech scamsters?....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
​Hawaiian Electric posts new battery projects’ details
By News Release @ 1:03 PM :: 1551 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Really Obvious Question: How many of these 16 are represented by Caliboso?....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1601 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...This is not a far-fetched scenario....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Most of Hawaii’s electric battery systems are paired with wind or solar power plants
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 1276 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...The non-dispatchable nature of these technologies creates operational challenges for system operators....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Scams Galore: Hi-Tech Tax Credit Crowd Gets into Digital Currency
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 1775 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...State of Hawaii’s “Digital Currency Innovation Lab” seeks applicants for first pilot program....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 1847 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1721 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
NELHA: Feds Bust Money Laundering Scheme at Heart of De-Sal Water Bottler
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 3062 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Tax Credits

...concealed from Koyo the fact that one of its upper level managers was an owner of the sham pass-through companies....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 2494 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Schatz Bill: Funnel Tax Credit Money to Pono Shim's LLC
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 2291 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Tax Credits

...“Inspiring Nationally Vibrant Economies Sustaining Tribes (INVEST) Act"....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Property Assessments Inconsistent and Inequitable
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1936 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...tax assessments were inconsistent and inequitable, exemption and dedication property requirements were violated, and taxes assessed did not reflect the highest and best use of the properties....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2612 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Sunday, November 3, 2019
The Parable of the Two Horses!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2327 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... which horse do you think finished pulling the wagon first? ....

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Saving the Legislature from Itself
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1429 Views :: Tax Credits

...the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production income tax credit....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wind Industry Poised for Decline?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 2248 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the federal production tax credit for wind is scheduled to be phased out at the end of 2019....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
NELHA Economic Impact Estimated
By UHERO @ 4:16 AM :: 14346 Views :: Hawaii County , Tax Credits

... NELHA Host Park generates over $100M annually ....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Auditor: DoTax Continues to Illegally Hand out Film Tax Credits for Out of State Expenses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:53 AM :: 1964 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...DoTAX continues to construe the film tax credit statute to include out-of-state expenditures as “qualified production costs,” which is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and the Legislature’s intent....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Trump 'One National Program Rule' Could Wipe out Electric Car Subsidies: Hawaii AG Joins Suit to Save Elon Musk
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 2415 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...zero emission vehicle program are pre-empted under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), which specifically prohibits states from adopting or enforcing laws or regulations “related to” fuel economy standards....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3720 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Legislators Vote to Spend Millions More on Electric Vehicles
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 3079 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...program for the installation or upgrade of electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible commercial areas, workplaces, and multi-unit dwellings....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
State Launches Aquaculture Accelerator
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2867 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...The accelerator will be based at NELHA’s Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i ‘i Island and is expected to start its first cohort in the fall of 2019....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 4358 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tokuda-Connected Recycler Busted for Fraud
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:55 PM :: 4523 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits

...During FY 2018, the total deposit amounts reimbursed to Reynolds Recycling was approximately $7.96 million....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Help People Save by Cutting Their Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:41 PM :: 2907 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Multiple bills heard this session have revolved around encouraging residents to save. The details vary, but there’s a common theme: The state wants to be your local bank....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Hawaiian Electric Claims 27% Renewable Despite Loss of Geothermal Plant
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 3135 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...The 2018 consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) remained the same percentage as it was in 2017, at 27 percent. The consolidated number would have been 29 percent had Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) produced at the same level as 2017....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
DoTax Report Reveals Tax Credits Claimed by Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 3585 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...In tax year 2016, a total of $289.1 million was claimed in tax credits...the largest tax credit was the renewable energy technologies tax credit ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Carbon Tax: Will You Fiddle While Paris Burns?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4444 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...If enacted, the carbon tax would be the fifth special tax imposed on fuel....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Details of the Horrible Carbon Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 8:11 AM :: 4813 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
To ‘Change Society’ -- Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 5438 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Any carbon-pricing mechanism should be “adequate to change behavior.”  The commission had considered asking that it be “practical” as well, but Sen. Karl Rhoads convinced the members that was a bad idea….

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Most Regressive Tax System in USA
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 3784 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...only Washington State taxes the poor more than Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 14, 2018
General Income Tax Credit: How Legislators Subverted Will of 1978 ConCon
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3236 Views :: Hawaii History, Tax Credits

...The saga of this credit tells us a little about a bold move undertaken in the 1978 Constitutional Convention and our lawmakers’ reaction....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
Kiplinger: Hawaii Among Least tax-Friendly States
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 3483 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...The Aloha State, one of Kiplinger's top ten least tax-friendly states, is known for its high cost of living — and high taxes....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Property tax credit for homeowners with income under $60K
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 3815 Views :: Tax Credits

...Qualified homeowners still have time to apply for a real property tax credit offered by the City and County of Honolulu....

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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Cashing In on Production Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2349 Views :: Tax Credits

...48 productions registered for the credit, with estimated qualified expenditures north of $268 million in exchange for $55 million in tax credits....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Property Tax Credit Offered to Low Income Homeowners
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 4211 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...Real property tax credit offered for Honolulu homeowners with combined income of less than $60,000....

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