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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good grief, do our lawmakers not know we're in a depression?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 241 Views :: Taxes

... every proposal in the 2021 Legislature that would increase Hawaii's tax burden ....

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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maintenance of Effort
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 535 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... We need to start recognizing that this “dedicated funding source” rhetoric is taking us down the wrong path ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 667 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sugar Tax Drives People to Drink
By Tax Foundation @ 11:38 PM :: 567 Views :: Taxes

... A 2012 study at Cornell University found that, when faced with a new soda tax, many households reduced their soda consumption while purchasing an increased amount of beer ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Taxes: More 'Creative' Thought at Our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 715 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallets, folks, because this year’s great legislative adventure has just begun! ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 898 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 683 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:06 AM :: 631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 23.3% of Hawaii tax collections come from income taxes ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
FY2021: State Tax Receipts Down 16.4%
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 602 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... General Excise and Use Tax (GET) collections are down by 21.8% from last fiscal year ....

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Monday, February 8, 2021
Comparing State Corporate Income Tax Rates
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 692 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income tax tops out at 6.4% .... 

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
What Are They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 947 Views :: Economy, Taxes

"... At the Legislature, committee hearings have begun in earnest and it doesn’t seem at all like we are in an economic crisis ...."

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 1503 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 1183 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How tax hikes will harm economic recovery
By Video @ 4:32 AM :: 730 Views :: Taxes

... lawmakers' plans to tax the economy could hurt struggling residents and businesses recovering from the depression ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 974 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Hawaii: Billionaire Claims $21.8B Spent on Cars for the Little People
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 1066 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“… costs are only slated to increase ...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
​Higher revenues without higher taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 642 Views :: Taxes

... new tax bills, sometimes dressed up as “surcharges,” “fees” or “closing loopholes” ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 36.7% of State revenue comes from GE Tax ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 1220 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 1450 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
More Taxes on the Rich – But Guess What, You’re Rich
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:16 AM :: 1942 Views :: Taxes

... Ige’s Chief of Staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the Administration is going to propose ....

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1093 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 917 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 :: 843 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 :: 764 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 :: 787 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 :: 687 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 :: 2465 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 :: 1435 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 :: 1161 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 :: 675 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 :: 823 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 :: 1110 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 :: 1017 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 :: 1049 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 :: 1065 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 :: 928 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 :: 858 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 :: 794 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 :: 1136 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 :: 1157 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 :: 1003 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 :: 1183 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 :: 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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Friday, September 4, 2020
Death Tax: Hawaii Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:24 AM :: 1938 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 :: 1337 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 :: 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, August 2, 2020
Unemployment Tax in the Nonprofit Sector
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1007 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 :: 1238 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 :: 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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