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Friday, June 17, 2016
Hawaii #1 in Percentage of Transportation Costs Funded by Fuel Taxes, Registration Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The share of infrastructure expenditures funded by tolls, user fees, and user taxes ranges from 14.3 percent in Alaska to 79.8 percent in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Why Do We Tax Shipping?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4005 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...making the shipping more expensive and thereby directly adding to the cost of living....

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Hawaii Wine Tax: $1.38 Per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 AM :: 2330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... California's wine tax is only $0.20 ....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Hawaii Taxes the Spirit at $5.98 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 2220 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
HECO Customers Keep Paying On Unused $144 Million GEMS Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 3266 Views :: Energy, Taxes

For a short while earlier this year, it looked as though the $144 million in the state’s bond-financed Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) account might actually get used....

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Will They Come for You Next?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2222 Views :: Taxes

A U.S. Supreme Court case decided in April shows us the extent to which some tax agencies will go in order to enforce their laws....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Hawaii one of only 14 States to Tax the Dead
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 2607 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...In addition to the federal estate tax of 40 percent....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
How Taxes Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2477 Views :: Taxes

Every day, ten men go out for dinner....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
UHERO: How State Shares Transient Accommodation Tax With Counties
By UHERO @ 9:49 PM :: 2269 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This paper examines Hawaii’s recent effort at developing a model to allocate the state’s transient accommodation tax....

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Marijuana Legalization and State Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 3:29 PM :: 3101 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Drugs

...two studies that serve as guides for legislators, the media, and the public as to the state of marijuana taxation today and the implications of taxing marijuana in the future....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hawaii Lowest Property Taxes in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 2625 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Illinois has the nation’s highest median property tax rate at 2.67 percent, according to new data from CoreLogic, while Hawaii has the lowest median property tax rate at 0.31 percent....

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Sec 280E: How the IRS Becomes Senior Partner in Marijuana Dispensaries
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 2748 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... marijuana providers with high startup costs are not allowed to deduct any of them or any routine business expenses ....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Ilagan: Petition Against Hawaii County GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3055 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... Sign this petition opposing Bill 165 so that I may share it with the Council members when we discuss the tax increase in the Finance Committee on May 3 ....

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Income Tax Collections Per Capita—Hawaii Ranks 14th in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 2649 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii collects $1,232 per person in income taxes....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Begging for a Piece of the Hotel Room Tax Pie
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1896 Views :: Taxes

On Friday, April 1, April Fool’s Day, a respectable delegation of county politicians gathered in the House Finance Committee hearing room....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Appleseed: Hawaii’s Poor Need a Tax Cut
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 3566 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living
“The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.”
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hawaii 2nd Highest Overall Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:50 PM :: 2201 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and the highest total sales and gross receipts tax as percentage of personal income....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 AM :: 2869 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute says state tax burden continues to stifle economic growth in Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Hawaii Fuel Tax: Schizophrenia in Motion
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1839 Views :: Taxes

December 31, 2015 not only marked the end of the top Hawaii individual income tax rates, but also of some fuel tax provisions....

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Thursday, April 07, 2016
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day April 19
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 2382 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2016 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined....

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Taxpayer Return on Investment: Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 2212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax rates with the quality of the services provided....

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Sunday, April 03, 2016
Low Real Property Tax Is a Bad Thing?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2111 Views :: Taxes

One of the more interesting bills still alive and being considered this session, is one that would commission a study on the effects of Hawaii’s low real property taxes....

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Friday, April 01, 2016
Economist: GE Taxes Favor Big Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 2484 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Interview with David Friedman, an economist and professor of law at Santa Clara University....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Cigarette Taxes: Hawaii 5th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 PM :: 2735 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Cigarette Taxes are $3.20 per pack....

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Maui Budget: Mayor Arakawa Says No Property Tax Rate Increase Necessary
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 2999 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

Citing higher property tax valuations this year....

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Lawsuit Dismissed: State’s 10% Rail Tax Skim Stands
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:17 PM :: 2523 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"Judge Nacino’s ruling doesn’t say that no problem exists, but just says that his court isn’t the one that can fix it”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Fuel Tax Hike to be Heard by Committee Without Proper Public Notice
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2241 Views :: Taxes

...The hearing will be WEDNESDAY at 10:30am in room 309 at the State Capitol....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
New Report Compares E-Cigarette Taxes in 50 States
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 2746 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...some project that vapor products will surpass traditional cigarettes in consumption over the next decade....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Hawaii Family Advocates Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 2:39 AM :: 3088 Views :: First Amendment, Life, Taxes

... SD2938 Increased Taxes for Hawaii Drivers ....

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Could You Please Pick Up That Pencil?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1901 Views :: Taxes

...the Department of Taxation and its customer service, or lack thereof....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Beer Taxes: Hawaii Ranks #5 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:11 PM :: 2611 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii beer tax is $0.93 per gallon ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Regressivity
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2082 Views :: Taxes

...the lowest 20% of our population pays 13.4% of its income in state and local taxes, while the top 1% pays 7.0%....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Maui Council Rejects 300% Agriculture Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 PM :: 3435 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Taxes

Combined with a regulatory scheme that allows the county to intrude on property rights by requiring approval of the "economic feasibility" of a farmer's planned use for his or her land....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99% of Personal Income
By Selected News Articles @ 12:56 AM :: 2559 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Raising Hawaii Taxes in 2016 - Unconstitutional Economics Exposed
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:32 PM :: 1999 Views :: Taxes

Numerous bills that will raise your state taxes are making their way through the Legislature....

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
Tax Conformity: Can We Make It Move?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2032 Views :: Taxes

In this context, conformity means similarity to the federal tax code....

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Gasoline Taxes: Hawaii 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 3279 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

And Hawaii legislators are considering a gas tax hike ....

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Tax Facts & Figures: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 2288 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...lists and ranks states on 39 different tax and fiscal measures, including: rates, ranks, collections, burdens, and more....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Notice Overkill?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2176 Views :: Taxes

...This repetitive idiocy can cost lots of taxpayer money very quickly....

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
General Excise Tax at 6%?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2756 Views :: Taxes

Our Legislature is in full swing now and is actively considering a number of bills that will increase our cost of living in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
A Comparison of Presidential Tax Plans and Their Economic Effects
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 2812 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Almost every single candidate in both parties has introduced policies that would alter our tax code. However, the approach that candidates have taken differs tremendously....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:09 PM :: 2269 Views :: Taxes

...tax proposals to watch for – the good, the bad, and the ugly....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Solving the Online Tax Dodge with Cookies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2565 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Every year, lawmakers seeking to fund their favorite programs or services inevitably ask themselves....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Hawaii State, Local Taxes Take $129.73 per $1000 Income
By News Release @ 3:46 AM :: 2145 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii state and local taxes are the 4th highest in the USA....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update--February 12, 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1914 Views :: Taxes

... GE Tax Hikes on the move ....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
HB2733: 25% Hike in GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 1827 Views :: Taxes

...seeks to increase the GET by 1% and increases taxable income....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hawaii Consumers Will Save $20M/Year Thanks to Internet Tax Abolition
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:16 PM :: 3922 Views :: Taxes

...this prohibition has already passed the U.S. House....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 1726 Views :: Taxes

SB 2478--0.5% surcharge to pay for a long-term care benefits program and SB 2599--raise the GET from 4% to 5% to pay for a series of education initiatives....

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Monday, February 08, 2016
State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 2917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Temporary tax increases expired in Hawaii. The three top rate brackets were eliminated, and the top marginal rate fell from 11 percent to 8.25 percent....

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Sunday, February 07, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3282 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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