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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Loses Ground in Business Tax Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 2370 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

State falls to #31 in national ranking....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
How High are Cell Phone Taxes in Your State?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 2924 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii Ranks 44th with a 6.3% Tax Rate....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Working on the Fringe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2236 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Feds Freeze Rail Funds? HART Knows Nothing About Caldwell’s Latest Pressure Tactic
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 3111 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail, Taxes

...the FTA has not reached out to HART and officials were not aware the money was in jeopardy....

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Sunday, November 08, 2015
Residency: Senator Galuteria Tangled in Lies?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:42 PM :: 3783 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Taxes

"There is no evidence that the Galuterias repaid the back property taxes on the Pakui Street residence...."

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Sunday, November 08, 2015
The Shaky Future of Bonus Depreciation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2291 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

“50% bonus depreciation” is a system where half of the equipment cost can be deducted in the first year it is placed in service....

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Sunday, November 01, 2015
Taxing & Regulating Small Business to Death: Hawaii's Business Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 2220 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A panel discussion on the barriers to economic prosperity for businesses in Hawaii....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Bill 72: Property Tax Break for Honolulu Home Businesses
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:52 AM :: 2492 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

...homeowners of flex units face the challenge of having their entire property classified as 'Commercial', which equates to approximately 254% more in taxes....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
DoTax Mood Swings Put Extra $8M in Rail Coffers
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1961 Views :: Rail, Taxes

State Department of Taxation officials have pointed to a lag in processing tax returns as a key reason for the swings....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ten Million Words and Counting
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1729 Views :: Taxes

...today, the federal tax code is roughly six times as long as it was in 1955, while federal tax regulations are about 2.5 times as long....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Taxpayers Sue Hawaii for Rail Money Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 2228 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii has grabbed tens of millions of dollars from Honolulu County taxpayers and diverted it to the general fund, rather than using it for a mass transit rail project as intended....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 2077 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii ranks 44th at $58 per person ....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Rail Surcharge: Necessary and Proper?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:23 PM :: 2031 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Sylvia Luke wants it as a slush fund to purchase Ali’i Place. Ernie Martin wants it to build affordable housing....

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Friday, October 16, 2015
IRS Report Reveals Average Property Tax Deductions in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the average property tax deduction taken on the Schedule A, per tax return, for each county....

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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Taking a Homeowner’s Exemption for a Home You Can’t Live In
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2049 Views :: Taxes

On April 13 this year, Bill 36 was introduced in the Honolulu City Council....

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
#5 in USA: Hawaii Collects $4361 Taxes Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 AM :: 2112 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Today’s map looks at state tax collections per capita....

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Promising Too Much Endangers Hawaii's Fiscal Health
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 AM :: 1955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...when a child is born in Hawaii, he or she can count on $26,500 in debt that the state owes per citizen....

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Monday, October 05, 2015
US Scores Near Bottom in International Tax Competitiveness
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:18 AM :: 1540 Views :: Taxes

The US came in 32nd out of 34 OECD countries, topping only Italy and France....

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Thursday, October 01, 2015
Fresh off Obamacare Disaster, Obama Orders Hawaii Legislators to Impose Family Leave Mandate on Employers
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3046 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business, Taxes, Obama

The President urged the lawmakers to adopt his domestic economic agenda at the state level because he doesn’t expect Congress to take much action for the remainder of his presidency....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Online Travel Companies Pay $53.1M Hawaii Tax Judgment
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1872 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Captive Insurance: The Clean Version
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2261 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the IRS has added a new item to its “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Caldwell, Hanabusa: HART Will Need More from Legislature
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 3407 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...come January, when the Legislature convenes, we’re going to have to address it...."

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Kiplinger: Hawaii 4th Least Tax Friendly State
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 2722 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....

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Monday, September 21, 2015
Hawaii's Poor, Middle Class Among Most Overtaxed in US
By Selected News Articles @ 4:39 PM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
4th-States Where Middle Class Most Overtaxed
2nd-States Where Poor Most Overtaxed
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Friday, September 18, 2015
Federal Funds for Road Building? Hawaii Dead Last
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The share of infrastructure expenditures funded by tolls, user fees, and user taxes ranges from 14.2 percent in Alaska to 86.4 percent in Hawaii....

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Thursday, September 03, 2015
High Tax Rates on Manufacturers Stifle Hawaii Agriculture
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 2517 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Without food processors in the islands, Hawaii agriculture will always be limited....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:55 PM :: 3232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's tax structure is 2nd-worst in the US for labor-intensive manufacturing....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Taxing Digital Goods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2067 Views :: Taxes

...taxing authorities have had to undergo serious mental gymnastics to characterize digital products such as streaming video in a way that can be dealt with by their tax regime....

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Excise Taxes: Hawaii Ranks #5
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 2524 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and this doesn't include the General Excise Tax....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
9th Cir. Rips Guam for Keeping Tax Refunds
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 1865 Views :: Taxes

...Guam refused to issue tax overpayment refunds "often for several years at a time," instead using the money to fund the government....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hawaii: Tech Still Receiving Massive Business Tax Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 3214 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Excepting heavily incentivized research and development (R&D) operations, mature firms generally experience above-average tax costs in Hawaii....

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Sunday, August 23, 2015
IRS, Could You Please Answer the Phone?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2318 Views :: Taxes

...the Hawaii Department of Taxation was able to answer less than half of the phone calls it received....

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Friday, August 14, 2015
Hawaii Property Tax Rate Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:02 PM :: 2538 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the lowest effective rate at 0.28%....

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Saturday, August 01, 2015
"How Much Will Rail Cost Us In the End?"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:36 AM :: 2293 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the only honest answer is "as much as it takes."....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta
By NCPA @ 11:50 PM :: 2274 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Hotel occupancy taxes also appear to eat into the budget tourists set for their vacation trips. Such an effect was empirically observed in Hawaii in 2013....

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Bottle Tax to be Cut by Half Cent
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2643 Views :: Environment, Taxes

...the state’s redemption rate decreased from 72.6 percent in fiscal year 2014 to 68.4 percent in the last fiscal year, which ended in June 2015....

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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Who’s the Boss, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1939 Views :: Taxes
...voters had limited the power of its legislature to enact taxing and spending bills, and some legislators sued....
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Hawaii Gas Taxes 3rd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 2586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii 45.1 cents per gallon, plus federal 18.4 excise tax, plus GE Tax....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Clean Energy? Kicking Hawaii Consumers When They're Already Down
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:53 PM :: 2570 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...fuel taxes are "highly regressive," meaning that they hurt the poor the most....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3026 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The excise tax is an investment by the taxpayers of Hawai‘i and my job is to ensure that their hard earned money is being spent efficiently, effectively and productively....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3182 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3701 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes
Our government is supposed to be studying how to produce clean energy, not how to milk the public!
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Friday, July 10, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax 'Broadest Sales Tax in US'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:03 PM :: 2422 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state's personal income....

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Tax Spirits? In Hawaii its $5.98 / gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 3103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Today’s map shows how spirit excise taxes in your state compare....

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Sunday, July 05, 2015
And the Lowsman Trophy Goes To…Hawaii!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2153 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Fortunately, our lawmakers are allowing the three top rates to die a natural death at the end of this year with our highest marginal rate a more modest 8.25%....

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Video: A Fiscal Cliff for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 2618 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Senate Minority Budget Director Paul Harleman about the current economic status of Hawaii and his concerns for the state's future financial stability....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Ige Releases ‘Intent to Veto’ List
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Ige has informed the Hawai‘i State Legislature of his intent to veto the following bills....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Independence Means Freedom from Special Funds
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2062 Views :: Taxes

Special funds are pots of money....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 2371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay Higher Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1727 Views :: Taxes

...we don’t want to inflict a disproportionate amount of pain on our friends....

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