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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
HART Directors' Secret Discussion: State May Grab 25% Cut to Ease Passage of GE Tax Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 PM :: 2704 Views :: Rail, Taxes
HART Chairman Don Horner suggests the State's surcharge will be raised to 25% even though such a move would "result in a deficit in anticipated GET revenues."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
California Plastic Bag Ban Suspended as 800,000 Sign Repeal Ballot Petition
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2514 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes
“SB 270 was never a bill about the environment. It was a backroom deal between the California Grocers Association and their union friends to scam consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Surprise: Poorest Obamacare Enrollees Face $530 IRS Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:27 PM :: 2281 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

Also in the H&R Block report is the news that the individual mandate penalty is averaging $172. This is likely to rise in future years....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
SB358: Green Energy Scammers Push Legislators to Tax Natural Gas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 2065 Views :: Energy, Taxes

Under SB358, gas will be taxed more heavily than oil....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our Best Export – Our Taxes!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1669 Views :: Taxes

...we are exporting around 15%-20% of our general excise tax....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB330: Increase GE Tax by 1%
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:35 PM :: 1976 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

... According to ITEP, payment of sales and excise taxes takes up an average of 11% of family income for the poorest 20% of earners ....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 51.2% Tax on S-Corporation Income
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 2503 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The fasted growing type of pass-through business is the S corporation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Warning labels and beverage tax fail in Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 1543 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

We have good news to share about our fights against unfair taxes and regulation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB 825 Provides Little Incentive for Illegal Vacation Rentals to Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 PM :: 3945 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...the effect of this bill is to burden the compliant small businesses and owner/operator establishments by creating a system that favors larger rental companies and hotels....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2015 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:55 PM :: 1693 Views :: Taxes

1,515 bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and 1,379 bills were introduced in the Senate – over 400 more bills than were introduced in 2014....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 2221 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Hotels as Renters
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2187 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Sales taxes in most states leave rent alone, but our General Excise Tax (GET) taxes it....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
SB727: Hike GE Tax Another 0.5% Statewide
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 1405 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to the citizen tax burden....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HR235: Eliminate Hawaii Internet Access Taxes
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1510 Views :: Taxes

Currently, seven states—Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin—are permitted to tax Internet access....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Small Business Caucus Backs HB266 Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 2063 Views :: Rail, Small Business, Taxes

...Small Business Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature today announced its priority list of bills....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Massive GE Tax Hike On the Move in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 AM :: 3539 Views :: Taxes

UPDATE: HB1253 has been deferred. SB727 passed with amendments....

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Monday, February 09, 2015
$185M GE Tax Hike: HB1240 on a Fast Track
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 2478 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

House Bill 1240 will bypass the House Committee on Education and is referred solely to the House Committee on Finance....

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
HB1307: Fair Taxation?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...HB1307, introduced by Rep Kaniela Ing, raises income taxes on middle class families by 12%....

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Friday, February 06, 2015
Obama Budget would Increase Top Marginal Capital Gains Tax Rate in Hawaii to 35.8%--#2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1807 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The President’s budget has a proposed increase in the federal capital gains tax rate....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Obama's Budget: One Trillion Dollars of New Taxes
By NCPA @ 3:43 PM :: 1968 Views :: National News, Taxes

Here are five Obama tax proposals that make no sense....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Could Sock Expedia for $626M in Hotel Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 1931 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...In coming weeks, Hawaii’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Hawaii Personal Income Taxes: "Highest Dollar Amount of Any State"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 2121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A single filer earning Hawaii's median income of $61,408 can expect to pay $4,043.88 in state income taxes, the highest dollar amount of any state, or 6.59% of his income....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Tax Rate 50.4% on Small Business Income, Hawaii #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 2468 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sole proprietorships, S corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs)....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
SB946: Repeal GE Tax on intermediary business transactions.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:51 PM :: 1693 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...the state is frequently singled out as having one of the most burdensome tax systems in the nation....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
SB958: Repeal Corporate Income Tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 2241 Views :: Small Business, Taxes is necessary to take bold action and embrace policies that improve the state’s business climate....

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Monday, February 02, 2015
SB946/SB958: Cut Business GE Tax and Business Income Tax
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:56 PM :: 1655 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:45pm at the Capitol Building, Room 016....

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Sunday, February 01, 2015
Source Shifting
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1545 Views :: Taxes

All state income tax systems in the United States, including ours, have a set of rules that are used to figure out which state has the primary right to tax income....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 issues to analyze in the 2015 Hawaii legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:32 PM :: 2004 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tax Foundation: Hawaii Failing Small Businesses on Depreciation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:49 PM :: 2096 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Correcting this problem and allowing businesses to deduct the full cost in the first year is known as “full expensing”....

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
How Progressive Is Our System?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has released a report. ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are....

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Protest Rail Tax Hike Monday Jan 26
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 2227 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Monday, Jan 26, 2015, hearing starts at 2:30pm, State Capitol Auditorium

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Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Ten Percent Solution
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1997 Views :: Taxes

The state has been draining money out of the rail surcharge. Lots of money....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Going forward and looking back at the Honolulu City Council
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:11 PM :: 2218 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...keeping the Oahu half-percent rail surcharge in place will only encourage lawmakers to increase the surcharge whenever there is a rail transit shortfall....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Second Highest Taxes on the Poor
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 2629 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii's Effective 13.4% rate of taxation on the poorest 20% is second only to Washington State....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 3388 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
No Health Benefit from Cigarette Tax Hikes
By NCPA @ 11:42 AM :: 1909 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Smokers earning less than $30,000 annually spent 14.2 percent of their income on cigarettes....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Kelii Akina Interviews Kalbert Young on Hawaii Government Financial Condition
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 AM :: 1800 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Host Keli'i Akina speaks with Kalbert Young (outgoing Director of Finance, State of Hawaii) about the current financial conditions of the state of Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 04, 2015
Lottery as the Most Practical Path to Wealth?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2140 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

...In 2005, a survey asked a sample of 1,000 adult Americans what would be the most practical way for them to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Auditor: State Policies Create Barrier to Glass Recycling
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:58 PM :: 3028 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...the interaction between the advance disposal fee (ADF) and the deposit beverage container (DBC) programs creates inefficiencies in the recycling or down-cycling of glass....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: Unclear What Glass Recycling Program is Supposed to Accomplish
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:51 PM :: 2815 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

Where the 'Recycled' Glass Goes? -- Busted: Hee Family Tied to Massive Waste Dumping Scheme....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Hawaii GET: Another Perspective
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1618 Views :: Taxes

...“policy measures and costs impacting small business and entrepreneurship.”....

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Eight Tax Hikes Proposed for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 5:25 PM :: 4292 Views :: Taxes
"Sometimes things happen" -- Gov David Ige on tax increases, December 22, 2014
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Single Payer Collapses in Vermont--Is David Ige Listening?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 2465 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Then-Senator David Ige was a key supporter of the universal coverage plan in 2009, but whether he’ll pick up the cause as Governor is unclear....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Full Text: Ige Sends Budget to Legislature
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 2012 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"We will spend public funds wisely to avoid raising taxes."

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1898 Views :: Taxes

Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won’t pay his U.S. taxes....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1585 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 AM :: 2650 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discusses the proposed 11-point action plan of the new governor of Hawaii, David Ige....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tax Hike: City Chooses to Boost Property Assessments 7.1%
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 1524 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

The city has prepared the real property assessment notices for 2015, and the total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $200.74 billion to $214.90 billion....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2184 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1806 Views :: Taxes

...when a Hawaii taxpayer reaches $200,000 in federal adjusted gross income, a number of bad things happen that, in total, can result in a marginal tax rate of 367,100% on that last dollar....

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