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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2866 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 :: 3025 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 :: 3521 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 :: 2309 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 :: 2956 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 :: 2032 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 :: 2462 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 :: 2613 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 :: 1933 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 :: 2215 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 :: 1610 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Where’s the Tax Stamp on that Eggplant?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2834 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Taxes

...many common vegetables contain nicotine....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
NextEra Behind Bogus Windfarm Tax Credit Study
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 2854 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...federal subsidies to wind power do not create investment out of nowhere; they simply distort the relative cost of producing wind energy, shifting investments from other sectors of the economy to wind projects....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Sales Tax Collections Per Capita: Hawaii Ranks #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 3068 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii collects $2,088 per person....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
US House Votes to Permanently Ban Hawaii's Tax on Internet Access
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 AM :: 2020 Views :: Taxes

The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act now goes to the Senate....

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Monday, June 08, 2015
Travel Assoc: FAA Bill before Congress Should Cut Taxes on Airfares
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 1812 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Organization presents comprehensive policy platform to lower aviation taxes, promote airline competition and fix air travel infrastructure in coming FAA reauthorization....

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Sunday, June 07, 2015
Whither the Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2446 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

By adding a resort fee of $25 to a room rate of $125, the hotel brings in $150 per night but it can advertise a $125 room rate....

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Saturday, June 06, 2015
Hawaii Cigarette Taxes 5th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 2941 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
...could cause budgetary problems as cigarette tax revenues are on the decline as less and less people smoke....
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Friday, May 29, 2015
Income Tax Per Capita: Hawaii Ranks 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 10:57 AM :: 2278 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...state and local combined individual income tax collections per person....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Study: Honolulu Property Taxes Among Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3817 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Taxes

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released the annual 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study, a comprehensive analysis of effective property tax rates in each state’s largest city....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2678 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
2015 Legislative Recap: Victories for Social and Economic Justice
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 2142 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living
The 2015 Legislative session ended earlier this month with three of Hawaii Appleseed's top priorities being passed!
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th Highest
By Selected News Articles @ 2:39 PM :: 3317 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined....”

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2564 Views :: National News, Taxes

...three big issues that are holding us back in international competitiveness....

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2116 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A double standard on an important issue like this is a great way to breed derision and distrust of government....

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Friday, May 08, 2015
Death Taxes: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 PM :: 2740 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Estate and inheritance taxes have large compliance costs, have been shown to suppress entrepreneurship, and are among the most harmful taxes to economic growth....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Rail Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 1:14 AM :: 2982 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Senate 21-4 : House 39-12

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
NextEra: Legalized Tax Fraud
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 3269 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Total federal income tax breaks from 2008 through 2012: $4.2 billion....

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2307 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A few days ago, the United States Tax Court decided a case that is important to small business owners....

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Desperate to Push GE Tax Hike Thru, HART Pretends Property Tax Hike is Only Alternative
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 2910 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Watch HART try to pitch a Property Tax hike in order to make the GE tax seem palatable....

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Magical Appearing Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2449 Views :: Taxes, Drugs
34.228%! Imagine any customer seeing that kind of tax on the bill!
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Suffering Loss of Tobacco Tax Revenues, Health Department Applauds Act 19 Restrictions on E-Cigs
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 2047 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

"While tobacco use among Hawaii’s public middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, e-cigarette use has been increasing rapidly."

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Friday, April 24, 2015
One Simple State Tax Code Tweak to Favor Marijuana Taxpayers over Tax Evaders
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 2190 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

Perhaps the largest expenses these operators are forbidden from deducting under § 280E are the excise taxes and license fees they pay to the state....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 2062 Views :: Rail, Taxes
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
25% Tax Would Make State Senior Partner in Marijuana Business
By Andrew Walden @ 5:47 AM :: 3147 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

...HB321, SD2 proposes a 15% gross proceeds tax and a 10% special sales tax on so-called 'medical' marijuana sold in Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 2468 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Report: Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii State Taxes
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 1934 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Smoking It Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1950 Views :: Taxes

HB145 has quite a history. It started as a bill to limit the tobacco tax on large cigars to 50 cents per cigar....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Small Business Tax Index -- Hawaii 47th
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 1926 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This year’s edition of the Index pulls together 23 different tax measures....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Forbes Worst States for Taxes: Hawaii 31st
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 2392 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Many states have a graduated system — the most complicated one is Hawaii....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Hawaii Has Most Tax Brackets of Any State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 1941 Views :: Taxes

...three states have ten or more tax brackets, led by Hawaii with twelve....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 2458 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 2160 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2721 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 2111 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax: Broadest Sales Tax in US
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 2446 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 2975 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2166 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii will be the 25th state to reach Tax Freedom Day, 5 days earlier than national average....

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1892 Views :: Taxes

...the State used to administer the property tax back in the dark ages until the 1978 Constitutional Convention....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 2311 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
50th – Low Income (12.30% of Income)
48th – Middle Income (10.86% of Income)

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