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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hawaii Legislature Obamacare Heavy
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1686 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the amount of the penalty could be as much as $695 x 2 adults plus $695 x ½ x 3 kids = $2,432.50....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
It Doesn’t Always Pay to Make More
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 1384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In just this legislative session, we've seen attempts to make the surcharge a permanent part of life.... We've seen proposed income tax increases. There's even an attempt to write a tax...into the state Constitution....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Earn $50K? Hawaii Takes More From Your Paycheck Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 1665 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and if you earn $100K, Hawaii is 3rd-highest....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Forbes: Taxes Make Hawaii One of 10 Worst States for High Earners
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 1604 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and Legislators are pushing HB209 to make those rates even higher....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Need for Tax Vigilance in 2017
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1444 Views :: Taxes

The sheer number of bills related to tax or public finance is staggering. It's much more frenetic this year than in any other year I've been in this position....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 2661 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1597 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
HIDOT Mileage Fee: Meet Big Brother the Taxman
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:45 PM :: 1687 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the system knows the driver's exact route, his speed compliance and provides ratings for his braking and cornering performance. Too much info in the hands of the government....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Demanding a Tax Hike, HSTA to Rally at Capitol
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 2253 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

to lobby for a constitutional amendment that will drastically increase property taxes....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 1554 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 1765 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 2478 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Don’t mug taxpayers to pay for Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 AM :: 1321 Views :: Taxes

...give everybody a pay raise--by cutting taxes....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1858 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 1391 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Saturday, February 04, 2017
UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest
By UHERO @ 12:22 AM :: 2592 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...an owner of an investment property in Honolulu worth less than half a million dollars can expect to see his (her) combined City and State property tax bill double....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99.21% of personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 1436 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Thursday, February 02, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 1713 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 1425 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 1704 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Governor says treat symptoms, not causes of our economic woes
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 12:42 PM :: 1347 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

3,600 words full of spending proposals and sunny guarantees about the future....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Making property taxes less taxing
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:58 PM :: 1189 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

A few weeks ago, Hawaii homeowners received their 2017 property tax assessments. It was not a pleasant way to end the holidays or start the new year....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1977 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead. Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many times that amount for people who don’t even exist?....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 1609 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii Among Most Expensive States for Smokers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:55 PM :: 1435 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Total Cost Per Smoker: $2,048,587....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1398 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division....

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Sunday, January 08, 2017
What's Next for Marijuana Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1696 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... legislators are considering a special, higher GET rate for marijuana, but haven’t decided upon that rate yet ....

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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Ige’s Billion Dollar Psych-Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2114 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the Ige Administration has been meeting with the unions....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 1834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Indigestible: DoTAX 2016 Tax Digest--87 Pages
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1165 Views :: Taxes

This digest summarizes the Hawaii tax laws enacted during the 2016 Regular Session and the federal tax laws enacted during calendar year 2015....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hawaii Retroactive Tax Hikes Every Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1788 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

People get viscerally upset when you tell them they need to follow a rule they didn't know and couldn't have known....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Caldwell Raises Property Taxes 5.9% By Jacking up Assessments
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 1770 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Tomorrow, the city will send approximately 300,000 notices....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Only 3% of Hawaii Tobacco Taxes Used for Anti-Tobacco Programs
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 1526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...The State is the senior partner in the tobacco industry....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 2210 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Taxes Reaching Back into the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1340 Views :: Taxes

If Dot Foods loses, none of us is safe....

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Homeowners with Exemptions Reminded to File State Tax Returns—Or Else!
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 1903 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...due to a change in requirements, those residents who have qualified for exemptions in the past must now file a state resident income tax form or risk being disqualified....

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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 2953 Views :: Economy, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

...OHA milked $12,684,000 from Harbors Division in 2015....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Is the Hawaii wharfage increase needed?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:50 AM :: 1769 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

...the cumulative effect is a 54.8% increase in Wharfage rates....

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Sunday, November 20, 2016
What TrumpTax May Mean For Hawaii
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:08 AM :: 1493 Views :: Taxes

The result of the general election earlier this month raises the possibility of a high magnitude shake-up in our federal tax system....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 1796 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tax Appeal Court Strikes Down Honolulu’s “Residential A”
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1550 Views :: Taxes

...the classification ran afoul of three protections that the U.S. Constitution, and, to some extent, the Hawaii Constitution, provide under the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Privileges and Immunities Clause....

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1300 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
When Is an Interstate Agreement Not an Agreement?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1102 Views :: Taxes

For a very long time, states have been wrestling with the problem of how much to tax entities operating in more than one state....

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Friday, November 04, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1313 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 1946 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1478 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DoE to Tax New Housing from Kalihi to Ala Moana?
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2794 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...Public Hearings November 2 and 3, 2016....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Court: Caldwell’s Property Tax Scheme Illegal
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 2476 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Residential A Property Tax Classification Ruled Unconstitutional....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
DBEDT: Real Estate Investment Trusts in Hawaii--Analysis and Survey Results
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

42 REITs were identified operating in Hawaii....

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