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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Hawaii The 2nd-Least Tax-Friendly State in the U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:21 PM :: 2259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Our review of states’ fiscal health reveals crippling deficits and pension liabilities that could lead to future tax hikes, service cuts or both....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
GEMS as a Target for Raiding?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2574 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Taxes is very tempting when lawmakers find a large cache of unused money....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists pay only 14.1% of Rail Surcharge
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 3341 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the math is so simple that even a Mayor could do it....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
The Little Engine that Could?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1229 Views :: Taxes’s daunting to add up the numbers that are being bandied about....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Watch Out for Rising Taxes in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 1204 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers will likely attempt to raise taxes next year to pay for new record spending levels....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Hawaii Court Orders Online Travel Companies to Pay Rental Car Taxes
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1517 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...expected to be in the millions of dollars....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Time for the Subcontract Deduction to Be Upended? Hafa Adai!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1374 Views :: Taxes

The special treatment applies only to subcontractors....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Capital Gains Taxes 29.2%
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 PM :: 3876 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the combined federal, state, and local rate paid by the taxpayer on capital gains income....

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
The “Turn Back the Clock Award”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1174 Views :: Taxes

...a tax bill that tries to reverse progress made toward fairness and taxpayer rights....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 1210 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...roughly $44 million less than projected....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:53 PM :: 2517 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Hawaii 3rd Highest Excise Taxes in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 1538 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of the most common excise taxes include gas taxes, cigarette taxes, and taxes on the purchase of beer, wine, and liquor....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1491 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the Code doesn’t require an earmarked tax before an agency can commit....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
State and Local Sales Taxes: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 1769 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The sales taxes in Hawaii and South Dakota have bases that include many services and so are not strictly comparable to other sales taxes....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2740 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Sunday, July 03, 2016
General Excise Tax Hits Charities Twice
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1307 Views :: Taxes

...the Department has been raking in the retail rate GET from both the charities and the catering providers....

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Friday, July 01, 2016
Hawaii Property Taxes Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 PM :: 1477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Condominium and Community Associations: File or Else!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1933 Views :: Taxes

Someone needs to take remedial action before the thermonuclear bomb hits....

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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 :: 1539 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 :: 2617 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 :: 1556 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 :: 1517 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 :: 2291 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 :: 1576 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 :: 1840 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 :: 1750 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 :: 1426 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 :: 2073 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 :: 1689 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 :: 1836 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 :: 2126 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 :: 1725 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 :: 1247 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 :: 2264 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 :: 1525 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 :: 1884 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 :: 1236 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 :: 1557 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 :: 1475 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 :: 1497 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 :: 1660 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 :: 1726 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 :: 1941 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 :: 1605 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 :: 1478 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 :: 1733 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 :: 1974 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 :: 1317 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 :: 1787 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1447 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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