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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Unfriendly Skies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1576 Views :: Taxes

Serious students of history may wonder what is going on. There is, after all, a federal law that prevents Hawaii taxes from touching an airline’s gross income....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 1692 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Federal Aid? Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 AM :: 2025 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... states with low levels of support tend to have higher per capita tax collections and populations with lesser reliance on federal assistance ....

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Thursday, January 07, 2016
Study: E-Cig Vapers and Public Health Community Should be United Against Big Tobacco
By Ed Case @ 3:59 AM :: 1355 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A recently published study proposes a pact between the public health community and the vaping community to combat a shared enemy, Big Tobacco....

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Sunday, January 03, 2016
Permanent Internet Tax Freedom
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1612 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii was one of fifteen states that were grandfathered....

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Friday, January 01, 2016
DoTax Claims IT System Success
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1636 Views :: Taxes

Three IT systems that were old, unreliable and costly to maintain were replaced with modern scanning and mail-opening equipment....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 3170 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Champagne Taxes? Hawaii Ranks #3 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 1914 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Thursday night, millions of Americans will celebrate the New Year with close friends, good food, and champagne....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 2125 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
2016: Unemployment Taxes to Drop 26%
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1870 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Improved Rates Projected to Save Employers $50 Million....

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2115 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
Wastebook 2015: The Farce Awakens
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:20 PM :: 1883 Views :: National News, Taxes

NASA provided $3 million for a mock trip to Mars filmed in Hawaii. Conclusion: personality conflicts arise in when people are stuck together for an extended time....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
TAT Already Applies to TVRs—but DoTax Not Enforcing it
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 1716 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Star-Advertiser is calling for new laws when existing laws aren’t enforced by the state....

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 1470 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax on Internet access, as well as those of six other states and their localities, will end by mid-year of 2020 if a congressional plan to permanently ban taxes on Internet access makes its way to the president’s desk....

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
An Early Christmas Present from IRS to Heald Students
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1602 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

Students often owed $40,000 or more in college loans – holding a degree they claimed was inadequate at best....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
HSTA Launches Push for 25% GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 2081 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

The bill will be introduced during the upcoming 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Does Your State Adjust Its Income Tax Brackets For Inflation?
By NCPA @ 12:01 AM :: 1628 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
...17 states (including Hawaii) do not index at all.  When tax brackets aren’t indexed for inflation, it results in what economists call “bracket creep.”....
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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rail: Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1705 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the Honolulu City Council is considering an ordinance to extend the rail tax....

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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Year-End Tax Planning Tips
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1624 Views :: Taxes

The top rates of 9%, 10%, and 11% go away at the end of 2015. The top rate effective as of the beginning of next year is 8.25%....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Loses Ground in Business Tax Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1786 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 :: 2245 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 :: 1723 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 :: 2407 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 :: 2772 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 :: 1712 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 :: 1696 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 :: 1820 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 :: 1425 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 :: 1276 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 :: 1682 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 :: 1576 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 :: 1440 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 :: 1811 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 :: 1595 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 :: 1604 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 :: 1419 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 :: 1091 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 :: 2222 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 :: 1338 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 :: 1676 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 :: 2524 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 :: 1979 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 :: 1531 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 :: 1849 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 :: 1888 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 :: 2440 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 :: 1544 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 :: 1969 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 :: 1422 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 :: 2432 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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