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Friday, April 01, 2016
Economist: GE Taxes Favor Big Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 1712 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 :: 1801 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 :: 2021 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 :: 1666 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 :: 1533 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 :: 1792 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 :: 2041 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 :: 1353 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 :: 1844 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Regressivity
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1489 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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Friday, March 11, 2016
Maui Council Rejects 300% Agriculture Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 PM :: 2376 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Taxes

Combined with a regulatory scheme that allows the county to intrude on property rights by requiring approval of the "economic feasibility" of a farmer's planned use for his or her land....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99% of Personal Income
By Selected News Articles @ 12:56 AM :: 1914 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Raising Hawaii Taxes in 2016 - Unconstitutional Economics Exposed
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:32 PM :: 1409 Views :: Taxes

Numerous bills that will raise your state taxes are making their way through the Legislature....

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
Tax Conformity: Can We Make It Move?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1425 Views :: Taxes

In this context, conformity means similarity to the federal tax code....

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Friday, March 04, 2016
Gasoline Taxes: Hawaii 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 AM :: 2258 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

And Hawaii legislators are considering a gas tax hike ....

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Tax Facts & Figures: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 1601 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...lists and ranks states on 39 different tax and fiscal measures, including: rates, ranks, collections, burdens, and more....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Notice Overkill?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1447 Views :: Taxes

...This repetitive idiocy can cost lots of taxpayer money very quickly....

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
General Excise Tax at 6%?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2046 Views :: Taxes

Our Legislature is in full swing now and is actively considering a number of bills that will increase our cost of living in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 19, 2016
A Comparison of Presidential Tax Plans and Their Economic Effects
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 1945 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Almost every single candidate in both parties has introduced policies that would alter our tax code. However, the approach that candidates have taken differs tremendously....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:09 PM :: 1603 Views :: Taxes

...tax proposals to watch for – the good, the bad, and the ugly....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Solving the Online Tax Dodge with Cookies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1789 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Every year, lawmakers seeking to fund their favorite programs or services inevitably ask themselves....

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
Hawaii State, Local Taxes Take $129.73 per $1000 Income
By News Release @ 3:46 AM :: 1547 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii state and local taxes are the 4th highest in the USA....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update--February 12, 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1350 Views :: Taxes

... GE Tax Hikes on the move ....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
HB2733: 25% Hike in GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 1254 Views :: Taxes

...seeks to increase the GET by 1% and increases taxable income....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hawaii Consumers Will Save $20M/Year Thanks to Internet Tax Abolition
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:16 PM :: 2647 Views :: Taxes

...this prohibition has already passed the U.S. House....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 1131 Views :: Taxes

SB 2478--0.5% surcharge to pay for a long-term care benefits program and SB 2599--raise the GET from 4% to 5% to pay for a series of education initiatives....

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Monday, February 08, 2016
State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 2208 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Temporary tax increases expired in Hawaii. The three top rate brackets were eliminated, and the top marginal rate fell from 11 percent to 8.25 percent....

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Sunday, February 07, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2262 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 2070 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 1935 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.3 percent of state tax collections nationally ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
UH Cancer Center: E-Cigs are Cutting Deep into our Tobacco Tax Revenue—So We’re Hitting Back
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2145 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Higher Education, Taxes
What if people stop smoking cigarettes? How are you going to pay the mortgage and salaries?
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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Tax Is for the Birds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1462 Views :: Taxes

...he released seven chickens in the revenue office lobby....

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Low Income Tax Relief: Hawaii Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 8:14 PM :: 2107 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

...26 other states and the District of Columbia have implemented a state EITC....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
State-Local Tax Burden—Hawaii Ranks 14th
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 1476 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii State-Local Tax Burden as a Percent of State Income is 10.2%, ranking 14th....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 1737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Expert Slams Hawaii Legislature for Lumping E-Cigs in with Tobacco
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 1744 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the new law incorrectly lumps e-cigarettes and lower-risk smokeless tobacco products in with the much more harmful nicotine cigarettes....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Unfriendly Skies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1666 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 :: 1827 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 :: 2134 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 :: 1473 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 :: 1726 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 :: 1739 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 :: 3383 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 :: 2060 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 :: 2431 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 :: 2053 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 :: 2387 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 :: 2068 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 :: 1883 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 :: 1624 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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