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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 :: 2551 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 :: 1681 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 :: 2468 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 :: 1719 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 :: 2095 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 :: 2111 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 :: 1893 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 :: 2160 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 :: 2411 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 :: 1789 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 :: 1970 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 :: 1953 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 :: 3802 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 :: 2371 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 :: 2936 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 :: 2458 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 :: 2838 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 :: 2446 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 :: 2227 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 :: 1913 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 :: 2049 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 :: 2618 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 :: 2075 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 :: 2138 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 :: 1923 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 :: 2269 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 :: 2801 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 :: 2122 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 :: 2956 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 :: 3624 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 :: 2155 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 :: 2103 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 :: 2354 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 :: 1861 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 :: 1624 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 :: 2115 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 :: 1988 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 :: 1914 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 :: 2275 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 :: 1957 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 :: 2010 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 :: 1845 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 :: 1455 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 :: 2851 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 :: 1760 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 :: 2130 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 :: 3229 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 :: 2603 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 :: 1936 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 :: 2245 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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