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Friday, October 16, 2015
IRS Report Reveals Average Property Tax Deductions in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 2153 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 :: 1841 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 :: 1888 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 :: 1703 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 :: 1353 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 :: 2633 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 :: 1645 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 :: 1997 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 :: 3004 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 :: 2449 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 :: 1809 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 :: 2114 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 :: 2270 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 :: 2899 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 :: 1822 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 :: 2294 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 :: 1677 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 :: 2897 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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Sunday, August 23, 2015
IRS, Could You Please Answer the Phone?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2080 Views :: Taxes

...the Hawaii Department of Taxation was able to answer less than half of the phone calls it received....

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Friday, August 14, 2015
Hawaii Property Tax Rate Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:02 PM :: 2341 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Saturday, August 01, 2015
"How Much Will Rail Cost Us In the End?"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:36 AM :: 2098 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the only honest answer is "as much as it takes."....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta
By NCPA @ 11:50 PM :: 2017 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Hotel occupancy taxes also appear to eat into the budget tourists set for their vacation trips. Such an effect was empirically observed in Hawaii in 2013....

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Bottle Tax to be Cut by Half Cent
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2379 Views :: Environment, Taxes

...the state’s redemption rate decreased from 72.6 percent in fiscal year 2014 to 68.4 percent in the last fiscal year, which ended in June 2015....

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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Who’s the Boss, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1716 Views :: Taxes
...voters had limited the power of its legislature to enact taxing and spending bills, and some legislators sued....
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Hawaii Gas Taxes 3rd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 2326 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii 45.1 cents per gallon, plus federal 18.4 excise tax, plus GE Tax....

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Saturday, July 18, 2015
Clean Energy? Kicking Hawaii Consumers When They're Already Down
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:53 PM :: 2328 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...fuel taxes are "highly regressive," meaning that they hurt the poor the most....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2737 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The excise tax is an investment by the taxpayers of Hawai‘i and my job is to ensure that their hard earned money is being spent efficiently, effectively and productively....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2910 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3374 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes
Our government is supposed to be studying how to produce clean energy, not how to milk the public!
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Friday, July 10, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax 'Broadest Sales Tax in US'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:03 PM :: 2220 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state's personal income....

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Tax Spirits? In Hawaii its $5.98 / gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 2858 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Today’s map shows how spirit excise taxes in your state compare....

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Sunday, July 05, 2015
And the Lowsman Trophy Goes To…Hawaii!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Fortunately, our lawmakers are allowing the three top rates to die a natural death at the end of this year with our highest marginal rate a more modest 8.25%....

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Video: A Fiscal Cliff for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 2343 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Senate Minority Budget Director Paul Harleman about the current economic status of Hawaii and his concerns for the state's future financial stability....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Ige Releases ‘Intent to Veto’ List
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2463 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Ige has informed the Hawai‘i State Legislature of his intent to veto the following bills....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Independence Means Freedom from Special Funds
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1858 Views :: Taxes

Special funds are pots of money....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 2127 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay Higher Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1524 Views :: Taxes

...we don’t want to inflict a disproportionate amount of pain on our friends....

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Sunday, June 14, 2015
Where’s the Tax Stamp on that Eggplant?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2697 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Taxes

...many common vegetables contain nicotine....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
NextEra Behind Bogus Windfarm Tax Credit Study
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 2721 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...federal subsidies to wind power do not create investment out of nowhere; they simply distort the relative cost of producing wind energy, shifting investments from other sectors of the economy to wind projects....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Sales Tax Collections Per Capita: Hawaii Ranks #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 2961 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii collects $2,088 per person....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
US House Votes to Permanently Ban Hawaii's Tax on Internet Access
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 AM :: 1940 Views :: Taxes

The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act now goes to the Senate....

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Monday, June 08, 2015
Travel Assoc: FAA Bill before Congress Should Cut Taxes on Airfares
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 1715 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Organization presents comprehensive policy platform to lower aviation taxes, promote airline competition and fix air travel infrastructure in coming FAA reauthorization....

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Sunday, June 07, 2015
Whither the Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2317 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

By adding a resort fee of $25 to a room rate of $125, the hotel brings in $150 per night but it can advertise a $125 room rate....

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Saturday, June 06, 2015
Hawaii Cigarette Taxes 5th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 2809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
...could cause budgetary problems as cigarette tax revenues are on the decline as less and less people smoke....
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Friday, May 29, 2015
Income Tax Per Capita: Hawaii Ranks 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 10:57 AM :: 2192 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...state and local combined individual income tax collections per person....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Study: Honolulu Property Taxes Among Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3653 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Taxes

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released the annual 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study, a comprehensive analysis of effective property tax rates in each state’s largest city....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2534 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
2015 Legislative Recap: Victories for Social and Economic Justice
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 2044 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living
The 2015 Legislative session ended earlier this month with three of Hawaii Appleseed's top priorities being passed!
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th Highest
By Selected News Articles @ 2:39 PM :: 3212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...taxes are the single most expensive ingredient in beer, costing more than labor and raw materials combined....”

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2465 Views :: National News, Taxes

...three big issues that are holding us back in international competitiveness....

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