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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 1761 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2226 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 1732 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax: Broadest Sales Tax in US
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 2040 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

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

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 2315 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii will be the 25th state to reach Tax Freedom Day, 5 days earlier than national average....

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1568 Views :: Taxes

...the State used to administer the property tax back in the dark ages until the 1978 Constitutional Convention....

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 1930 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
50th – Low Income (12.30% of Income)
48th – Middle Income (10.86% of Income)

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
HB1471: Barreling the Poor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2007 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...if HB1471 passes we are looking at a total tax of $53.2 million, which is an increase of about 25%....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
TAT: Tourist Dollars not an Infinite Resource
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1596 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

HB 169 would gradually raise the transient accommodations tax for resort time share vacation units to 9.25%....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:24 AM :: 1645 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The current trend of increasing state and county revenues via various state tax increases and surcharges represents the sort of short-term planning that inevitably leads to economic troubles....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 2287 Views :: Homelessness, Rail, Taxes, Drugs

A report on the top state issues of 2015....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Auditor Hammers Legislators' Special Funds: 43 of 44 Do Not Meet Criteria
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...an analysis of each new special or revolving fund proposed by legislative bills....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Online Travel Companies Win Big Before Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 2969 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of online travel companies....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Who Needs Tax Hike? DLNR: Waikiki Erosion Caused by Weather Anomaly
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1935 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

...Sand Should Return with Trade Winds....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 2045 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...0.25 per cent rate, beginning January 1, 2017. Amends the administrative fee for the collection of a county surcharge by the State....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I Can’t Believe He Said That!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2218 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii's departments, agencies, and other governmental units ....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Update: Low Income Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 2398 Views :: Homelessness, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Hawaii Appleseed is making solid progress advancing important legislation to benefit low-income people in our state....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Council on Revenues Increases Growth Forecast by 1% for Fiscal Year 2015
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 2043 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This translates to an additional $191.4 million in anticipated revenues to the state general fund for fiscal biennium 2016-17....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
IRS Seeks Hawaii Volunteers for Tax Panel
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 1308 Views :: Taxes

...IRS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service....

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Sunday, March 08, 2015
Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1944 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

In Hawaii a number of us are fascinated with gambling....

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Friday, March 06, 2015
Raise it Higher? GE Tax one among worst practices in fifty states
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 2052 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...And the poorer you are, the more of your income goes to GE Tax....

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Thursday, March 05, 2015
Sunshine? Bills Slip Through During 'Total Solar Eclipse'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 2423 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

During floor session today (March 5th, 2015) after 1:00 PM, House Finance Chair stood up and requested a waiver of the 48-hour requirement to hear an agenda of bills with just one hour of notice....

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2212 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Sunday, March 01, 2015
GE Tax: Piling On!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2138 Views :: Taxes

The Legislature is considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET)....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 5:28 PM :: 1940 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the proposed laws could actually increase obesity by increasing poverty....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
HART Directors' Secret Discussion: State May Grab 25% Cut to Ease Passage of GE Tax Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 PM :: 2600 Views :: Rail, Taxes
HART Chairman Don Horner suggests the State's surcharge will be raised to 25% even though such a move would "result in a deficit in anticipated GET revenues."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
California Plastic Bag Ban Suspended as 800,000 Sign Repeal Ballot Petition
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2413 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes
“SB 270 was never a bill about the environment. It was a backroom deal between the California Grocers Association and their union friends to scam consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Surprise: Poorest Obamacare Enrollees Face $530 IRS Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:27 PM :: 2179 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

Also in the H&R Block report is the news that the individual mandate penalty is averaging $172. This is likely to rise in future years....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
SB358: Green Energy Scammers Push Legislators to Tax Natural Gas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 1957 Views :: Energy, Taxes

Under SB358, gas will be taxed more heavily than oil....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our Best Export – Our Taxes!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1575 Views :: Taxes

...we are exporting around 15%-20% of our general excise tax....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB330: Increase GE Tax by 1%
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:35 PM :: 1901 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

... According to ITEP, payment of sales and excise taxes takes up an average of 11% of family income for the poorest 20% of earners ....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 51.2% Tax on S-Corporation Income
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 2374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The fasted growing type of pass-through business is the S corporation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Warning labels and beverage tax fail in Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 1461 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

We have good news to share about our fights against unfair taxes and regulation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB 825 Provides Little Incentive for Illegal Vacation Rentals to Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 PM :: 3850 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...the effect of this bill is to burden the compliant small businesses and owner/operator establishments by creating a system that favors larger rental companies and hotels....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2015 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:55 PM :: 1617 Views :: Taxes

1,515 bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and 1,379 bills were introduced in the Senate – over 400 more bills than were introduced in 2014....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 2126 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Hotels as Renters
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2090 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Sales taxes in most states leave rent alone, but our General Excise Tax (GET) taxes it....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
SB727: Hike GE Tax Another 0.5% Statewide
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 1338 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to the citizen tax burden....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HR235: Eliminate Hawaii Internet Access Taxes
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1442 Views :: Taxes

Currently, seven states—Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin—are permitted to tax Internet access....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Small Business Caucus Backs HB266 Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1950 Views :: Rail, Small Business, Taxes

...Small Business Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature today announced its priority list of bills....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Massive GE Tax Hike On the Move in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 AM :: 3422 Views :: Taxes

UPDATE: HB1253 has been deferred. SB727 passed with amendments....

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Monday, February 09, 2015
$185M GE Tax Hike: HB1240 on a Fast Track
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 2384 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

House Bill 1240 will bypass the House Committee on Education and is referred solely to the House Committee on Finance....

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Sunday, February 08, 2015
HB1307: Fair Taxation?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2295 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...HB1307, introduced by Rep Kaniela Ing, raises income taxes on middle class families by 12%....

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Friday, February 06, 2015
Obama Budget would Increase Top Marginal Capital Gains Tax Rate in Hawaii to 35.8%--#2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1736 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The President’s budget has a proposed increase in the federal capital gains tax rate....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Obama's Budget: One Trillion Dollars of New Taxes
By NCPA @ 3:43 PM :: 1884 Views :: National News, Taxes

Here are five Obama tax proposals that make no sense....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Could Sock Expedia for $626M in Hotel Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 1873 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...In coming weeks, Hawaii’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Hawaii Personal Income Taxes: "Highest Dollar Amount of Any State"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 2025 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A single filer earning Hawaii's median income of $61,408 can expect to pay $4,043.88 in state income taxes, the highest dollar amount of any state, or 6.59% of his income....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Tax Rate 50.4% on Small Business Income, Hawaii #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 2352 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sole proprietorships, S corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs)....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
SB946: Repeal GE Tax on intermediary business transactions.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:51 PM :: 1620 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...the state is frequently singled out as having one of the most burdensome tax systems in the nation....

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