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Thursday, November 14, 2019
‘Driving Report' Tax Hike Propaganda from HDoT Coming to Your Mailbox
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 383 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... HDoT's fake ‘report’ will make it seem that you will save money with a road usage charge.  Will you believe them? ....

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Sunday, November 03, 2019
The Parable of the Two Horses!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 726 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... which horse do you think finished pulling the wagon first? ....

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Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hawaii Among Only 7 States to Tax Groceries at Full Rate
By Tax Foundation @ 3:40 PM :: 885 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...How Does Your State Treat Groceries, Candy, and Soda?....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019
State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Drops from 26th to 37th
By Tax Foundation @ 6:02 PM :: 753 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 37th on business tax climate, down 11 places since it re-imposed 3 'temporary' income tax brackets—with a top rate of 11%—and rolled back estate tax reforms....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
Hawaii Death Tax Will Soon be Tied for #1
By Tax Foundation @ 4:21 AM :: 1067 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Washington State’s 20 percent rate is the highest estate tax rate in the nation, although Hawaii is set to increase its top rate to 20 percent effective January 1, 2020....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 717 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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Monday, October 07, 2019
Ige Heralded for 'Worst Policy Proposals' of 2019
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within....

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
They’re Taking Their Business Elsewhere
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1246 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...We, among many others, have long warned that if government squeezes our population too hard with taxes, regulations, and other impediments, people will vote. Not necessarily at the ballot box, but with their feet.... 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Auditor: DoE School Impact Fee Illegal and Indefensible
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:50 PM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Development, Taxes

...The DOE’s inconsistent and problematic implementation of the school impact fee law calls into question the relevance and appropriateness of the fees that have been collected to date....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
Road Fees and Taxes: Nobody Pays More than Hawaii Drivers
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the amount of state and local road spending covered by gas taxes, tolls, user fees, and user taxes varies widely among states. It ranges from only 6.9 percent in Alaska to 71 percent in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Hawaii 'Throwback Rule' Keeps Business Out
By Tax Foundation @ 11:19 PM :: 917 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Throwback rules can yield exceedingly high and often uncompetitive levels of taxation for some businesses, to the point that the outmigration they generate can more than offset any revenue gains from taxing “nowhere income.”....

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
DoTax Deploys Final Phase of Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...With this final installment, the department will add cigarette/tobacco, fuel and liquor taxes to the new system, completing the configurations needed to administer all Hawaiʻi taxes....

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Sunday, September 01, 2019
Thirty Years of State Tax, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

...the taxes that have changed the most dramatically in the past 30 years....

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Sunday, August 04, 2019
Withholding, the Root of All Evil?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 871 Views :: Taxes

...Withholding is making someone who isn’t liable for tax, but who pays money to someone who is, responsible for collecting and paying the tax to the government.... 

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Hawaii 5th-Highest Gasoline Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:19 PM :: 935 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...State Gasoline Tax Rates as of July 2019....

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
Hawaii GE Tax Hits 105.29% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:55 PM :: 1400 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times....

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Sunday, July 14, 2019
So What Really Is a Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1532 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect....

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Sunday, June 30, 2019
The Tax on Ghost Homes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1704 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... a vacant home fee of 5% or 10% ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Ige: Intent to Veto 20 Bills--Including AirBnB Tax
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2108 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...Ige notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 20 measures....

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Sunday, June 23, 2019
It’s the Economy, Stupid
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1588 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...Recently, we have been getting lots of news about our economy here in the islands, and none of it has been good....

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Friday, June 21, 2019
How High Are Spirits Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 10:24 PM :: 1123 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii taxes distilled spirits at $5.98 per gallon ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Debunked: Caldwell’s ‘Vancouver Tax’ Does Nothing to Ease Rental Crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 2002 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

...1,100 homes were removed from the rental market in the first year of the city’s empty-homes tax....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Let’s be reasonable about STRs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 PM :: 1794 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...there is a bill before Gov. David Ige, SB 1292, which he has until June 24 to veto or sign....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:23 PM :: 1099 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes wine at $1.38/gallon, 14th highest in USA....

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Friday, June 07, 2019
Hawaii 3rd Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 7:10 PM :: 1529 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii imposes $0.93 tax per gallon of beer ....

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Friday, June 07, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 1595 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Sunday, June 02, 2019
Shining Light on Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1452 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...DOTAX justified the shroud of darkness surrounding its revenue projections with a theory, derived from federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law, called “deliberative process privilege.”....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 1246 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii derives 22.9% of tax revenue from individual income taxes .... 

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2131 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Let’s get smart about government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 2329 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

...Kauai is looking at a budget increase of 10.7%; Honolulu, 8.6%; Maui 8.1%; and Hawaii County 12.7%....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 1270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... the GE Tax accounts for 37.2% of State revenue, Hawaii ranks 9th most dependent....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gut-n-Replace 2019
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2222 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...the law’s discrimination against nonresidents was prohibited by a part of the U.S. Constitution that the deputy attorney general didn’t consider.  “Oops,” the deputy said....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hawaii: 2nd Highest Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 1806 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii combined pass-through business income tax rate 43.7%, second only to California....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 1322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
State Corporate Income Taxes Increase Tax Burden on Corporate Profits
By Tax Foundation @ 6:23 PM :: 1670 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii: Combined State-Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate 26.1% ....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 1378 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Sunday, May 05, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1974 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Thursday, May 02, 2019
​To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 1800 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Alabama and Hawaii raise the smallest portion of their state and local tax revenue through property taxes: 17.1 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Is lack of funding the real problem in the Department of Education?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:54 PM :: 2724 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...UIPA Request: DoE Refusing to Release Check Register....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tax Foundation Hawaii: Motion for Reconsideration Rips Rail-Skim Decision
By Tax Foundation @ 6:02 PM :: 2526 Views :: Taxes

...This is harsh criticism, but it is well-founded....

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Monday, April 15, 2019
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 2949 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Try out the “adjust performance” feature.  You can abolish the GE Tax and cut other taxes, eliminate public employees, enact a right to work law, raise or lower the minimum wage, and see how each move affects Hawaii’s economic performance....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2064 Views :: Taxes

...No, that isn’t a cuss word. It’s just the facts, ma’am....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day is April 23rd
By Tax Foundation @ 1:41 AM :: 1825 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Tax Freedom Day is 43rd among states....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 2805 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Sunday, April 07, 2019
Revenue Raisers Already Sent to the Governor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2173 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...our legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes....

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Thursday, April 04, 2019
Sin Taxes: Hawaii 3rd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 5:48 AM :: 1802 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...'Sin' taxes are levied on a relatively narrow tax base, and many are regressive, with a larger share of the tax burden falling on those with lower incomes....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
State of the State Budget 2020
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 2358 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...A new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report suggests ways to build a financial reserve....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Hawaii--2nd Highest State Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 PM :: 1853 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Unlike tax rates, which vary widely based on an individual’s circumstances, tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2295 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes, Tourism

...Before the ink was dry on those judgments, the Department of Taxation produced additional assessments against the taxpayers, this time on car rental commissions....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
‘Backward budgeting’ wrong way to move forward
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:18 PM :: 2012 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii lawmakers are considering a myriad of new tax increases in order to pay for their spending plans, but instead they should clamp down on their spending so tax hikes aren’t needed....

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