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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Tax Is for the Birds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3872 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
Buy America! For an extra $3M – this time
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4053 Views :: Rail

The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project. The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen?....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Unfriendly Skies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4078 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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Sunday, January 3, 2016
Permanent Internet Tax Freedom
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3844 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii was one of fifteen states that were grandfathered....

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Sunday, December 27, 2015
Delays Upon Delays at DHHL
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4919 Views :: DHHL

DHHL was listed as having $55 million in federal housing funds awarded for Native Hawaiians but unspent, resulting in HUD suspending additional funding....

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6964 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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Sunday, December 13, 2015
An Early Christmas Present from IRS to Heald Students
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4626 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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Sunday, December 6, 2015
Please! Spend More!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3948 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Uncle Sam is giving us money. But we are not spending that money so the federal agencies are saying, “Looks like you don’t need this, so why should we give you any more?”....

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Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rail: Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5071 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 :: 4073 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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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Working on the Fringe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4943 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Sunday, November 8, 2015
The Shaky Future of Bonus Depreciation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5213 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 1, 2015
Wonder Blunder Times 3.5
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3793 Views :: Higher Education

Gib Arnold, former basketball coach at the University of Hawaii, just hit the jackpot....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ten Million Words and Counting
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3760 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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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Taxpayers Also on the Hook for VW Diesel Dupe
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5354 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...the Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended an existing green vehicle tax credit to the new breed of diesels....

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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 :: 3851 Views :: Taxes

On April 13 this year, Bill 36 was introduced in the Honolulu City Council....

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Sunday, October 4, 2015
Ways to Own a Utility
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4339 Views :: Energy

...politicians have thrown out alternative ownership models for the transaction....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Captive Insurance: The Clean Version
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4989 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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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Can We Save the EITC by Making the Form Tougher?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3952 Views :: Tax Credits

...an "error rate," meaning payouts to people not legally entitled to them, in excess of 20% for the last ten years....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tax Credits: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3844 Views :: Tax Credits

...weeping, gnashing of teeth, and litigation....

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Sunday, September 6, 2015
What Should We Be Asking of the HECO Merger?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4592 Views :: Energy

...let’s look at the tax-related conditions that are being proposed....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Taxing Digital Goods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4261 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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Sunday, August 23, 2015
IRS, Could You Please Answer the Phone?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4734 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Penny for Your Thoughts? No? How About 50 Million Then?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5535 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits
Is that how we steward taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars?
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Sunday, August 9, 2015
Relativity Media: E + mc = 0
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4727 Views :: Tax Credits

You may remember Relativity Media from its efforts at the Hawaii Legislature in 2011 and 2012....

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Sunday, August 2, 2015
You Can Have That Road, Alphonse…No! You Take It, Gaston!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5526 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the State and counties aren’t clear on which roads they own....

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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Who’s the Boss, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4361 Views :: Taxes
...voters had limited the power of its legislature to enact taxing and spending bills, and some legislators sued....
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5074 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Clean Energy Equals $418M Tax Hike?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7640 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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Sunday, July 5, 2015
And the Lowsman Trophy Goes To…Hawaii!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4456 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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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Independence Means Freedom from Special Funds
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4551 Views :: Taxes

Special funds are pots of money....

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Sunday, June 21, 2015
Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay Higher Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3697 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 :: 6482 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Taxes

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

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Sunday, June 7, 2015
Whither the Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5990 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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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Could You Please Answer the Phone?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4779 Views :: Tax Credits

...if you are a taxpayer with questions and you call the Hawaii Department of Taxation’s customer service line, there is a more than 50% chance that your call won’t be answered. At all....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6102 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

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

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5661 Views :: National News, Taxes

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

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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4869 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A double standard on an important issue like this is a great way to breed derision and distrust of government....

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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Whose Tax Is It, Anyway? (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5149 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

A few days ago, the United States Tax Court decided a case that is important to small business owners....

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Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Magical Appearing Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5597 Views :: Taxes, Drugs
34.228%! Imagine any customer seeing that kind of tax on the bill!
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Sunday, April 19, 2015
Smoking It Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4335 Views :: Taxes

HB145 has quite a history. It started as a bill to limit the tobacco tax on large cigars to 50 cents per cigar....

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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 :: 6231 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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Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Turtle Bay Bill, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 8301 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...They were under the impression that the bond sale process needed to begin by June 30 of this year. “No,” said the Department of Attorney General, “the law says that the bond sale needs to be DONE by June 30.”...

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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 :: 4225 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, March 22, 2015
HB1471: Barreling the Poor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5412 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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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I Can’t Believe He Said That!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5142 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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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6171 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

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

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Sunday, March 1, 2015
GE Tax: Piling On!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5000 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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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our Best Export – Our Taxes!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4533 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Hotels as Renters
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5595 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

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

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