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Sunday, January 4, 2015
Lottery as the Most Practical Path to Wealth?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5872 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

...In 2005, a survey asked a sample of 1,000 adult Americans what would be the most practical way for them to accumulate several hundred thousand dollars....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Hawaii GET: Another Perspective
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4235 Views :: Taxes

...“policy measures and costs impacting small business and entrepreneurship.”....

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4395 Views :: Taxes

Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won’t pay his U.S. taxes....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4128 Views :: Taxes

...when a Hawaii taxpayer reaches $200,000 in federal adjusted gross income, a number of bad things happen that, in total, can result in a marginal tax rate of 367,100% on that last dollar....

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
End Run Around Nexus
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4357 Views :: Taxes

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases....

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Tax Credit That Should Not Die
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4670 Views :: Tax Credits
Note to lawmakers: No touch!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Who’s the Boss, Anyway?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4284 Views :: Taxes

Under the TBOR, tax increases and significant government borrowing had to be presented to the voters before they could take effect....

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
The 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 5008 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The Tax Foundation just released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Monday, November 10, 2014
Un-Taxis?
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:24 AM :: 3916 Views :: Honolulu County

Big names in the market are Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar....

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Great Pension Debate
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5198 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Other states don’t have anything like these exceptions....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow GDP? (Part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5712 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii fell eight rungs from last year, tying the great state of New Jersey for the honor of being the least improved state....

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow GDP? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4261 Views :: Economy

As of June 30, 2013, Hawaii’s 11% top individual rate was second only to California....

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow Hawaii's GDP?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5234 Views :: Economy, Taxes

Elections are happening every day. People are constantly voting, with their dollars and with their feet....

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Falling Off the Cliff
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4129 Views :: Taxes
"wheeeeeee...splat."
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Second Most Unfair Tax System? Really?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5228 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the study ranked Hawaii’s tax system 49th out of 50, in the order of fairness....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything: How to Lose Your Solar Tax Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6101 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

This week’s illustration of how timing is important involves the Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies credit....

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything, It's the Only Thing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3861 Views :: Taxes

...poor timing can lead to tremendously bad results in Hawaii's tax system....

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
State-Provided Targeted Benefits: Help or Harm?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3636 Views :: Taxes

...State governments, including ours, are increasingly using targeted benefits, such as tax credits and exemptions, to attract companies....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
REIT – A New Kind of Tax Shelter?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4801 Views :: Taxes

What qualifies as real estate for REIT purposes is an issue that recently has been in the news....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Filing Close to Deadline? Get a Receipt!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4146 Views :: Taxes

Mr. and Mrs. Stocker waited until the day their taxes were due....

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5200 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Airline passengers are considered an easy group to tax....

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Do We Really Want to Starve the Golden Goose?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4605 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Department of Taxation employees were able to answer the phone only 59% of the time in 2013....

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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Everywhere...and Perversely Fair
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3744 Views :: Taxes

...Our Hawaii Supreme Court said that it reaches "virtually every economic activity imaginable"....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Inversion: Is it Fair to Vote with Your Feet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3903 Views :: Taxes

...“inversion” occurs when a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and moves its headquarters to the foreign country....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5976 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Would You Be Shocked?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6091 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii's power prices are among the highest in the nation as well. Not surprisingly, one of the big reasons for this is taxation....

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Sunday, July 6, 2014
Winner and Still Champ! Oh, No!!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6689 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

The old saying "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there" seems to sum up employment conditions in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
We’ve Been Bracket Creeped!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4182 Views :: Taxes

...in 1978 when Hawaii adopted its present system of conforming to the federal Internal Revenue Code, inflation adjustments were left off the table....

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
How Hawaii Can Grow the Pie
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:10 PM :: 4159 Views :: Taxes

What it would take to help the state create a governing and regulatory climate that would bring in more revenue without raising taxes....

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Sunday, June 15, 2014
It's All About Delivering Value
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3644 Views :: Taxes

When you think about paying taxes, most people seem to think that it's about the same as throwing money down a rathole....

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Sunday, June 8, 2014
What Happens in Vegas...Moves to Vegas
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4105 Views :: Taxes

...between 1995 and 2000 roughly 12,000 people moved from Hawaii to Nevada, and about 1,850 moved from Nevada to Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 1, 2014
The Hawaiian Tribe--Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4263 Views :: Taxes

We certainly hope that no one is thinking that the citizens of the reconstituted Kingdom living on state lands, and taking advantages of the benefits and services offered by the state and federal governments, will then claim they don’t have to pay for them....

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Time for the Kapalama Terminal Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4614 Views :: Tax Credits

Let’s use the discussion over this credit to help us all determine what time it is....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6751 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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Sunday, May 11, 2014
To Err Is Human – And Then We Can Really Mess Things Up
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3645 Views :: Taxes

One feature of our legislative session is that a lot of work needs to get done in a short amount of time. When that happens, there are “oops” moments....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
So You Want A Stable Funding Source?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3723 Views :: Taxes

This week we look at the term “stable funding source.” In business, there is no such thing....

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Do You Know the Meaning of ‘Temporary’?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4061 Views :: Taxes
Yes, to you and me it’s a common word. But in the world of Hawaii tax it seems to have an entirely different meaning....
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
C’mon, Mr Producer, Do You Even Know What All The Laws Are?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4757 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

One of the bills now making its way through the Legislature concerns the motion picture, digital media, and film production tax credit....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
What’s The Streamlined Sales Tax Project – And Should We Jump In?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4149 Views :: Taxes

This problem could be solved if Congress steps in....

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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Tax Return Extensions – Not an Occasion to Punt on Working the Numbers
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3662 Views :: Taxes
If you didn't, the computer will take away your extension retroactively. And it will probably hit you with 25% penalties, and interest on top of that....
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5463 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
If You Want a Tax Appeal, Beware the Weekend
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3684 Views :: Taxes

Once in a while people fight with taxing agencies about their taxes....

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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Mayors Are Still After GE Tax Surcharge Authority
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3722 Views :: Taxes

This bill is still alive and it represents probably the largest TAX INCREASE still moving.....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Whither the Independent Appeals Officer?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4111 Views :: Taxes

Appeals officers help over 100,000 taxpayers each year resolve their tax disputes with the IRS....

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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Well Then, How Do We Stimulate Business?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4214 Views :: Tax Credits

A few weeks ago this column spoke out against tax credits....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 7007 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
I Thought There Was Only One Beast to Feed
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3473 Views :: Taxes

When you and I pay our taxes, we probably expect that the money we pay in will be used toward any and all legitimate financial needs of the state....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
You Like Tax Credits, Why Don’t We?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3960 Views :: Tax Credits
Those who seek to enlarge or expand those credits at the legislature frequently find the Tax Foundation opposed. Why is that?
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
I Need a Gun, Mommy, but I won't use it (now)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3618 Views :: Taxes

Recently the mayors of our four large counties all got together in what has been described as their annual pilgrimage to the legislature....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tax Foundation of Hawaii: We are Still Here, and Life Goes On
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4202 Views :: Taxes

There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes....

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