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Friday, September 17, 2021
Biden Tax Hike: Hawaii Combined Income Tax Rate to Hit 57.4%
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 2989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... If Congress’s new tax hikes come through, successful residents in high-tax states will be placed in a terrible position. ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Vacant Homes Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 8766 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... How does some bureaucrat sitting in the real property tax office have any idea whether a property is vacant? ....

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Friday, September 10, 2021
​The Vacant Homes Tax: Can this Even be Enforced?
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 3086 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... an increase of up to 2000% ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Counties, You’re TAT Collectors Now
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2303 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... HB 862 makes no provision whatsoever for joint collection. The counties are on their own ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 3082 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 2288 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Can Raising a Tax Lose Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1791 Views :: Taxes

... One fundamental assumption that has been made over the years by our lawmakers is that if you enact a tax, money will be raised.  What if that weren’t true? ....

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Sunday, August 15, 2021
The Time Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2307 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 3047 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Tax Hike News: Kai Kahele Co-Sponsors Carbon Pricing Bill
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 3186 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Taxes

... The Energy Innovation Act will put a price on so-called carbon pollution and allegedly allocate some of that revenue to Americans as a monthly dividend or “carbon cash back” payment to make you feel better about high fuel and electric costs ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Military Spouse Tax Act Introduced
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2370 Views :: Military, Taxes

... allowing the military spouse to keep their home domicile for state income tax purposes ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Eligible homeowners encouraged to apply for Real Property Tax Credit Program
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 3899 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... The deadline to apply for the Real Property Tax Credit Program is September 30, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
2021 Legislature: DLNR Scores Fees and Positions
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 2680 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... State lawmakers and DLNR leaders believe the 2021 legislative session was the most productive and effective for natural and cultural resources protection and support of any in recent decades ....

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Sunday, July 11, 2021
Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2485 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Does our government overreach?  Yes.  Why does it do that?  Because we let them ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 2596 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Vetoes and Overrides!
By Tom Yamachika @ 7:17 PM :: 2149 Views :: Taxes

... HB58 “Enola Gay Frankenbill” really is dead this time ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 3041 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 3155 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Sunday, July 4, 2021
Intent to Veto--the Enola Gay Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2594 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hopefully, the bad stuff will die and remain dead ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
Hawaii 3rd Highest Beer Tax in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:06 AM :: 2451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is 3rd-highest at $0.93 per gallon, just ahead of 4th place Kentucky .... 

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 2885 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
$100M Tax Hike: City conducts surveys for feedback about Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 3103 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3494 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:34 AM :: 2149 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii wine taxes are 14th highest in USA ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 2233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
​Why Hawaii residents are moving away
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 AM :: 3809 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State taxes a major driver of the exodus ....

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Sunday, June 20, 2021
Showdown of the Juggernauts
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1918 Views :: Taxes

... Taxing Income in the New World of Teleworking ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 2696 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Blangiardi: I Support HB862 -- 3% TAT Hike for Counties
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 2620 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

"...I support HB 862 as it provides the City the option of restoring a revenue base which has been lost – allowing us to continue services to our people...."

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Sunday, June 13, 2021
Taxing Government Largesse
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3018 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...“Landlords are subject to GET on these amounts whether the payments are received from the tenants or directly from the agency that administers the relief program on behalf of the tenant.”  The same reasoning applies to income tax, federal and state....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Another Hawaii Couple Indicted in Sovereignty-Related Tax Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 4683 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... The Hawvers and the Chocks were plaintiffs alongside Rose Dradi, a Keanu Sai-Dexter Kiama collaborator, in a now-dismissed Sept 7, 2018 lawsuit claiming the IRS had no legal authority to collect taxes from them ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 3196 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3228 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Sunday, June 6, 2021
Enjoying Your Maui Resort Condo? Now Pay Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2910 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Some taxpayers on Maui are getting a nasty surprise this year because they didn’t do anything, and their real property tax rate doubled ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
​Taxes: How Hawaii Can Gouge Teleworkers
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 2529 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Taxing teleworking income from different states ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
How Much Does Your State Collect in Property Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:11 AM :: 2566 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii collects $1,258 per capita ....

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3748 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
Community Meetings set for O‘ahu Storm Water Master Plan
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2585 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Hawaii GE Tax Highest In USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:39 PM :: 2698 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... In fiscal year (FY) 2018, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii ($2,694) ....

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Sunday, May 9, 2021
State/Federal Changes in Income Tax Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2620 Views :: Taxes

... Income tax is a complicated enough subject already ....

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Friday, May 7, 2021
These Tax Bills Got Sent to the Governor - Hold on to your wallets!
By Video @ 3:24 AM :: 2711 Views :: Taxes

... There were significant changes in net income tax, exemptions suspended for the GET, a new 3% bump for the transient accommodations tax, tripling and quadrupling tax rates for conveyances of real property, and more ....

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Hawaii Corporate Tax Costs Compared to 50 States
By Tax Foundation @ 11:42 PM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Manufacturing faces exceedingly high rates of taxation in Hawaii, but some other firms benefit from generous incentives, reducing tax costs or even yielding negative rates of tax ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Counties, the TAT Is Now Your Problem Too!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2412 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... For many years, the counties and the State have been bickering about how much support from the State’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Hawaii Individual Income Tax $1,711 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 6:47 PM :: 2830 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii 9th-Highest State and Local Individual Income Tax Collections Per Capita ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Maui, Kauai Mayors to Pursue TAT Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 3620 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 862 authorizes counties to impose a new hotel room tax of up to 3% ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 2790 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Modernizing Rental Car and Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Taxes for a Post-Pandemic Future
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 2731 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii’s Department of Taxation adopted rules in February 2021 to levy the state’s rental car tax onto peer-to-peer car sharing by interpreting car sharing platforms as being the lessor of the vehicles on the marketplace ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Is the Pacific Ocean now “ceded land?”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 4165 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... HB1019, creating a new OHA revenue stream at the expense of small dive-tour businesses, is quietly heading to conference committee ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Hawaii State and Local Taxes $7,332 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 AM :: 2857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii taxes 5th highest in USA ....

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Sunday, April 11, 2021
Bride of Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2503 Views :: Taxes

... our lawmakers are not stopping at just one Frankenbill ....

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