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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Making The National Debt Personal Flickr: Pictures of Money

Tom Yamachika: Making The National Debt Personal

Taxpayers are actually allowed to make contributions to help bring down a debt currently pegged at $30 trillion.

Tom Yamachika: The Tax Administration Slush Fund DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: The Tax Administration Slush Fund

Has the bloodlust to collect fines and penalties taken over at the Hawaii Department of Taxation?

Tom Yamachika: Are Car Rentals ‘Tourism Related Services’? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Are Car Rentals ‘Tourism Related Services’?

It’s an important question because such businesses have favorable treatment with Hawaii’s general excise tax.

Tom Yamachika: Tips For Hawaii Tax Department Help

Tom Yamachika: Tips For Hawaii Tax Department Help

For example, allow extra time when trying something new involving customer service.

Tom Yamachika: Do Ocean-Friendly Restaurants Warrant Tax Breaks?

Tom Yamachika: Do Ocean-Friendly Restaurants Warrant Tax Breaks?

A city measure would exempt dining facilities from Honolulu real property tax if they are certified by the Surfrider Foundation.

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii’s Tax Department Is Doing Better

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii’s Tax Department Is Doing Better

There has been a big improvement in taking customer inquiries, but there is room to grow.

Tom Yamachika: We Should Do More To Encourage Retirement Savings Flickr: Investment Zen

Tom Yamachika: We Should Do More To Encourage Retirement Savings

As a policy matter, we should give employers incentives to put something away for employees, just like parents do for their kids.

Tom Yamachika: If You’re Still Paying ‘Use Tax’ on These Purchases, Stop DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: If You’re Still Paying ‘Use Tax’ on These Purchases, Stop

More and more online retailers are already charging you a tax on your purchases, so don’t assume they haven’t.

Tom Yamachika: One Man’s Fight Against Hawaii’s Tax Department Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: One Man’s Fight Against Hawaii’s Tax Department

Why we should care about this important lawsuit and the bills that a state agency lobbies for.

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again

A state agency wants to hike dockage and port entry fees several times through 2021.

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You

If public participation is limited or barred, those doing the governing become no different than tyrants.

Tom Yamachika: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

There may be a serious legal flaw in Hawaii’s new rail-funding law.