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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Weekends Safe Once Again, Maybe Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Weekends Safe Once Again, Maybe

A taxpayer wins a calendar dispute with the City and County of Honolulu.

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii’s Line In The Sand On Tax Collection Flickr: Bernard Spragg. NZ

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii’s Line In The Sand On Tax Collection

At least businesses who choose to compete in our marketplace will know the rules.

Tom Yamachika: The Wayfair Switch In Time

Tom Yamachika: The Wayfair Switch In Time

How a South Dakota law impacts Hawaii tax collections.

Tom Yamachika: Who Can We Beat Up With Property Tax? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Who Can We Beat Up With Property Tax?

Honolulu’s Residential A classification targets properties over a certain dollar value that are not registered for a home exemption.

Tom Yamachika: The Risk Of Expanding GET Exemptions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The Risk Of Expanding GET Exemptions

A new affordable housing law could lead to Hawaii losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

Tom Yamachika: Social Security, Taxes And Darth Vader Flickr: GotCredit

Tom Yamachika: Social Security, Taxes And Darth Vader

The Empire is striking back when it comes to altering the deal that is Social Security.

Tom Yamachika: HART Board Could’ve Altered Agenda To Address Audit Concerns Marcel Honore/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: HART Board Could’ve Altered Agenda To Address Audit Concerns

It takes a two-thirds vote, but public bodies can legally address some items that come up unexpectedly during meetings.

Tom Yamachika: Even If You Can’t See Or Touch It, State Wants To Tax It Flickr: CafeCredit.com

Tom Yamachika: Even If You Can’t See Or Touch It, State Wants To Tax It

A comprehensive revamp of Hawaii’s use tax law is in order so that we can understand how it works.

Tom Yamachika: Finding The Magic Bullet For Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Finding The Magic Bullet For Rail Costs

Honolulu needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs for rail for 2018 and 2019.

Tom Yamachika: Reactionary Reaction To Resort Fees Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Reactionary Reaction To Resort Fees

The Hawaii Legislature seems to want to tax most everything a hotel has to offer.

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Let The Tax Genie Out Of The Bottle? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Let The Tax Genie Out Of The Bottle?

The teachers union got smart this year and pushed for an education tax measure that didn’t include specific numbers.

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Flickr: Docking Bay 93

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The Hawaii Legislature proposes new drafts to bills with no public notice and allows no testimony.