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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Stop Ignoring The City Auditor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Stop Ignoring The City Auditor

If we intend to be serious about improving our government  we cannot tolerate agencies thumbing their noses at the auditor.

Tom Yamachika: Better Rules Needed For Taking Tax Exemptions Flickr: Miwok

Tom Yamachika: Better Rules Needed For Taking Tax Exemptions

Lawmakers shouldn’t be enacting complex GET exemptions that put the risks and rewards in different places.

Tom Yamachika: The Truth About Property Tax On Kauai Flickr: Robert Linsdell

Tom Yamachika: The Truth About Property Tax On Kauai

It takes almost two years to get the home exemption for your house on the Garden Island.

Tom Yamachika: Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices? Flickr: GotCredit

Tom Yamachika: Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices?

Taxes may drive certain prices lower, but incurring taxes doesn’t decrease the overall cost of things.

Tom Yamachika: Cashing In On Film Credits Flicker: SexyAndHotTv .

Tom Yamachika: Cashing In On Film Credits

Hawaii lawmakers have their hands full trying to strike a balance on needs versus lost revenue.

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.