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Hawaii General Excise And Use Tax

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.

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Rail Project’s Huge Shortfall Looms Over Legislature’s Opening Day

The Senate president said lawmakers are not united on a plan, even as the House speaker reiterated his ideas to fund the troubled project.

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Death And Taxes: Two Certainties For This Year’s Hawaii Legislature

Lawmakers will consider medical aid in dying legislation while also weighing how to fund transportation projects such as Honolulu rail.

Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Kills Last Bill That Would’ve Reformed Judiciary Renewal Process

After encountering overwhelming criticism, all three of Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran's bills to change the way judges are chosen and retained have died.
Raising The GET: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Take A Bite Of The Forbidden Fruit? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Raising The GET: Will Hawaii Lawmakers Take A Bite Of The Forbidden Fruit?

UPDATED: Bills increasing the general excise tax to support long-term caregiving and education reform cleared key votes Wednesday.
Is Hawaiian Electric Deal Good for Consumers? Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Is Hawaiian Electric Deal Good for Consumers?

Consumer advocate plans to bring in reinforcements to review the proposed $4.3 billion sale of Hawaiian Electric Industries. PUC must decide who will be allowed to intervene in the yearlong process.
Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Living Hawaii: Could Removing State Taxes on Food Make it Cheaper?

Because Hawaii has a general excise tax not a sales tax, it's hard to tell.
Tax Review Commission: Don’t Kill the Messenger

Tax Review Commission: Don’t Kill the Messenger

Panel says tax hike proposal comes from independent reports; besides, it's ultimately the Hawaii Legislature's call.

Yearning For a Way to Collect Tax On Out-of-State Vendors

The growth of e-commerce has lawmakers envisioning a huge loss of sales tax revenues.
Non-Hawaii Owners of Vacation Rentals in Uproar Steve Isaacs/Flickr.com

Non-Hawaii Owners of Vacation Rentals in Uproar

Bills before Legislature would require island control over privately owned Hawaii properties.
Hawaii Lawmakers Again Aiming to Tax E-Commerce Sales

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Aiming to Tax E-Commerce Sales

Hawaii losing out on estimated $25 million in e-commerce revenue annually.
Number of Hawaii Tax Audits Falls to 7-Year Low Civil Beat

Number of Hawaii Tax Audits Falls to 7-Year Low

Auditors manually select cases from among 2.5 million returns processed each year.
Hawaii General Excise And Use Tax