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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.

September 2018

Sunday, September 9

Tom Yamachika: Better Rules Needed For Taking Tax Exemptions

January 2017

Wednesday, January 18

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

Friday, January 13

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

March 2016

Thursday, March 10

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

February 2016

Wednesday, February 10

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

December 2014

Monday, December 8

Is Hawaiian Electric Deal Good for Consumers?

January 2014

Monday, January 27

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

September 2012

Tuesday, September 11

Tax Review Commission: Don’t Kill the Messenger

March 2012

Saturday, March 3

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

February 2012

Tuesday, February 28

Non-Hawaii Owners of Vacation Rentals in Uproar

Thursday, February 23

Hawaii Lawmakers Again Aiming to Tax E-Commerce Sales

December 2011

Wednesday, December 21

Number of Hawaii Tax Audits Falls to 7-Year Low

Monday, December 19

Honolulu Property Tax Overhaul Dead On Arrival?

Wednesday, December 14

Hawaii Sees ‘Optimistic Financial Picture’ Ahead

October 2011

Friday, October 7

Rail Price Drops Again In New Draft Financial Plan

September 2011

Saturday, September 24

Analysis: Hawaii Tax Review Commission Has Some Teeth

Friday, September 9

Hawaii Tax Review Panel to Ask for More Time

July 2011

Friday, July 22

Recent Rail Tax Revenues a Pleasant Surprise for City

Thursday, July 14

Hawaii 2011 Tax Revenues Higher Than Expected

June 2011

Friday, June 17

Attorneys, CPAs and Bank Execs Named to Hawaii Tax Review Commission

Tuesday, June 14

Hawaii Tax Collections Could Best Forecast

April 2011

Tuesday, April 19

Berg: Hawaii Profiteering Off Honolulu Taxpayers

Thursday, April 7

GET Hike In Hawaii Is Dead

Tuesday, April 5

Capitol Watch: April 6

March 2011

Thursday, March 24

Online Travel Companies Owe Hawaii $170 Million In Unpaid Taxes

February 2011

Friday, February 25

Let’s Address Root Causes of Hawaii’s Financial Woes

Thursday, February 17

Road Paved for Raising the GET?

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Delaying Hawaii’s Tax Refunds Seen as a One-Time Deal

Wednesday, December 8

Civil Beat Analysis: City’s Rail Tax Plan Optimistic

November 2010

Tuesday, November 16

Hawaii’s General Fund Down 6% So Far This Fiscal Year

Saturday, November 6

Hawaii Taxes

September 2010

Tuesday, September 28

Hawaii Vehicle Registration Fees Favor the Rich

July 2010

Wednesday, July 21

Delinquent Notices Sent to Taxpayers In Error

Friday, July 2

Tax Department Employee Claims Retaliation

May 2010

Saturday, May 15

Warning: The Real Cost Of The General Excise Tax

Tuesday, May 11

Why Growing A Business In Hawaii Is Challenging

Friday, May 7

Do charities cross the line to help donors?

Thursday, May 6

Nonprofits GET taken by state

Saturday, May 1

Nonprofits Can’t Escape GET, Despite “Tax-Exempt” Status

April 2010

Wednesday, April 21

The real cost of the General Excise Tax

Hawaii General Excise And Use Tax