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Hawaii General Excise And Use Tax

Capitol Watch: April 6

Capitol Watch: April 6

UPDATED 4:48 p.m. HGEA, state and counties settle; Senate Education approves five BOE picks; and CJ names four more judges.
Online Travel Companies Owe Hawaii $170 Million In Unpaid Taxes

Online Travel Companies Owe Hawaii $170 Million In Unpaid Taxes

Hawaii attorney general pursuing unpaid occupancy and general excise taxes.
Let’s Address Root Causes of Hawaii’s Financial Woes Chad Blair/Civil Beat

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

If state is going to raise taxes, it should show residents it’s spending money as if it were its own.
Road Paved for Raising the GET?

Road Paved for Raising the GET?

Deficit, rejection of cuts and taxes, looming union contracts make increasing Hawaii's general excise tax tempting.
Delaying Hawaii’s Tax Refunds Seen as a One-Time Deal

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

Gov. Abercrombie says he won't delay income tax refunds, but he didn't have much of a choice.
Civil Beat Analysis: City’s Rail Tax Plan Optimistic

Civil Beat Analysis: City’s Rail Tax Plan Optimistic

Comparison of financial projections by City of Honolulu and consultant for state of Hawaii raises doubts about promised revenues.

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

Decision to push income tax refunds over to this fiscal year hurting Hawaii's financial picture, despite increases in GET and hotel room tax.

Hawaii Taxes

As part of our money coverage, Civil Beat is examining whether Hawaii’s tax structure is equitable and fair.

Hawaii Vehicle Registration Fees Favor the Rich

Hawaii taxes vehicles by weight, most states charge a flat rate. So Porsche owners pays less than pickup owners.
Delinquent Notices Sent to Taxpayers In Error

Delinquent Notices Sent to Taxpayers In Error

CGI Technologies has sent more 69,000 delinquency letters to Hawaii taxpayers, but many who received the letters didn't owe any taxes. The company's dealings with the tax department are under investigation.

Tax Department Employee Claims Retaliation

As the state auditor investigates the tax department's controversial CGI contracts, one employee says she was punished for speaking out.
Warning: The Real Cost Of The General Excise Tax

Warning: The Real Cost Of The General Excise Tax

Consumers are often told that the state charges 4 percent on goods and services. But the actual cost built into the final price of most anything in Hawaii is much higher — contributing to the so-called "Price of Paradise."
Hawaii General Excise And Use Tax