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Withholding, the Root of All Evil?

Withholding is making someone who isn’t liable for tax, but who pays money to someone who is, responsible for collecting and paying the tax to the government.  Employers, for example, must withhold federal and state income taxes out of wages paid to their employees.  The government also makes the buyer withhold taxes on big property sales. The federal government...

The Two Things That Raise Eyebrows About the El Paso Shooting

There is no question that the recent shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas were a tragedy for those affected. As well, these shootings can be seen as nothing less than acts of domestic terrorism (they fit the basic definition of terrorism, and they were domestic at their core). But the El Paso shooting stands out as a hand over-played...

A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates

In this week’s article, we spotlight yet another attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows. During any legislative session, our Department of Taxation furnishes a very important service to our legislators. It provides revenue estimates on various bills going through the legislative process. Sometimes it includes in its public testimony the end result—the bill will...

Some in Congress Want You to Subsidize Their DC Housing

It was only a matter of time I suppose. Some Progressive-Democrats in Congress are floating a bill to make the taxpayers pay for their housing in Washington, DC, even as they receive over $170,000 a year in salary. Keep in mind this excludes what they get to spend on travel and expenses related to their campaigns. In a measure...

The Special Land and Development Fund

In this week’s spotlight is the Special Land and Development Fund or SLDF, which is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).  Into that fund goes all land rents the State receives for land that is either leased or used under a revocable permit (such as those used by airport or harbor-based businesses).  The...

So What Really Is a Resort Fee?

It’s July 2019, and already we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect.  One of these laws concerns “resort fees” that hotels both here and in other states and countries have been charging their guests.  A resort fee is supposed to be a payment for amenities provided to guests of the hotel.  But some...

When the Media Embraces a Talent-Less Know-Nothing Has-Been

People are waking up to the fact that the political opinions of the Hollywood and coastal elites are about as worthless as DeLorean stock. Yet the mainstream media – including FOX News – continues to grant them access to their airwaves and a presence on their webpages. In an age when their Fascist vitriol is increasingly off the rails we all...

Do We Have a Legitimate Government?

Every so often, the news reports on people who deny the legitimacy of the government we have here in Hawaii. “We’re not subject to those laws,” they say, “so we don’t have to follow rules or pay taxes.”  It pains me to read stories of people who lost their homes after being told that they didn’t have to pay back their mortgages because...

The Tax on Ghost Homes

The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie is discussing a new Honolulu property tax proposal with his wife, the consummate researcher. Q.  I thought we had enough problems trying to tax the usage of real property.  Now the City and County wants to tax people who don’t use their real property! A.  Do you mean...

More Proof That Google Is Manipulating Our Elections

Another piece of evidence that Google (along with other social media giants like Facebook) is more of a threat to our election process here in the United States than the Russians could ever be has surfaced courtesy of Project Veritas. This should piss everyone off. Google's Head of Responsible Innovation, Jen Gennai, was caught on video (which Google has...