Revenue Raisers Already Sent to the Governor

We’ve previously warned that our legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes – “ARF!  Don’t make fun of...

Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation

Several online travel companies engaged in protracted litigation against the Department of Taxation over whether and to what extent they are liable for Hawaii...

Post Those Tax Returns, Darn It!

One of the more debate-worthy bills at our Legislature (Senate Bill 94) involves requiring candidates for President and Vice President of the United States...

Blank the Amount, Defect the Date

If you’re following bills as they move through our legislature, there are a couple of practices that we need you to know about. Often,...

Can’t You Spare Half a Penny for Education?

“Friends!  Romans!  Countrymen!  We desperately need to lift our public schools and our namesake university into the 21st Century.  Senate Bill 1474 will do...

Beware of Tax Software?

Well, we’re in the thick of tax season!  It’s that time of year when individuals, gritting and gnashing their teeth, scour through their financial...

Individual Development Accounts, Version 2.0

Individual Development Accounts, a program that seems to be gaining traction at our Legislature, is a way to help lower-income people build self-sufficiency. Under conventional...

Squirreling Away Money At The Dept. of Transportation

Well, it looks like the Hawaii State Watch Doggie has woken up from his nap. A:  Hey!  Keeping watch is hard work! Q:  Undoubtedly.  So what...

Creativity Abounds at our Legislature, Pt. 2

This week, we are continuing our coverage of creative tax-related bills at our legislature.  The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie is taking a nap...

Creativity Abounds At Our Legislature

This year, our legislature once again is poised to consider revenue raising – namely, taxes in new and creative ways.  For a different perspective...