Issues

Piling On!

Last week we mentioned that our Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). This week we will talk about what those bills actually do, and provide bill numbers so those of you who are so...

Fair Taxation?

Among the many tax bills that we follow in the legislative hopper this session, most have generic titles like “Relating to Taxation” which say very little about the bills’ contents. There is one, House Bill 1307, that is titled, “Relating to Fair Taxation.” Ten...

How Progressive Is Our System?

On January 15, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) released a report ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are. A “progressive” tax system is one that asks the wealthier taxpayers to pay more of their income than the poorer...