Opinion

TAXWatch: Standardless Spending

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. W e are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good and busily preparing for a historic election.  There are, however, other huge projects in the wings where government agencies are setting up to spend record-setting amounts …

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TAXWatch: Veto of the ‘Revolving Door’ Bill

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. O n September 15, Governor Ige released his final list of bills he is vetoing from the 2020 legislative session.  The list included House Bill 2124, which some people have called the “Revolving Door Bill.” Currently, the State Ethics …

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TAXWatch: State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I n 2016, lawmakers came up with a law requiring the State Auditor to review exemptions, exclusions, and credits in the general excise, public service company, and insurance premium taxes.  Under the terms of the law, HRS section 23-71, …

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TAXWatch: So Do We Have Contact Tracers?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. L ast week we discussed contact tracers, the people at the Department of Health who are supposed to follow up with COVID-19 positive patients and trace their contacts in order to either find their sources of infection or at …

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TAXWatch: Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. T he story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent.  This is the city:  Honolulu, Hawaii.  I live here.  I’m a doggie. This is the Case of the Missing …

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TAXWatch: Is Our Share of CARES Act Money Disappearing?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. T wo weeks ago in this space, we wrote about a generous genie known as Uncle Sam who is making available $1.25 billion under section 5001 of the CARES Act.  The catch is that the money can be used …

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TAXWatch: How We’re Going to Spend CARES Act Money

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I magine what would happen if a genie came up to you and said, “Here’s a pot of money for you. All you need to do is spend it by the end of the year. If you don’t, whatever you haven’t …

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TAXWatch: Unemployment Tax in the Nonprofit Sector

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. T wo weeks ago, in this space, we discussed the unemployment tax and insurance system and how employers are likely to be hit with a significant and automatic rate increase at the end of this year. For many nonprofit …

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TAXWatch: Two Tax Bills This Year

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. O ur Legislature has reconvened and has adjourned for the year.  If you blinked and missed it, you probably are not alone.  This year, there was a huge focus on passing only essential items.  As a result, only 86 …

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TAXWatch: Electric Vehicle Sweeteners Running Out?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I f you are one of the lucky people who have managed to buy an electric vehicle and get a special plate for it, you probably know that several benefits came with that special plate, including the ability to …

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