Q: The number 30 has been in the news a lot these days because of the telescope thats supposed to be getting built on the Big Island. This week, were going to look at the past 30 years of state tax. To help me is our intrepid researcher, the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggies wife.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs held an informational briefing so senators could question the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands over various topics, including on Maunakea Access Road (ACT 14).
A huge step for the owner of any small business who has gone it alone since startup is the decision to take the leap from doing it all him or herself to becoming an employer.
Steven Yamamoto and Keolalani Oka come from coffee. Friends since kindergarten, they both grew up on small family coffee farms in Kona and can trace their heritage back to relatives who migrated from Japan in the late 1800s to work on Konas early coffee plantations.
In the news recently was a stunning announcement by Justin Kollar, who is the Kauai County Prosecutor. State law says that for folks driving without a license or driving without insurance, heavier fines and more jail time apply to repeat offenders. He said that he has decided to prosecute all cases under his watch as first-time offender cases, no matter how many prior convictions the defendant may have or how quickly those priors were accumulated.
Withholding is making someone who isnt 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.
A business is only as good as its people. But according to Hawaii Business 2018 BOSS survey, 78% of business leaders in Hawaii say finding good employees is a challenge.
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In this weeks spotlight is the Special Land and Development Fund, or SLDF, which is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, the 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).
Its July, and already we are starting to see laws passed in the 2019 Legislature take effect.