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One-third of swap meet vendors did not pay taxes, audit says

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:16 p.m. HST, Mar 15, 2012

The Hawaii state auditor says Aloha Stadium's managers have failed to consistently enforce rules for swap meet vendors, allowing some of them to operate illegally.

The auditor said in a report today almost one-third of the top 450 vendors avoided filing general excise tax returns in recent years.

The auditor says none of the vendors displayed a general excise tax license as required by law when auditors visited their stalls in 2009.

The stadium is managed by a state agency, the Stadium Authority. It contracts out swap meet management to a company called Centerplate.

The auditor says the stadium manager ignored his responsibilities to ensure Centerplate is managing swap meet operations effectively.

The swap meet accounts for more than two-thirds of the Stadium Authority's revenues.

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57nawahine wrote:
Really! Why is not so surprising?
on March 15,2012 | 01:24PM
Fredfredburger wrote:
What happened to the SES division that the State formed? They're the ones that supposed to be enforcing the laws at the swap meet.
on March 15,2012 | 01:56PM
Willieboy wrote:
hmmm.....do i smell kickbacks to the stadium manager?
on March 15,2012 | 02:27PM
sjean wrote:
Not paying taxes on pirated and counterfeit goods? SHOCKING! (This is no way an indictment of the vendors who do follow the law)
on March 15,2012 | 02:31PM
cojef wrote:
Every one has a gimmick going in Hawaii, that's what swat/flea markewts are all about. Goods are pirated, counterfeits, and/or stolen merchandise at knock off prices. Policing is for the birds, if you value your back-side. The crowd will beat you up, unless you bring or have police presence about.
on March 15,2012 | 02:51PM
SmedleyFerndock wrote:
This is Standard operating procedures for state bureaucrats: Hire a contractor to perform a function, if the function is not performing to standards, fire the contractor and hire another. The new contractor is likely the same contractor under a different corporate name. No one is responsible, no one is accountable. The Leg will just come up with a new fee or tax to make up the shortfall in revenue. It appears that fees and taxes are voluntary, pay if you like or not.
on March 15,2012 | 02:51PM
Oahuan wrote:
Hahaha this is so hilarious. An incompetent State agency? Nooooooooooooooo.
on March 15,2012 | 03:28PM
loquaciousone wrote:
And they want to run a bank.
on March 15,2012 | 03:33PM
kinkyhobo wrote:
The current law excludes those selling used personal items (much like having a garage sale) from filing or paying general excise taxes on the proceeds garnered from such activity. Were people engaged in such activity counted in the total number of vendors?
on March 15,2012 | 04:05PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Please refer to my earlier posts about Stadium management abusing taxpayer dollars. Management regularly leaves early on some Fridays while on the tax payer dime to play golf at the Ala Wai. Marion Higa really needs to cross reference tee times to payroll records for what they have been doing for over 4 years! There is also a huge issue with Centerplate. They were required by contract to make over $800k in stadium improvements. Replacing the catsup, mustard and relish containers is NOT a stadium improvement.....
on March 15,2012 | 04:06PM
CriticalReader wrote:
"The auditor says none of the vendors displayed a general excise tax license as required by law when auditors visited their stalls in 2009." Was anything done back in 2009 when this was discovered? Or, did the auditors wait to make a big splash and wait to reveal this until today? If this stuff was going on in 2009, I certainly hope something was done immediately upon discovery..
on March 15,2012 | 04:07PM
LanaUlulani wrote:
In other words the DemocRAT politrickans in Hawai'i want more of the vendors' money in the form of taxes. They are going after the small vendors who sell their items at the swap meet. The billions of dollars they already steal from local people is not enough. They want MORE.
on March 15,2012 | 05:05PM
HD36 wrote:
Soon, they'll have taxes on fees, taxes on taxes, and fees on fees. Just look at your cell phone bill, it's a joke how much they steal from millions every month and no one disputes their authority to tax anything the government wants.
on March 15,2012 | 11:37PM
keys4me wrote:
Do they even collect the tax. ? I think when they say, " 2 fo 10 dalla," you give them 10 dalla and no tax. so what.
on March 15,2012 | 06:35PM
localguy wrote:
Want to fix this problem in a heart beat? Simply fine swap meet management company, Centerplate, for all the estimated taxes. Hold them accountable and watch how fast the money rolls in. Next case.
on March 15,2012 | 07:37PM
niimi wrote:
I think the biggest problem is not at the Flea Market, but at all those restaurants around town that post signs that say, " CASH ONLY!"
on March 15,2012 | 08:48PM
fishguy wrote:
LOL...can't believe this is news. I'm surprised 2/3 actually paid taxes.
on March 15,2012 | 09:15PM
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