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

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 2:16 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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