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Hawaii makes another least-tax friendly list

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 07:28 a.m. HST, Oct 31, 2013

Hawaii is the fifth-least tax-friendly state according to Kiplinger, a personal finance and business organization.

Kiplinger has released an interactive, state-by-state tax map, offering online users a quick guide to state tax policies across the U.S.

Hawaii comes in at No. 5 among the states Kiplinger rates as least tax-friendly, behind California, Connecticut, New Jersey and at No. 4, New York.

Hawaii is followed by Rhode Island, Maine, Minnesota, Vermont and Illinois.

Kiplinger's rating shows the most tax-friendly states as No. 1, Delaware, followed by Wyoming, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arizona, Alabama, Nevada, So. Carolina, New Mexico and West Virginia.

"It's important for users to understand not only the differences in taxation by state, but also the tradeoffs associated with those policies. For example, states with lower tax revenues may not spend as much on critical services that residents might benefit from in other states," said Robert Long, managing editor of Kiplinger.com


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frontman wrote:
What a shocker.................. and it will be getting worse................
on October 31,2013 | 07:48AM
AhiPoke wrote:
I'm shocked we're not #1 already. Our legislature can't be happy about not being the worst, they try so hard.
on October 31,2013 | 01:58PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Judging from our basic infrastructures like roads, water lines, and sewer, our tax dollars are not being spent where they should be.
on October 31,2013 | 07:50AM
boshio wrote:
Glad you finally found this out.
on October 31,2013 | 12:45PM
localguy wrote:
Least tax friendly = most acutely dysfunctional, clueless, bureaucracy/union controlled state. No, you are not lucky you live Hawaii. This is what we do, live in the gutter compared to the other states, afraid to change anything because we simply do not know how. Truly thanks to the Nei's failing educational system.
on October 31,2013 | 07:53AM
boshio wrote:
Hawaii continue to be the best of the worst in the nation on all issues. Can anyone tell us why this is so? Since the same sex bill passed the Senate, it is clear that Hawaii will also become the #1 "Entitlement" state in the nation with increased benefit fraud that will cost the people more in taxes and premiums in the future.
on October 31,2013 | 08:48AM
walrus808 wrote:
Just wait until they "suddenly" realize that the 0.5% Honolulu County surcharge won't cover the rail cost, which goes up by the day.
on October 31,2013 | 09:00AM
serious wrote:
walrus, you got it. As I have blogged before, two Republican governors, from NJ and FL turned down government grants for rail since the maintenance upkeep was too high. But on taxes---WE NEED A LOTTERY and a casino in Waikiki for out of staters only--it can be done!!!
on October 31,2013 | 10:49AM
Maipono wrote:
The voters have spoken, we like taxes, spending and all the fraud and abuse that our culture allows. After all only the rich get hit, not us the people, us guys get all the goodies from our corrupt elected officials. Now how come we only have mostly part time jobs, and everything costs so much? We no can afford to live here anymore, oh well......Ainokea!!!!!!
on October 31,2013 | 09:01AM
boshio wrote:
Good one, but most elected officials are not corrupt, but rather live in a dream of a perfect world. Problem is, the world is not perfect. Its time for them to wake up, or get out.
on October 31,2013 | 09:41AM
eoe wrote:
So essentially anywhere anyone wants to live have high taxes, anyone where nobody wants to live has low taxes.
on October 31,2013 | 10:25AM
Morimoto wrote:
Don't worry everyone, the constant sunshine, "Aloha Spirit", beaches, trade winds, and salty air more than make up for any shortcomings Hawaii has. Well that's what we're supposed to believe right?
on October 31,2013 | 10:36AM
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