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fzably was kind enough to post the Tax Foundation's tax rankings. I feel compelled to defend, explain, and argue with the Hawaii tax ranking. I do this with mixed feelings: I want readers to know the real truth about Hawaii taxes, but, if people believe that taxes are high, then less will move here. Well, we do want you to visit and leave your tax dollars here. How selfish of me!

If you look deeper into the Tax Foundation site, you will find that the Hawaii state income tax rate is less than California's, from where I escaped. Gas taxes, property taxes, and other taxes are less, as well. I don't smoke or drink, so don't pay those taxes. Now, the hotel occupancy taxes are high, thank you Visitors, and that may skew the overall tax rate. I couldn't get that detail from the tax foundation. But, since I live here, I don't pay that tax either.

If you look at the Tax Foundation's ten-year tax increase rankings, you will see that Hawaii ranks 29th, nowhere near the top.

I feel better now! Aloha. NowInMaui
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