House begins fact finding mission in Hawaii

Members of the House of Representatives are on a fact finding mission to the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation, to learn how the successful Hawaii tax system is structured and how the Territory can best amp up their revenue collections efforts.

This is in light of the administration’s revenue package which includes a controversial 7% sales tax.

Leading the delegation are the House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Lavea Legae’e Mauga and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi.

They are joined by House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale, Rep Sam Meleisea, who is also a member of the ASEDA board, and Rep Vesi Fautaunu Jr.

House Staff attorney Nathaniel Savali is also on the delegation.

The group held a meeting yesterday with the Hawaii Tax Department and will continue discussions with the tax agency today , and also meet with the Hawaii Department of Transportation.

Its expected that other House representatives and Senators who were in Hawaii or the mainland will be joining today;/s meetings.

The chairman of the House Budget and Appropriations Committee Fagatogo faipule Vailiuama Steve Leasiolagi said last week they

will look at the most effective tax management software that the 50th state is using.

They will also be looking at the state’s  sales tax system.


9 Comments

  1. Sasaumani

    Ua ma’imau kupe, ma’imau le kaimi ia oukou ma le kou valea. O loga uiga, mai le kele o kausaga o kou gogofo mai i kulaga o le malo, e le iloa e oukou faikau le fa’akupeiga o lofoga? Oi sole, a o fea le mau faukua a le ofisa o le tax? O le ga fo’i ga o’o aku se iole, sa fa’ase’e ia oukou e fai loa gi tax e kasi’i ai le kou la’u, a o le ga lava e kou ke pogisa? Ia, fa’alogo lelei mai kou kaliga. E fa’amakiva iga e le Akua fai’ai o kagaka e agaga i le pule e ka’ika’iga ai i le fia pule, ae le agaga i le pule e ka’ika’iga i le alofa. Meleisea, o le ga ua aliali mai mailaila o lou pa’u.

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  2. phonephanatic

    wouldn’t it be better to look at another state or territory that has the same demographics as us….We can’t compare to Hawaii

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    1. DISGUSTED

      AGREED HOW CAN WE BE COMPARED TO THESTATE OF HAWAII. SE FAI MAI O LAE E TOU TE O E FA’A’ALU MATOU TUPE I LO OUTOU TAFAOGA. AMUIA OUTOU TIETIE I LO MATOU AFU OR OUR HARD EARN MONEY. IA FAATASI LE ATUA MA OUTOU.

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  3. SE SASA

    Enjoy your vacation! Malo lava i tatou ta’ita’i le faamalosi, koekiki a misi le tee-off o le tournament. What happened to the tax office administration, are they not worthy enough to do his/her job. What makes them more qualified than the tax office individuals appointed to his/her research.

    Fai a oukou! Tou te toe inu lava i tou mea pi’opi’o o fai; faapea tou te manuia ai, ae tou te le iloa, e tua lava i mala tou faiga!

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  4. Manu'a

    Fact finding in Hawaii. What a waste of time. Hawaii is the worst state to do such thing. Look at how much money they are generating and still in the big red hole. The state is in financial crisis. Look at some of Alaskas small town that has a sales tax of 2.5% that generates funds to fund part of their city.

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  5. Adolixious

    What a waste of time and the taxpayers money bring back Melvin Joseph he has the knowledge he’s n IRS retiree for 40 +years he always care for the Samoan people whether you are poor or rich he always do what is right and about tax refunds the first batch out in January 2nd week. The. Now Treasurer Ueli doesn’t like him the reason he didn’t renew his contract.

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