Hawaii Tax System Places Larger Burden on Low Income Residents

Oct 24, 2018

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Low-income residents in Hawaii are paying a higher share of their income in taxes than higher level earners. That is the conclusion of a recent report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy titled Who Pays?  The Hawaii tax system is considered highly regressive, due to heavy reliance on the General Excise Tax, or GET. This is despite a progressive, graded state income tax and the lowest property taxes in the nation. 

The Conversaton's Ryan Finnerty spoke with Beth Giesting of the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center to take a look at how Hawaii's tax burden is shifted to lower income earners. 

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