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Comparing Hawaii to Other States: Facts and Figures

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The national Tax Foundation has compiled lots of data comparing Hawaii to other states!

Get the full report here!

Here are some highlights from the report.

Tax Freedom Day by State:  Hawaii is April 20 and ranks 38th (out of 50), based on 2018 data.  Tax Freedom Day represents how long into the year Americans work before they have earned enough money to pay all federal, state, and local taxes for the year.

2019 Business Tax Climate Index:  Hawaii ranks 38th (out of 50).  We are weighed down by our individual income tax ranking, which is 47th out of 50.  The states scoring worse than Hawaii for that tax were New York (48), California (49), and New Jersey (50).

State General Sales Tax Collections:  Hawaii ranks #1 with $2,269 per capita based on 2017 data.  GET is being compared to other states’ sales taxes, but our GET is applied to a MUCH broader base than typical sales taxes.

Sales Tax Breadth:  Hawaii ranks #1 with 105% based on 2017 data.  Sales tax breadth is defined as the ratio of the implicit sales tax base to state personal income.  We were the ONLY state to break 100%.

State Gasoline Tax Rates:  Hawaii ranks #4, with total taxes at more than 46 cents per gallon.  Washington state was at 49 cents, and California and Pennsylvania were at 54 and 58 cents respectively.

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