Poor Families in Hawaii Are Hit Harder by the Income Tax Than Those in Other States
Hawaiis 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
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For two-parent families of four: $11,000.
For single-parent families of three: $9,200.
Hawaiis 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $382.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $262.
For families of three with minimum-wage earnings ($10,920): $102.
For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $711.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $531.
Hawaii has consistently taxed families with incomes below the poverty line.
As a result of changes enacted in 1998, Hawaiis income tax threshold increased substantially in 1999, but Hawaii continues to levy income tax on poor families.