STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1156-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 2660

      S.D. 3

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 2660, S.D. 3, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to increase the participation of Hawaii taxpayers in the State's college savings program by providing a state income tax deduction for contributions made to the program.


     The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association testified in support of this bill.  The Department of Taxation, Department of Budget and Finance, and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools supported the intent of this measure.  The Tax Foundation of Hawaii and Upromise Investments, Inc., offered comments.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by:


     (1)  Increasing the maximum amount of the income tax deduction as follows:


          (A)  From $5,000 to $10,000 for individual taxpayers;


          (B)  From $5,000 to $10,000 for married couples filing separate returns; provided that each spouse may claim a deduction of up to $10,000; and


          (C)  From $10,000 to $20,000 for married couples filing joint returns, individuals filing as the head of the household, or individuals filing as surviving spouses;


     (2)  Clarifying that the aggregate deduction amount for each taxpayer cannot exceed $75,000 for each college savings account;


     (3)  Providing that amounts withdrawn from a college savings account and not used for a qualified tuition program will be added to the taxpayer's taxable income for that year, with certain exceptions; and


     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2660, S.D. 3, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2660, S.D. 3, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,