STAND. COM. REP. NO. 361

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 750

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

Your Committee on Economic Development and Taxation, to which was referred S.B. No. 750, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to ensure stricter compliance of transient accommodations tax requirements from vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments by requiring the Department of Taxation to:

 

(1) Review the forms and process for collecting the transient accommodations tax from vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments and report revenues received from them;

 

(2) Work with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the counties to identify owners operating vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments and enforce transient accommodations tax compliance; and

 

(3) Clarify the duties of Hawaii Tourism Authority.

 

Testimony in support of this measure was received from Keep it Kailua!. The Department of Taxation (Department), City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), and Tax Foundation of Hawaii submitted comments. The Windward Ahupuaa Alliance and seventeen individuals submitted testimony in opposition to one component of the bill.

 

Your Committee finds that the number of undocumented vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments continues to expand, despite efforts to determine the scope of the problem and implement practical solutions.

 

Your Committee has heard that identifying these enterprises is very time consuming, since many that advertise on the Internet do not provide addresses or other locating factors. Complaints by neighbors are one means of locating a vacation rental or bed and breakfast establishment, but this is sporadic at best.

 

Your Committee believes that the provisions of this measure begin to address the issue. It is the intent of your Committee to further clarify and strengthen the proposed language.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Adding language to the purpose section to reflect the following changes;

 

(2) Requiring the Department to provide to the counties the location of vacation rentals or bed and breakfast establishments subject to the taxes under chapter 237D, Hawaii Revised Statutes; provided that the Department shall not release any information regarding the taxes collected;

 

(3) Requiring the Department to include any proposed state and county enforcement and compliance initiatives in its report to the Legislature;

 

(4) Appropriating funds to the Department for additional investigation of undocumented vacation rentals and bed and breakfast establishments, in coordination with the counties and the HTA.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Taxation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 750, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 750, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development and Taxation,

 

 

 

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CAROL FUKUNAGA, Chair