Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 333

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 2




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 333, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Establish a refundable earned income tax credit equal to an unspecified percentage of the federal earned income tax credit for certain Hawaii residents;


     (2)  Limit the interest that may be charged by a tax preparer for providing tax preparation services to clients who receive the state earned income tax credit;


     (3)  Appropriate an unspecified amount from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds to fund the earned income tax credit; and


     (4)  Appropriate an unspecified amount from general revenues to fund public service announcements to alert eligible taxpayers about the earned income tax credit.


Your Committee finds that an earned income tax credit will provide relief to low and middle income families.  In addition, your Committee believes that imposing limits on the amount of interest that may be charged to prepare tax returns for taxpayers that receive the credit will protect these persons from excessive charges and ensure that they receive the maximum benefit from the state tax credit.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Appropriating funds from the federal funds allocated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or other federal stimulus acts, instead of from general revenues, to fund public service announcements related to the earned income tax credit;


     (2)  Changing the amount of the appropriations to $1; and


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2090, to facilitate further discussion; and


     (4)  Repealing this measure on July 1, 2011.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 333, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 333, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,