TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2011
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO TAXATION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 237-9.3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a), (b), and (c) to read as follows:
"(a) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a person shall not be entitled to any general excise tax benefit under this chapter unless the person claiming the general excise tax benefit:
(1) Obtains a license to engage in and conduct
business as required under section 237-9; [
(2) Files the annual general excise tax
reconciliation tax return as provided under this chapter or chapter 231 not
later than twelve months from the due date prescribed for the return[
(3) Owes taxes in an amount less than fifty per cent of total general excise tax liability owed for the taxable year.
(b) The director may require any taxpayer to furnish information to determine the validity of any general excise tax benefit and may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section.
(c) The director may waive the denial of the general excise tax benefit under subsection (a) if the failure to comply is due to reasonable cause and not to the wilful neglect of the taxpayer. For purposes of this subsection, "reasonable cause" means situations where:
(1) The provisions of the United States Constitution or laws of the United States prohibit the department from imposing the tax;
(2) The person is not "engaging" in "business" within the meaning of section 237-2;
(3) The amounts involved are not "gross income" or "gross proceeds of sale" as defined in section 237-3(b);
(4) The person is a public service company and the gross income or gross proceeds are included in the measure of the tax imposed by chapter 239;
(5) Amounts are received by persons exempt under section 237-23(a)(3) to (6); provided that the person is exempt from filing federal Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, or Form 990-EZ, Short Form-Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax;
(6) Amounts received are exempt under section 237-24(1) to (7), with respect to certain insurance proceeds, gifts, bequests, compensatory tort damages, salaries or wages, and alimony;
(7) Amounts received are exempt under section 237-24.8(a), with respect to certain amounts not taxable for financial institutions;
(8) Amounts received are exempt under section 237-29.7, with respect to certain amounts not taxable for insurance companies; and
(9) Credit unions chartered under chapter 412, and exempt from tax as provided in section 412:10-122."
SECTION 2. Section 237-41.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (a), (b), and (c) to read as follows:
"(a) There shall be personal liability for the taxes imposed under this chapter as provided in this section for the following amounts of gross income or gross proceeds:
(1) Any amount collected as a recovery of the
taxpayer's liability under this chapter, where the amount is passed on as the
tax owed by the taxpayer under this chapter for the transaction and is
separately stated or accounted for in a receipt, contract, invoice, billing, or
other evidence of the business activity; [
(2) An amount equal to the tax liability under this
chapter on a transaction where a taxpayer does not separately state or account
for the amount as a tax recovery as provided in paragraph (1). For
purposes of this paragraph, the amount of the imputed tax liability is the
result of multiplying the gross income or gross proceeds received in the
transaction by the tax rate[
(3) Any amount of gross excise tax liability not paid.
amounts under paragraphs (1) [
and], (2), and (3) shall be
held in trust for the benefit of the State and for payment to the State in the
manner and at the time required by this chapter.
The personal liability under this section applies to any officer, member,
manager, or other person having control or supervision over amounts of gross
proceeds or gross income collected to pay the general excise tax and held in
trust under subsection (a), or who is charged with the responsibility for the
filing of returns or the payment of general excise tax on gross income or gross
proceeds collected and held in trust under subsection (a). The person
shall be personally liable for any unpaid taxes [
and interest and penalties
on those taxes,] if [ such] the officer or other person
wilfully fails to pay or to cause to be paid any taxes due from the taxpayer
pursuant to this chapter.
For purposes of this subsection, "wilfully fails to pay or to cause to be paid" shall be construed in accordance with judicial interpretations given to similar provisions of the Internal Revenue Code; consistent therewith, the term "wilfully" shall mean a voluntary, intentional violation of a known legal duty.
An officer, member, manager, or other responsible person shall be liable only
for general excise taxes on gross income or gross proceeds collected[
interest and penalties on those taxes,] that became due during the period
the person had control, supervision, responsibility, or a duty to act for the
taxpayer as described in subsection (b) of this section."
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before its effective date.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2030, and shall apply to gross income or gross proceeds received by applicable taxpayers on or after its effective date.
General Excise Tax; Exemption Requirement; Trust Fund Liability
Includes an additional requirement for a taxpayer to qualify for general excise tax (GET) benefits, to provide that the taxpayer claiming a GET benefit must owe less than fifty per cent of the taxpayer's total GET liability. Defines "reasonable cause" with respect to the Director of Taxation's authority to waive denial of the GET benefit if failure to comply is due to reasonable cause and not to the wilful neglect of the taxpayer. Specifies that there shall be personal liability for general excise taxes imposed for gross income or gross proceeds for gross excise tax liability not paid. Deletes provisions under section 237-41.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that make a person personally liable for interest and penalties on general excise taxes. Effective July 1, 2030. (SB778 HD1)
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