Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1551

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 2




Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1551, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to foster improvement in the State's economy by providing support for research and development activities that lead to new job opportunities.


     More specifically, the measure:


     (1)  Requires a qualified high technology business that claims the tax credit for research activities to file annual survey information with the Department of Taxation;


     (2)  Requires the Department of Taxation to submit an annual report to the Legislature on the information collected by the survey and the effectiveness of the tax credit; and


     (3)  Extends the existing tax credit for research activities for an additional five years.


     Written comments on this measure were submitted by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that this measure supports Hawaii companies engaged in the research and development industry.  Your Committee believes that the incentives provided by this measure will continue to foster job growth in the State and encourage further development of Hawaii's high technology industries.  Your Committee further finds that the reporting requirements established by the measure will be useful in gauging the effectiveness of the tax credit for research activities.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that more than fifty per cent of the qualified research of a qualified high technology business must be performed in the State;


     (2)  Clarifying the information to be included in the annual survey;


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and


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


     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. 1551, 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. 1551, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.


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