STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1531


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 676

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 676, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to amend the capital infrastructure income tax credit by, among other things:


     (1)  Requiring a qualified infrastructure tenant to expend at least $40,000,000 to be eligible for the tax credit;


     (2)  Authorizing the carryover of credits in excess of the maximum to subsequent taxable years;


     (3)  Specifying that the claimed tax credit amounts shall be recaptured if a qualified infrastructure tenant fails to relocate under certain circumstances; and


     (4)  Requiring taxpayers claiming the tax credit to submit information to the Legislature.


     For the purposes of a public hearing on this bill, your Committee circulated a proposed draft of S.B. No. 676, S.D. 2, H.D. 1 (Proposed Draft), and notified the public that it would be accepting testimony on the Proposed Draft.  The Proposed Draft, among other things:


     (1)  Includes expenditures for structures, machinery, equipment, or capital assets made in connection with a tenant's move to a new location within Honolulu Harbor in claimable capital expenditure costs and excludes any amounts received in any form from the State;


     (2)  Inserts an unspecified amount for the maximum claimable amount of tax credits per qualified infrastructure tenant; and


     (3)  Removes the requirement that a qualified infrastructure tenant expend at least $40,000,000 to be eligible for the credit.


     Robert's Hawaii, Inc.; Pacific Marine; Pacific Shipyards International; HSI Mechanical, Inc.; Navatek, Ltd.; and numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Taxation; Department of Transportation; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; and Chamber of Commerce Hawaii provided comments.


Your Committee, upon careful consideration of the merits of both S.B. No. 676 S.D. 2, as received by your Committee, and the Proposed Draft, has adopted the Proposed Draft and further amended it by:


     (1)  Amending the definition of "qualified infrastructure tenant" for purposes of eligibility to claim the credit to include special purpose entities formed for the purpose of raising investor capital;


     (2)  Further clarifying that no tax credit shall be generated after December 31, 2019, notwithstanding the carryover of previously-generated credits; and


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

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 676, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 676, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,