S.B. NO.



















     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that requiring quarterly returns of withheld income tax is more efficient than monthly reporting.  The legislature finds that the department can adequately reconcile withholding tax payments with quarterly filing.  This measure will change the reporting frequency from monthly reporting to quarterly reporting for all employers.  This measure does not change the withholding tax payment frequency.

     SECTION 2.  Section 235-62, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

     "§235-62  Return and payment of withheld taxes.  (a)  Every employer required by this chapter to withhold taxes on wages paid in any [month] quarter of the calendar year shall make a return of such wages to the department of taxation on or before the fifteenth day of the calendar month following the [month] close of each such quarter for which the taxes have been withheld[, except as provided in subsection (c)].

     (b)  The return shall be in such form, including computer printouts or other electronic formats, and contain such information as may be prescribed by the director of taxation.  The return shall be filed with the director at the first taxation district in Honolulu.

     (c)  Every return required under this section shall be accompanied by a remission of the complete amount of tax withheld, as reported in the return; provided that each employer whose liability for taxes withheld exceeds $40,000 annually shall remit the complete amount of tax withheld on a semi-weekly schedule.  Notwithstanding the tax liability threshold in this subsection, the director of taxation is authorized to require any employer who is required to remit any withheld taxes to the federal government on a semi-weekly schedule, to remit the complete amount of tax withheld to the department on a semi-weekly schedule.  The director of taxation may grant an exemption to the requirement to remit the complete amount of tax withheld on a semi-weekly schedule for good cause.

     (d)  If the director believes collection of the tax may be in jeopardy, the director may require any person required to make a return under this section to make such return and pay such tax at any time.

     (e)  [The director may grant permission to employers, whose liability to pay over the taxes withheld as provided in this section shall not exceed $5,000 a year, to make returns and payments of the taxes due on a quarterly basis during the calendar year, the returns and payments to be made on or before the fifteenth day of the calendar month after the close of each quarter, to wit, on or before April 15, July 15, October 15, and January 15.  The director may grant permission to employers to make monthly payments based on an estimated quarterly liability; provided that the employer files a reconciliation return on or before the fifteenth day of the calendar month after the close of each quarter during the calendar year as provided by this section.]  The director, for good cause, may extend the time for making returns and payments, but not beyond the fifteenth day of the second month following the regular due date of the return. With respect to wages paid out of public moneys, the director, in the director's discretion, may prescribe special forms for, and different procedures and times for the filing of, the returns by employers paying the wages, or may waive the filing of any returns upon the conditions and subject to rules the director may prescribe.

     (f)  For purposes of this section, "semi-weekly schedule" means:

     (1)  On or before the following Wednesday if wages were paid on the immediately preceding Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday; or

     (2)  On or before the following Friday if wages were paid on the immediately preceding Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday.

In addition to the allowances provided under section 231-21, each employer shall have at least three banking days following the close of the semi-weekly period by which to remit the taxes withheld as provided for in section 6302 of the Internal Revenue Code."

     SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act, upon its approval, shall take effect on January 1, 2018.










Report Title:

Withholding Tax Returns



Changes the frequency of filing returns of taxes withheld on wages paid from monthly to quarterly for all employers.




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