STAND. COM. REP. NO. 924-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018


RE: H.B. No. 2703

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2703, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to provide some relief to low-income residents by amending certain tax provisions.


Specifically, this measure:


(1) Allocates a portion of conveyance tax revenues to the rental assistance revolving fund to be used by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to subsidize rents for persons who meet certain income requirements;


(2) Increases the income tax credit for low-income household renters; and


(3) Converts the state earned income tax credit into a refundable tax credit and changes the amount of the credit to an unspecified percentage of the federal earned income tax credit.


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, IMUAlliance, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and a concerned individual supported this measure. The Hawaii Association of REALTORS opposed this measure. The Department of Taxation, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii provided comments.


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 H.B. No. 2703, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.



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