THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2822

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FILING.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that although electronic filing of tax returns increases the efficiency of tax administration, requiring electronic filing of tax returns is only appropriate in limited circumstances and only for certain taxpayers. This Act authorizes the department of taxation to require certain taxpayers to file tax returns electronically if the department of taxation has provided an electronic filing option. This Act also authorizes the department of taxation to impose a penalty for failure to file electronically and to waive the penalty if the failure is for reasonable cause. This Act does not authorize the department of taxation to require individual taxpayers to electronically file income tax returns.

SECTION 2. Section 231-8.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]231-8.5[]] Electronic filing of tax returns. (a) The department may allow filing by electronic, telephonic, or optical means of any tax return, application, report, or other document required under the provisions of title 14 administered by the department.

(b) If the requirements of subsection (c) are satisfied, the department may require the electronic filing of any tax return, application, report, or other document required for:

(1) Withholding taxes under chapter 235, but only from employers whose total tax liability under sections 235-61 and 235-62 for the calendar or fiscal year exceeds $40,000;

(2) Income taxes under chapter 235, but only from taxpayers who are subject to tax under section 235-71, 235-71.5, or 235-72;

(3) General excise taxes under chapter 237, but only from taxpayers whose total tax liability under chapter 237 for the calendar or fiscal year exceeds $4,000;

(4) Transient accommodations taxes under chapter 237D, but only from operators and plan managers whose total tax liability under chapter 237D for the calendar or fiscal year exceeds $4,000; and

(5) Any tax required under any of the following chapters, from all taxpayers subject to tax under any of those chapters:

(A) 236E;

(B) 239;

(C) 241;

(D) 243;

(E) 244D;

(F) 245; and

(G) 251.

(c) As a prerequisite to requiring electronic filing under subsection (b), the department shall provide:

(1) An electronic filing option to the taxpayer; and

(2) No less than ninety days prior written notice to the general public of the department's intention to require electronic filing.

(d) The date of filing shall be the date the tax return, application, report, or other document is transmitted to the department in a form and manner prescribed by departmental rules adopted pursuant to chapter 91. The department may determine alternative methods for the signing, subscribing, or verifying of a tax return, application, report, or other document that shall have the same validity and consequences as the actual signing by the taxpayer. A filing under this section shall be treated in the same manner as a filing subject to the penalties under section 231-39.

(e) A person who is required by the department under subsection (b) to electronically file any tax return and who fails to file using an approved method shall be liable for a penalty of two per cent of the amount of the tax required to be shown on the return, unless it is shown that the failure to file was due to reasonable cause and not to neglect."

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

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.



 

Report Title:

Electronic Filing of Tax Returns

 

Description:

Authorizes the Department of Taxation to require certain taxpayers to file returns electronically, subject to exceptions for reasonable cause. (SD1)

 

 

 

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