STAND. COM. REP. NO.  684-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2231

      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 Health & Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 2231 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to provide persons with disabilities the means to travel independently by establishing a refundable income tax credit for the purchase or modification of a vehicle for use by a person with a disability.


     The Disability and Communication Access Board and a concerned individual testified in support of this measure.  A concerned individual testified in opposition to this measure.  The Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii provided comments.


     Your Committee notes the concerns raised regarding the possibility that the tax credit in this measure could be claimed more than once because the original purchaser of the vehicle could claim the tax credit and, if the vehicle is sold, the party to whom the vehicle is sold could also claim the tax credit.  Nevertheless, your Committee finds that this measure deserves further consideration.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying the operation of the tax credit to avoid confusion;


     (2)  Changing the tax credit from a refundable tax credit to a non-refundable tax credit;


     (3)  Changing the calculation of the tax credit from a fixed amount to a percentage of the taxpayer's expenses in purchasing or modifying a vehicle for use by a person with a disability, subject to a cap amount;


     (4)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 3000, to facilitate further discussion; and


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


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health & Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2231, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2231, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health & Human Services,