STAND. COM. REP. NO. 834
RE: S.B. No. 1362
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1362 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to raise the conveyance tax rates for residential investment properties having a value of at least $2,000,000.
This measure also exempts the conveyance of real property that is subject to a government assistance program qualified by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation from the conveyance tax.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Americans for Democratic Action Hawaii, Church of the Crossroads, Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, League of Women Voters of Hawaii, Hawaiian Community Assets, and several individuals.
Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Hawaii Association of Realtors.
Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and Faith Action for Community Equity.
Your Committee finds taxing the transfers of very high value property at much higher levels will serve to lessen the growing inequality in income and wealth between a small but wealthy segment of the population and the much larger but poorer segment of the population.
Your Committee has amended this measure to clarify the exemption for the conveyance of real property that is subject to a government assistance program by:
(1) Specifying that the real property shall be conveyed by an owner-occupant, the government assistance program shall be for affordable housing, and the owner-occupant shall receive certification from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation in order to qualify for the exemption; and
(2) Removing non-restrictive language relating to the purpose of the exemption.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1362, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1362, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair