THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1533

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to taxation.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"CHAPTER

TAX ADVISORY COMMISSION

   -1 Establishment of the commission. (a) There shall be a tax advisory commission, hereinafter called the commission. The commission shall consist of nine members who shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate and shall be placed in the department of taxation for administrative purposes. The purpose of the commission shall be to bring the benefit of private sector expertise to the public sector to make the tax system more user-friendly for the tax payer and private sector.

(b) The commission shall consist of the following members:

(1) Two representatives from the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants;

(2) One representative from the council on revenues;

(3) Two representatives from the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce;

(4) Two at-large members;

(5) One at-large member nominated by the president of the senate; and

(6) One at-large member nominated by the speaker of the house of representatives.

The at-large members nominated by the president of the senate and speaker of the house of representatives shall be appointed by the governor from a list of three nominees submitted for each position by the nominating authority specified in this subsection.

In the event of a vacancy, a member shall be appointed to fill the vacancy in the same manner as the original appointment within thirty days of the vacancy or within ten days of the senate's rejection of a previous appointment, as applicable.

The terms of the members shall be for four years, commencing July 1 and expiring on June 30. The governor shall provide for staggered terms of the initially appointed members.

(c) The commission shall elect its chairperson from one of its members. The members shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

   -2 Duties. (a) The commission's duties and responsibilities shall include but not be limited to the following:

(1) Review and make improvements and recommendations to the department of taxation;

(2) Discuss policies and procedures of the department of taxation, including policies and procedures that are effective, insufficient, or in need of improvement;

(3) Evaluate ways the department of taxation could utilize limited resources more effectively and efficiently;

(4) Evaluate the tax computer system and tax forms;

(5) Improve compliance; and

(6) Make legislation and policy recommendations.

(b) The commission shall meet quarterly with the director of taxation and other relevant departmental staff; provided that the commission may meet with the director of taxation and other relevant departmental staff more frequently if there is a major problem or issue that arises.

(c) The commission shall submit an annual report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session."

SECTION 2. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Tax Advisory Commission; Established; Department of Taxation

 

Description:

Establishes the tax advisory commission to advise the department of taxation in making the tax system more user-friendly for the tax payer and private sector.

 

 

 

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