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 legislature finds that traffic congestion is a serious problem that negatively affects the quality of life for residents and visitors in Hawaii. Traffic congestion on the State's roadways continues to increase, forcing people to spend more time sitting in vehicles and less time being productive at work or with families and friends.
The legislature further finds that rental vehicle lessees make up a large proportion of public highway users. Existing law exempts those lessees that have a valid Hawaii driver's license from paying an additional fee of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.
The legislature believes that it is reasonable to repeal the exemptions in order to raise revenue for capital improvements to Hawaii's highways, which will relieve congestion and improve the quality of life for both residents and visitors.
The purpose of this Act is to increase the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax to fund projects to increase highway capacity and relieve traffic congestion.
Specifically, this Act:
(1) Increases the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax for such lessees to $5 for each day, or portion of a day, that a rental motor vehicle is rented; and
(2) Repeals the exemption from paying an additional fee from the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax for operators who possess a valid Hawaii driver's license.
SECTION 2. Section 251-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) There is levied and shall be
assessed and collected each month a rental motor vehicle surcharge tax of [
$5 a day, or any portion of a day that a rental motor vehicle is rented
or leased[ ; provided that lessees without a valid Hawaii driver's license
shall be assessed an additional $2 a day, or any portion of a day that a rental
motor vehicle is rented or leased]. The rental motor vehicle surcharge tax
shall be levied upon the lessor; provided that the tax shall not be levied on
the lessor if:
(1) The lessor is renting the vehicle to replace a vehicle of the lessee that is being repaired; and
(2) A record of the repair order for the vehicle is retained either by the lessor for two years for verification purposes or by a motor vehicle repair dealer for two years as provided in section 437B-16.
In addition to the requirements imposed by section 251-4, a lessor shall disclose, to the department, the portion of the remittance attributed to the county in which the motor vehicle was operated under rental or lease.
Of the remittances collected pursuant to this
$2] $5 per day or portion of a day from each lessee [ without
a valid Hawaii driver's license] shall be deposited into the state treasury
to the credit of the respective county subaccount of the state highway fund,
established pursuant to section 248-9(c), that corresponds to the county in
which the rental motor vehicle was driven under rental or lease."
SECTION 3. Section 251-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§251-5 Remittances. All
remittances of surcharge taxes imposed under this chapter shall be made by
cash, bank draft, cashier's check, money order, or certificate of deposit to
the office of the taxation district to which the return was transmitted. The
department shall deposit the moneys into the state treasury to the credit of
the state highway fund; provided that user fee revenues that are levied,
assessed, and collected pursuant to section 251-2(a) [
from lessees without a
valid Hawaii drivers license] shall be deposited in accordance with section
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.
Rental Motor Vehicle Surcharge Tax; Increase; Repeal Exemption
Increases the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax and repeals the exemption from paying the additional fee of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax for operators who possess a valid Hawaii driver's license. (Proposed SD2)
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