HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

524

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO FIRE SPRINKLERS.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that few one- and two-family dwellings in the State have fire sprinklers. One reason for this fact is the cost of installation. The legislature also finds that homeowners need incentives to install fire sprinklers in one- and two-family dwellings.

The purpose of this Act is to provide nonrefundable income tax credits to homeowners who install automatic fire sprinklers or automatic fire sprinkler systems in new detached one- or two-family residential dwellings.

SECTION 2. Chapter 235, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"235-   Installation of fire sprinklers in residences; income tax credit. (a) Any qualifying taxpayer who files an individual income tax return for a taxable year may claim an income tax credit under this section against the Hawaii state individual net income tax.

(b) The tax credit may be claimed for every eligible automatic fire sprinkler or automatic fire sprinkler system that the taxpayer installs and places in service during the taxable year in any new detached one- or two-family dwelling unit in a structure used solely for residential purposes.

(c) The amount of the credit shall be equal to       per cent of the actual costs of each automatic fire sprinkler or automatic fire sprinkler system, including installation costs.

(d) Multiple owners of a single automatic fire sprinkler or automatic fire sprinkler system shall be entitled to a single tax credit, and the tax credit shall be apportioned between the owners in proportion to their contribution to the automatic fire sprinkler or automatic fire sprinkler system's cost.

(e) If the tax credit claimed by the taxpayer under this section exceeds the taxpayer's net income liability, the excess of credit over liability may be used as credit against the taxpayer's net income liability in subsequent years until exhausted.

(f) The director of taxation:

(1) Shall prepare any forms necessary to claim a credit under this section;

(2) May require the taxpayer to furnish reasonable information to ascertain the validity of the claim for credit made under this section; and

(3) May adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to effectuate the purposes of this section.

(g) All of the provisions relating to assessments and refunds under this chapter and under section 231-23(c)(1) shall apply to the tax credit under this section.

(h) All claims for the tax credit under this section, including any amended claims, shall be filed on or before the end of the twelfth month following the taxable year for which credit may be claimed. Failure to comply with the foregoing provision shall constitute a waiver of the right to claim the tax credit.

(i) This section shall not apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Fire Sprinklers; Tax Credit

 

Description:

Establishes a non-refundable income tax credit for homeowners who install automatic fire sprinklers or automatic fire sprinkler systems in new detached one- or two-family dwellings in structures used solely for residential purposes. (HB524 HD1)

 

 

 

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