THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

1302

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to tax haven abuse.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that corporations use complicated schemes to shift domestic earnings to subsidiaries incorporated in offshore tax havens, countries with minimal or no taxes, in order to reduce their state and federal income tax liability by billions of dollars in certain cases. A January 2019 report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the United States Public Interest Research Group estimated that the State is losing $38,000,000 annually by not updating tax laws to mandate worldwide combined reporting of corporate income. Worldwide combined reporting is considered the gold standard for closing tax loopholes and the report found it would raise nearly three times more revenue than other options to address revenue currently lost to tax avoidance.

The purpose of this Act is to change the manner in which corporate tax is determined in the State to a more fair and effective form of calculating corporate tax liability by:

(1) Requiring corporations to include the income of all foreign subsidiaries to the State, as already required by the Internal Revenue Service; and

(2) Applying the State's apportionment formula to determine the share of reported profits subject to the appropriate tax.

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

"235-    Corporation income reporting for all foreign subsidiaries. (a) Every corporation subject to the tax imposed under this chapter shall report all income from foreign subsidiaries by filing a copy of federal Internal Revenue form 5471 with the department of taxation at the same time as such forms must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

(b) All income from a corporation's subsidiaries shall be apportioned as business income pursuant to section 235-29."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2022.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Taxation; Corporations; Combined Reporting

 

Description:

Requires corporations to include the income of all foreign subsidiaries to the State. Applies the State's apportionment formula to determine the share of reported profits subject to the appropriate tax. Effective 1/1/2022.

 

 

 

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