THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

642

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO TAXATION.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 46, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"46‑   County surcharge on transient accommodations tax. (a) Upon establishment of a registration process to verify compliance by a transient accommodation operator or plan manager with each applicable county land use ordinance, each county may establish a surcharge on transient accommodations tax at the rate enumerated in section 237D-  . A county electing to establish this surcharge shall do so by ordinance; provided that:

(1) No ordinance shall be adopted until the county has conducted a public hearing on the proposed ordinance;

(2) The ordinance shall be adopted on or before December 31, 2022; and

(3) No county surcharge on transient accommodations tax that may be authorized under this subsection shall be levied prior to January 1, 2024, or after December 31, 2036.

Notice of the public hearing required under paragraph (1) shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county at least twice within a period of thirty days immediately preceding the date of the hearing.

(b) A county electing to exercise the authority granted under this section shall notify the director of taxation within ten days after the county has adopted a surcharge on transient accommodations tax ordinance and, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2024, the director of taxation shall levy, assess, collect, and otherwise administer the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax.

(c) This surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall not affect the amounts remitted to a county under section 237D‑6.5."

SECTION 2. Chapter 237D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"237D‑   County surcharge on transient accommodations tax; administration. (a) The county surcharge on transient accommodations tax, upon the adoption of county ordinances and in accordance with the requirements of section 46-  , shall be levied, assessed, and collected as provided in this section on all gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value taxable under this chapter. No county shall set the surcharge on transient accommodations tax at a rate greater than       per cent of all gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value taxable under this chapter. All provisions of this chapter shall apply to the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax. With respect to the surcharge, the director shall have all the rights and powers provided under this chapter.

(b) Each county surcharge on transient accommodations tax that may be adopted pursuant to section 46-   shall be levied beginning in the taxable year after the adoption of the relevant county ordinance; provided that no surcharge on transient accommodations tax may be levied prior to January 1, 2024.

(c) The county surcharge on transient accommodations tax, if adopted, shall be imposed on the gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value of all written contracts that require the passing on of the taxes imposed under this chapter; provided that if the gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value are received as payments beginning in the taxable year in which the taxes become effective, on contracts that were entered into before June 30 of the year prior to the taxable year in which the taxes become effective and the written contracts do not provide for the passing on of increased rates of taxes, the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall not be imposed on the gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value covered under the written contracts. The county surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall be imposed on the gross rental, gross rental proceeds, and fair market rental value from all contracts entered into on or after June 30 of the year prior to the taxable year in which the taxes become effective, regardless of whether the contract allows for the passing on of any tax or any tax increases.

(d) No county surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall be established on any form of accommodation exempt from the taxes imposed by this chapter pursuant to section 237D-3.

(e) The director of taxation shall revise the transient accommodations tax forms to provide for the clear and separate designation of the imposition and payment of the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax.

(f) The county surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall be assigned to the taxation district in which the transient accommodation or resort time share vacation unit is located. The taxpayer shall file a schedule with the taxpayer's periodic and annual transient accommodations tax returns summarizing the amount of taxes assigned to each taxation district.

(g) The penalties provided by section 231-39 for failure to file a tax return shall be imposed on the amount of surcharge due on the return being filed for the failure to file the schedule required to accompany the return. In addition, there shall be added to the tax an amount equal to ten per cent of the amount of the surcharge and tax due on the return being filed for the failure to file the schedule or the failure to correctly report the assignment of the transient accommodations tax by taxation district on the schedule required under subsection (f).

(h) All taxpayers who file on a fiscal year basis whose fiscal year ends after December 31 of the year prior to the taxable year in which the taxes become effective shall file a short period annual return for the period preceding January 1 of the taxable year in which the taxes become effective. Each fiscal year taxpayer shall also file a short period annual return for the period starting on January 1 of the taxable year in which the taxes become effective and ending before January 1 of the following year."

SECTION 3. Chapter 248, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"248‑   County surcharge on transient accommodations tax; disposition of proceeds. (a) If adopted by county ordinance, all county surcharges on transient accommodations tax collected by the director of taxation shall be paid into the state treasury quarterly, within ten working days after collection, and shall be placed by the director of finance in special accounts. Out of the revenues generated by county surcharges on transient accommodations tax paid into each respective state treasury special account, the director of finance shall deduct       per cent of the gross proceeds of a respective county's surcharge on transient accommodations tax to reimburse the State for the costs of assessment, collection, disposition, and oversight of the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax incurred by the State. Amounts retained shall be general fund realizations of the State.

(b) The amounts deducted for costs of assessment, collection, and disposition of the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax shall be withheld from payment to the counties by the State out of the county surcharges on transient accommodations tax collected for the current calendar year.

(c) For the purpose of this section, the costs of assessment, collection, disposition, and oversight of the county surcharges on transient accommodations tax shall include any and all costs, direct or indirect, that are deemed necessary and proper to effectively administer this section and section 237D‑  .

(d) After the deduction and withholding of the costs under subsections (a) and (b), the director of finance shall pay the remaining balance on a quarterly basis to the director of finance of each county that has adopted a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax under section 46-  . The payments shall be made after the county surcharges on transient accommodations tax have been paid into the state treasury special accounts. All county surcharges on transient accommodations tax collected shall be distributed by the director of finance to the county in which the county surcharge on transient accommodations tax is generated and shall be a general fund realization of the county."

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that:

(1) If none of the counties adopt an ordinance to levy a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax on or before December 31, 2022, this Act shall be repealed on January 1, 2023;

(2) If any county does not adopt an ordinance to levy a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax on or before December 31, 2022, it shall be prohibited from adopting an ordinance pursuant to this Act, unless otherwise authorized by the legislature through a separate legislative act; and

(3) If an ordinance to levy a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax is adopted on or before December 31, 2022:

(A) The ordinance shall be repealed on December 31, 2036; and

(B) This Act shall be repealed on December 31, 2036.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Transient Accommodations Tax; County Surcharge

 

Description:

Authorizes counties to levy a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax in their respective counties pursuant to certain conditions. Sunsets on 12/31/2036.

 

 

 

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