STAND. COM. REP. NO. 403

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1241

 

 

 

Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water, Land, and Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 1241 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to repeal the conveyance tax exemption for the sale or transfer of land for low-income housing projects that have been certified by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation and Catholic Charities Hawaii. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation.

 

Your Committee finds that the conveyance tax has not been a significant barrier to affordable housing development because the conveyance tax is paid by the seller and not the purchaser who will be developing the low-income housing project. Exemption from the conveyance tax for low-income housing projects has not helped to increase the inventory of affordable housing and should be repealed. Your Committee further finds that based on the testimony from the Department of Taxation, the impact of this measure on the General Fund will be minimal.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, and Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1241 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, and Housing,

 

 

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair