Honolulu, Hawaii


RE: S.B. No. 162

S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 162 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide to a taxpayer who hires an elderly individual a nonrefundable tax credit for the six-month period after the individual is initially hired by the taxpayer.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from a member of the Kauai County Council, Hawaii State Association of Counties, and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that elderly individuals often have a wealth of work and life experiences that allow them to make significant contributions to employers. Providing tax incentives to employers to hire elderly individuals will help increase employment of Hawaii's aging population and enable these individuals to continue supporting their families.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Adopting language suggested by the Department of Taxation that:


(A) Changes the tax credit from fifty percent of the qualified wages for the first six months after the elderly individual is initially hired to twenty‑five percent of the qualified wages for the first twelve months after the elderly individual is initially hired;


(B) Clarifies that the definition of "wages" is based solely on cash wages;


(C) Clarifies that the definition of "qualified wages" excludes amounts for which another credit is claimed or a deduction is taken; and


(D) Clarifies that the credit is applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2019, to allow the Department of Taxation sufficient time to make necessary form, instruction, and computer changes; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 162, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 162, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,