THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO TAXATION.
ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that traffic congestion is a serious problem that negatively affects the quality of life for residents and visitors in Hawaii. Traffic congestion on the State's roadways continues to increase, forcing people to spend more time sitting in vehicles and less time being productive at work or with families and friends.
The legislature further finds that rental vehicle lessees make up a large proportion of public highway users. Existing law exempts those lessees that have a valid Hawaii driver's license from paying an additional fee of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.
The legislature believes that it is reasonable to repeal the exemptions in order to raise revenue for capital improvements to Hawaii's highways, which will relieve congestion and improve the quality of life for both residents and visitors.
The purpose of this Act is to amend the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax to fund projects to increase highway capacity and relieve traffic congestion.
Specifically, this Act:
(1) Increases the amount of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax for such lessees for each day, or portion of a day, that a rental motor vehicle is rented to $5;
(2) Repeals the additional surcharge tax of $2 for each day, or portion of a day, for lessees who do not possess a valid Hawaii driver's license; and
(3) Repeals the requirement that the $2 additional surcharge be deposited into a separate account for the county that collected the surcharge and instead deposits the money into the state highway fund.
SECTION 2. Section 251-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) There is levied and shall be assessed and
collected each month a rental motor vehicle surcharge tax of [
a day, or any portion of a day that a rental motor vehicle is rented or leased[ ;
provided that lessees without a valid Hawaii driver's license shall be assessed
an additional $2 a day, or any portion of a day that a rental motor vehicle is
rented or leased]. The rental motor
vehicle surcharge tax shall be levied upon the lessor; provided that the tax
shall not be levied on the lessor if:
(1) The lessor is renting the vehicle to replace a vehicle of the lessee that is being repaired; and
(2) A record of the repair order for the vehicle is retained either by the lessor for two years for verification purposes or by a motor vehicle repair dealer for two years as provided in section 437B-16.
In addition to the requirements imposed by section 251-4, a lessor shall disclose, to the department, the portion of the remittance attributed to the county in which the motor vehicle was operated under rental or lease.
remittances collected pursuant to this subsection, $2 per day or portion of a
day from each lessee without a valid Hawaii driver's license shall be deposited
into the state treasury to the credit of the respective county subaccount of
the state highway fund, established pursuant to section 248-9(c), that
corresponds to the county in which the rental motor vehicle was driven under
rental or lease.]"
SECTION 3. Section 251-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§251-5 Remittances. All remittances
of surcharge taxes imposed under this chapter shall be made by cash, bank
draft, cashier's check, money order, or certificate of deposit to the office of
the taxation district to which the return was transmitted. The department shall deposit the moneys into
the state treasury to the credit of the state highway fund[
; provided that
user fee revenues that are levied, assessed, and collected pursuant to section
251-2(a) from lessees without a valid Hawaii drivers license shall be deposited
in accordance with section 248-9(c)]."
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Rental Motor Vehicle Surcharge Tax; Increase; State Highway Fund
Increases the amount of the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax to $5. Repeals the additional surcharge tax for lessees who do not possess a valid Hawaii driver's license. Repeals the requirement that $2 of the additional surcharge be deposited into the county subaccount in the state highway fund. (CD1)
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