STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1232


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   S.B. No. 1196

      S.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development, to which was referred S.B. No. 1196, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Amend the due date for employers to file the wage and tax statement from the last day of February to January 31 following the close of the calendar year; and


     (2)  Impose a penalty on employers that fail to timely furnish and file the wage and tax statement.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Taxation.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that under existing state law, there is no penalty if an employer fails to furnish an employee with their wage and tax statement (Form W-2) or fails to file a copy of Form W-2 with the Department of Taxation.  This measure would encourage further compliance with the requirements of state tax law.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1196, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development,