STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1448


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   S.B. No. 384

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 384 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to specify that filing fees for tax appeals are nonrefundable and that no deposits are required for tax appeals.


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


     Your Committee finds that this measure is a housekeeping measure to align the intent of Act 152, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997 (Act 152), which gave authority to the Supreme Court to establish a rule to allow for a non-refundable filing fee for tax appeal cases.  Specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Completes the intention of Act 152;


     (2)  Follows current court filing fee practices; and

     (3)  Allows the Judiciary to transfer the current amount that needs to be refunded to filing parties due to the existing, inconsistent statutory language.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 3021, to encourage further discussion; and


     (2)  Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 384, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 384, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,