STAND. COM. REP. NO.  486-22


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2022


RE:   H.B. No. 2177

      H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2022

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2177, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Expand the Department of Taxation's authority to require electronic filings;


     (2)  Require certain tax return preparers to electronically file returns;


     (3)  Repeal language that authorized the Director of Taxation to require electronic funds transfer or electronic filing if the federal government required a person to do so;


     (4)  Remove the timeliness requirement of the electronic funds transfer penalty;


     (5)  Remove the authority of the Department of Taxation to charge for certified copies of tax clearances;


     (6)  Clarify tax clearances for liquor license holders;


     (7)  Increase the aggregate cap on late filing penalties;


     (8)  Create an additional penalty category for late filing for certain informational returns where no tax is due;


     (9)  Clarify the interest calculations for taxes paid pending appeal; and


     (10) Specify that a partnership, estate, or trust is liable for the required withholding from a nonresident taxpayer's distributive share of income.


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


     Your Committee finds that updates to various sections of the state tax code will allow the Department of Taxation to more efficiently and effectively administer its provisions.  By providing taxpayers greater clarity, this measure will also increase tax compliance, streamline administrative processes, and lower the risk that taxpayers may incur unexpected penalties.


     However, your Committee has heard the concerns raised in testimony regarding the significant increase in penalties proposed by this measure for failure to electronically file or late filing of tax returns and late payment of taxes owed.  Your Committee shares these concerns, particularly the impact these provisions may have on small filers and taxpayers who may have made an inadvertent mistake.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and


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


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2177, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2177, H.D. 2.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,