Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023


RE: H.B. No. 337

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Economic Development, to which was referred H.B. No. 337 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to:


(1) Increase the capital gains tax threshold from 7.25 percent to nine percent; and


(2) Increase the alternative capital gains tax for corporations from four percent to five percent.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Americans for Democratic Action, Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center, and Our Revolution Hawaii. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Association of REALTORS, NAIOP Hawaii, and six individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation, Malama Kauai, Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action, Democratic Party of Hawaii Education Caucus, Imua Alliance, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Hawaii Workers Center, and five individuals.


Your Committee finds that Hawaii is one of only nine states that allow all capital gains, or the profits from the sale of capital assets, to be taxed at a lower rate than ordinary income. Your Committee further finds that increasing the capital gains tax rate and alternative capital gains tax for corporations will generate additional funds for the State that may be used to fund essential state priorities, including public education, affordable housing construction, mental health services, and public preschool programming.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Changing its effective date to June 30, 3000, 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 Economic Development that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 337, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 337, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



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