Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023


RE: S.B. No. 667

S.D. 2

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 Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 667, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to amend, until December 31, 2028, the application of the general excise tax law with regard to gross income derived from unrelated trade or business activities of nonprofit organizations.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the American Heart Association; Partners in Care; Parents and Children Together; Family Promise of Hawaii; American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!; Hawaii Public Health Institute; Kilinahe Foundation; Nā Hale O Maui; Hawaii Bicycling League; Pacific American Foundation; W.M. Keck Observatory; YMCA of Honolulu; Domestic Violence Action Center; Catholic Charities Hawaii; When We Shine Foundation; Kuikahi Mediation Center; Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Hawaii Forest Industry Association; After-School All-Stars Hawaii; Hawaiian Humane Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii; Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition; The Success Factory; Zonta Club of Hilo Foundation; Hale Kipa, Inc.; Mai Movement Hawaii; Grow Some Good; Lanakila Pacific; Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center; Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Group; Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii; Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii; Samaritan Counseling Center Hawaii; The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc.; Goodwill Hawaii; The Nature Conservancy; Aloha United Way; Child & Family Service; Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter; Hawaii Foodbank; Hawaii Youth Services Network; Windward Choral Society; Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations; Residential Youth Services & Empowerment; and eight individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Volcano Art Center. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


Your Committee finds that this measure will align the state general excise tax law with the federal income tax code by exempting from the State's general excise tax the income generated by a nonprofit organization for any activity considered an "unrelated trade or business", as defined by the federal Internal Revenue Code. Your Committee further finds that clarifying the state general excise tax law in this manner will relieve the additional burden on nonprofit organizations having to account for income in disparate ways.


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 S.B. No. 667, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.


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