HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1327

THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2023

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to tax credits.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that previous surveys conducted by the Hawaii State Teachers Association found that forty-seven per cent of Hawaii's educators cited personal expenditures of between $250 and $500 each year on classroom supplies, with many claiming expenditures in excess of $1,000. The legislature further finds that a 2022 study ranked Hawaii as the worst state in the nation for teachers. Moreover, according to numerous studies of teacher compensation, Hawaii's public school teachers receive the lowest salaries in the nation when adjusted for cost of living. Therefore, when teachers are forced to purchase classroom supplies with their own personal funds because of inadequate school funding, they face a disproportionately adverse financial impact in comparison to their national peers.

The purpose of this Act is to provide teachers and certain other school personnel with financial support for classroom expenses by establishing a $500 state income tax credit for teachers to offset personal expenditures on school and classroom supplies.

SECTION 2. Chapter 235, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"235-    Qualified expenses; educational supplies; tax credit. (a) There shall be allowed to each qualified taxpayer subject to the tax imposed by this chapter a tax credit for qualified expenses of the taxpayer that shall be deductible from the taxpayer's net income tax liability, if any, imposed by this chapter for the taxable year in which the credit is properly claimed.

(b) The amount of the tax credit shall be equal to the amounts expended for qualified expenses in a taxable year; provided that the credit shall not exceed $500 per taxable year.

(c) If the tax credit under this section exceeds the taxpayer's net income tax liability, the excess of credit over liability may be used as a tax credit against the taxpayer's net income tax liability in subsequent years until exhausted. All claims for a tax credit under this section, including amended claims, shall be filed on or before the end of the twelfth month following the close of the taxable year for which the tax credit may be claimed. Failure to comply with the foregoing provision shall constitute a waiver of the right to claim the tax credit.

(d) No other tax credit shall be claimed under this chapter for the qualified expenses used to properly claim a tax credit under this section for the taxable year.

(e) The director of taxation:

(1) Shall prepare any forms that may be necessary to claim a credit under this section;

(2) May require the taxpayer to furnish reasonable information to ascertain the validity of the claim for credit made under this section; and

(3) May adopt rules necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section pursuant to chapter 91.

(f) For purposes of this section:

"Qualified expenses" means expenses paid or incurred by a qualified taxpayer who incurs the expenses in connection with:

(1) Books;

(2) Supplies, other than athletic supplies for courses of instruction in health or physical education;

(3) Computer equipment, including related software and services; and

(4) Supplementary materials used by the qualified taxpayer in the classroom.

"Qualified taxpayer" means, with respect to any taxable year, an individual who is employed as a prekindergarten through twelfth-grade teacher, instructor, school librarian, counselor, principal, registrar, or aide in a school for at least nine hundred hours during a school year. "Qualified taxpayer" includes a classroom teacher and special education teacher."

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act, upon its approval, shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Educational Supplies; Tax Credit; Schools; Educators

 

Description:

Establishes a state income tax credit for qualified expenses incurred by prekindergarten through twelfth-grade teachers, instructors, school librarians, counselors, principals, registrars, or aides in a school.

 

 

 

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