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SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Hawaii is susceptible to property loss due to hurricanes, tropical storms, and strong winds. The best long-term solution for reducing potential damage is the statewide use of wind resistive devices. The legislature also finds that residents of the State must inspect, repair, and reinforce their residences every year to prepare for the possibility of a hurricane making landfall. The inspections, repairs, and reinforcement of residences consume needed resources from homeowners' budgets but result in homeowners having more hurricane resistant residences. These resistance measures reduce hurricane damage repair costs and may qualify homeowners for much-needed hurricane insurance premium credits.

The legislature further finds that there should be an income tax credit available to certain property owners for the installation of wind resistive devices approved by the insurance commissioner that may lessen the severity of property loss from strong winds. This incentive will serve a public purpose by protecting the health, safety, property, and welfare of Hawaii residents. The program will also stimulate economic growth and activity in the State through the creation of business and employment opportunities for the sale and installation of wind resistive devices.

The purpose of this Act is to establish a two-year income tax credit to financially assist qualified homeowners with the installation of approved wind resistive devices for hurricane preparedness of their homes.

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

"235-    Wind resistance retrofit tax credit. (a) There shall be allowed to each individual who is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent for federal or state income taxes by another and who files an individual income tax return for a taxable year, a one-time nonrefundable wind resistance retrofit tax credit that shall be deductible from the individual's net income tax liability imposed by this chapter.

(b) The amount of the nonrefundable tax credit shall be $1,500 or the actual costs incurred by the individual for the wind resistance retrofit project, whichever is less, including the costs of construction to make a taxpayer's primary residence meet specified wind resistance standards determined pursuant to subsection (c); provided that no payment on account of the tax credit allowed by this section shall be made for amounts less than $1.

(c) The standards for eligibility shall be determined by the insurance commissioner or the commissioner's designee by rule. The taxpayer shall apply to the insurance division of the department of commerce and consumer affairs to pre-certify eligible retrofit credit costs before retrofit work begins. The insurance division shall cap the number of credits certified to two thousand in the first year of eligibility and four thousand in the second year of eligibility.

(d) Claims for a tax credit under this section shall be filed on or before the end of the twelfth month following the close of the taxable year for which the credit may be claimed. Failure to properly claim the credit shall constitute a waiver of the right to claim the credit.

(e) If the tax credit under this section exceeds the individual's net income tax liability, any excess of the tax credit may be used as a credit against the individual's income tax liability in subsequent taxable years until exhausted.

(f) No individual that claims the tax credit under this section shall claim any other credit for the same expenses or costs.

(g) The director of taxation:

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

(2) May require proof of the claim for the tax credit; and

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

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on June 30, 3000, and:

(1) Shall apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2023, but shall not apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025; and

(2) Shall be repealed on December 31, 2025.


Report Title:

Income Tax Credit; Wind Resistance Retrofit; Hurricane Preparedness; Insurance; DCCA; DOTAX



Establishes a two-year nonrefundable individual income tax credit for expenses paid to retrofit a residence with wind resistive devices. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2023. Sunsets 12/31/2025. Effective 6/30/3000. (HD1)




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