SUBJECT: GENERAL EXCISE, USE, PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY, INSURANCE PREMIUM, Periodic Review of Exemptions, Deductions, and Credits, Surcharge on Beneficiaries of Tax Benefits
BILL NUMBER: SB 2547
INTRODUCED BY: TOKUDA, BAKER, DELA CRUZ, ENGLISH, GALUTERIA, INOUYE, KEITH-AGARAN, KIDANI, NISHIHARA, SHIMABUKURO
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This bill would require the State Auditor to periodically review the myriad exemptions, deductions, and other tax benefits now provided under chapters 237, 238, and 239. The cost of the review would be recovered by a surcharge on those who now take the exemptions. This type of review, however, should already be within the purview of the Tax Review Commission that is provided for in our constitution and is supposed to be appointed this year (given that it wasn’t appointed last year when it was supposed to happen). In addition, the surcharge would be unfair to the recipients of income that is exempt by design of the tax system.
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