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As Federal Tax Rate Falls, So Could Electric Bills

January 12, 2018, 1:30 PM HST (Updated January 12, 2018, 3:08 PM)
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Changes to federal tax law will lower corporate rates from 35% to 21% starting this year. That is expected to result in a lower tax bill for Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawai‘i Electric Light.

State and federal taxes are included in the base electric rate and with a lower federal tax, the tax rate imbedded in the bill will be reduced.

“We’re in the process of analyzing the impact of the tax overhaul but it’s pretty clear at this point that this will benefit most customers,” said senior vice president and chief financial officer of the Hawaiian Electric CompaniesTayne Sekimura. “We will work with our regulators and the Consumer Advocate to determine the exact amount of the tax reduction and the best way to pass on the savings.”

Any change in the base rate is subject to the approval of the Public Utilities Commission, which will also determine the timing of any change in rates.

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