Bill to Lower Taxes, Increase Food and Excise Credit

January 25, 2018, 11:06 AM HST
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Rep. Chris Todd

Big Island House Rep Chris Todd has introduced a bill to lower taxes on the low- and middle-class wage earners to help prevent and reduce homelessness.

House Bill 2642 would reduce the cost of living for Hawai‘i residents by:

  • Lowering the income tax rates for the lowest six income brackets
  • Increasing the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax
  • Requiring the increased revenue in rental motor vehicle surcharge tax to be deposited in the general fund to offset the lower income tax rates
  • Increasing the refundable food/excise tax credit.

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“Hawai‘i residents are having difficulty making ends meet, especially in the lower- and middle-income groups,” said Rep. Todd (Keaukaha, Hilo, Pana‘ewa, Waiākea). “Allowing this group to keep a little more of their hard earned money could also prevent some families from falling into homelessness.”

Depending on total income, the bill doubles the food/excise tax credit to between $110 and $220 for individuals earning $30,000 or less. For people filing joint returns the credit will be doubled to between $70 and $200 for those earning $50,000 or less.

The bill has been introduced and passed first reading.

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