Hawaii House Finance Committee Passes Timeshare Tax

2011-02-28

Issue Brief

Early Saturday morning, after hearing testimony against the bill from numerous timeshare owners, timeshare managers, timeshare developers, and other interested parties, the House Finance Committee voted 14-1 (with 3 yes votes voting with reservations) to pass a temporary increase in taxes for timeshare owners.

Impact

HB 809 HD2 would not directly increase taxes on timeshare developers, but instead would increase the tax an owner would pay on a $1,000 maintenance fee from $36.25 to $46.25--a 27.5% increase.  Of course, this means that the total maintenance fee obligation for current owners and future purchasers will rise, causing potential issues at the sales table and beyond.

Position/Call to Action

While ARDA-ROC testified against the passage of the measure, the 27.5% increase is significantly lower than the previous 300% proposal that was included as part of the initial tax package heard by the House Tourism Committee.  The bill will now move to the House floor for a vote, and if passed by the House the bill will move over to the Senate for consideration.  ARDA-ROC, as well as ARDA-Hawaii, is committed to fight any tax increase on timeshare owners and will continue to communicate via the ardaroc.org website as to how you can help.
 

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