HAWAII REVISED STATUTES
TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS LAW
(Updated September 15, 1997)
237D-2 IMPOSITION AND RATES
237D-4 CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION
237D-6 RETURN AND PAYMENTS; PENALTIES
237D-6.5 REMITTANCE; DISTRIBUTION TO COUNTIES
237D-7 ANNUAL RETURN
237D-7.5 FEDERAL ASSESSMENTS; ADJUSTMENTS OF GROSS RENTAL OR GROSS RENTAL PROCEEDS; REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT
237D-8 FILING OF RETURNS
237D-8.5 COLLECTION OF RENTAL BY THIRD PARTY; FILING WITH DEPARTMENT; STATEMENT REQUIRED
237D-8.6 RECONCILIATION; FORM REQUIREMENT
237D-9 ASSESSMENT OF TAX UPON FAILURE TO MAKE RETURN; LIMITATION PERIOD; EXCEPTIONS; EXTENSION BY AGREEMENT
237D-10 OVERPAYMENT; REFUNDS
237D-12 RECORDS TO BE KEPT; EXAMINATION
237D- 13 DISCLOSURE OF RETURNS UNLAWFUL; DESTRUCTION OF RETURNS
237D- 14 COLLECTION BY SUIT; INJUNCTION
237D-15 APPLICATION OF TAX
237D-16 ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT; RULES
HRS Section 237D-1 Definitions.
Whenever used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Director" means the director of taxation.
"Gross rental" or "gross rental proceeds" means the gross receipts, cash or accrued, of the taxpayer received as compensation for the furnishing of transient accommodations and the value proceeding or accruing from the furnishing of such accommodations without any deductions on account of the cost of property or services sold, the cost of materials used, labor cost, taxes, royalties, interest, discounts, or any other expenses whatsoever. Every taxpayer shall be presumed to be dealing on a cash basis unless the taxpayer proves to the satisfaction of the department of taxation that the taxpayer is dealing on an accrual basis and the taxpayer's books are so kept, or unless the taxpayer employs or is required to employ the accrual basis for the purposes of the tax imposed by chapter 237 for any taxable year in which event the taxpayer shall report the taxpayers gross income for the purposes of this chapter on the accrual basis for the same period.
The words "gross rental" or "gross rental proceeds" shall not be construed to include the amounts of taxes imposed by chapter 237 or this chapter on operators of transient accommodations and passed on, collected, and received from the consumer as part of the receipts received as compensation for the furnishing of transient accommodations. Where transient accommodations are furnished through arrangements made by a travel agency or tour packager at noncommissionable negotiated contract rates and the gross income is divided between the operator of transient accommodations on the one hand and the travel agency or tour packager on the other hand, gross rental or gross rental proceeds to the operator means only the respective portion allocated or distributed to the operator, and no more. For purposes of this definition, where the operator maintains a schedule of rates for identifiable groups of individuals, such as kamaainas, upon which the accommodations are leased, let, or rented, gross rental or gross rental proceeds means the receipts collected and received based upon the scheduled rates and recorded as receipts in its books and records.
"Lease", "let", or "rental" means the leasing or renting of living quarters or sleeping or housekeeping accommodations in hotels, apartment hotels, motels, condominium property regimes or apartments defined in chapter 514A, cooperative apartments, rooming houses, or other places in which lodgings are regularly furnished to transients for a consideration, without transfer of the title of such property.
"Operator" means any person operating a transient accommodations whether as owner or proprietor or as lessee, sublessee, mortgagee in possession, licensee, or otherwise, or engaging or continuing in any service business which involves the actual furnishing of transient accommodation.
"Transient accommodations" mean the furnishing of a room, apartment, suite, or the like which is customarily occupied by a transient for less than one hundred eighty consecutive days for each letting by a hotel, apartment hotel, motel, condominium property regime or apartment as defined in chapter 514A, cooperative apartment, or rooming house that provides living quarters, sleeping, or housekeeping accommodations, or other place in which lodgings are regularly furnished to transients for consideration.
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HRS Section 237D-2 Imposition and rates.
(a) There is levied and shall be assessed and collected each month a tax of five per cent for the period beginning on January 1, 1987, to June 30, 1994, and a tax of six per cent for the period beginning July 1, 1994, and thereafter, on the gross rental or gross rental proceeds derived from furnishing transient accommodations.
(b) Every operator shall pay to the State the tax imposed by this section as provided in this chapter.
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HRS Section 237D-3 Exemptions.
This chapter shall not apply to:
(1) Health care facilities including all such facilities enumerated in section 321-11(11).
(2) School dormitories of a public or private educational institution providing education in grades kindergarten through twelve, or of any institution of higher education,
(3) Lodging provided by nonprofit corporations or associations for religious, charitable, or educational purposes; provided that this exemption shall apply only to the activities of the religious, charitable, or educational corporation or association as such and not to any rental or gross rental the primary purpose of which is to produce income even if the income is used for or in furtherance of the exempt activities of such religious, charitable, or educational corporation or association.
(4) Living accommodations for persons in the military on permanent duty assignment to Hawaii, including the furnishing of transient accommodations to those military personnel who receive temporary lodging allowances while seeking accommodations in Hawaii or while awaiting reassignment to new duty stations outside the State.
(5) Low-income renters receiving rental subsistence from the state or federal governments and whose rental periods are for durations shorter than sixty days.
(6) Operators of transient accommodations who furnish accommodations to full-time students enrolled in an institution offering post-secondary education. The director of taxation shall determine what shall be deemed acceptable proof of full-time enrollment. This exemption shall also apply to operators who furnish transient accommodations to students during summer employment.
(7) Accommodations furnished without charge such as, but not limited to, complimentary accommodations, accommodations furnished to contract personnel such as physicians, golf or tennis professionals, swimming and dancing instructors, and other personnel to whom no salary is paid or to employees who receive room and board as part of their salary or compensation.
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HRS Section 237D-3.5 Repealed
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HRS Section 237D-4 Certificate of registration.
(a) Each operator as a condition precedent to engaging or continuing in the business of furnishing transient accommodations shall register with the director the name and address of each place of business within the State subject to this chapter. The operator shall make a one-time payment as follows:
(1) $5 for each registration for transient accommodations consisting of one to five units; and
(2) $15 for each registration for transient accommodations consisting of six or more units;
upon receipt of which the director shall issue a certificate of registration in such form as the director determines, attesting that the registration has been made. The registration shall not be transferable and shall be valid only for the operator in whose name it is issued and for the transaction of business at the place designated therein. The registration, or in lieu thereof a notice stating where the registration may be inspected and examined, shall at all times be conspicuously displayed at the place for which it is issued. Acquisition of additional units after payment of the one-time fee shall not result in additional fees. Any person registering or holding a certificate of registration under this chapter before January 1, 1990, shall pay a one-time registration fee according to the schedule in this subsection on or before January 31, 1990, as a condition precedent to engaging or continuing in business.
(b) The registration provided for by this section shall be effective until canceled in writing. Any application for the reissuance of a previously canceled registration identification number after December 31, 1989, shall be regarded as a new registration application and shall be subject to the payment of the one-time registration fee in subsection (a). The director may revoke or cancel any license issued under this chapter for cause as provided by rule under chapter 91.
(c) If the license fee is paid, the department shall not refuse to issue a registration or revoke or cancel a registration for the exercise of a privilege protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, or for the carrying on of interstate or foreign commerce, or for any privilege the exercise of which, under the Constitution and laws of the United States, cannot be restrained on account of nonpayment of taxes, nor shall section 237D-14 be invoked to restrain the exercise of such a privilege, or the carrying on of such commerce.
(d) Any person who may lawfully be required by the State, and who is required by this chapter, to register as a condition precedent to engaging or continuing in the business of furnishing transient accommodations subject to taxation under this chapter, who engages or continues in the business without registering in conformity with this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any director, president, secretary, or treasurer of a corporation who permits, aids, or abets such corporation to engage or continue in business without registering in conformity with this chapter, shall likewise be guilty of a misdemeanor. The penalty for the misdemeanors shall be that prescribed by section 231-34 for individuals, corporations, or officers of corporations, as the case may be, for violation of that section.
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HRS Section 237D-5 Repealed.
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HRS Section 237D-6 Return and payments; penalties.
(a) On or before the last day of each calendar month, every operator taxable under this chapter during the preceding calendar month shall file a sworn return with the director in such form as the director shall prescribe together with a remittance for the amount of the tax in the form required by section 237D-6.5. Sections 237-30 and 237-32 shall apply to returns and penalties made under this chapter to the same extent as if the sections were set forth specifically in this section.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the director of taxation, for good cause, may permit a taxpayer to file the taxpayer's return required under this section and make payments thereon:
(1) On a quarterly basis during the calendar or fiscal year, the return and payment to be made on or before the last day of the calendar month after the close of each quarter, to wit: for calendar year taxpayers, or, or before April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31 or, for fiscal year taxpayers, on or before the last day of the fourth month, seventh month, and tenth month following the beginning of the fiscal year and on or before the last day of the month following the close of the fiscal year; provided that the director is satisfied that the grant of the permit will not unduly jeopardize the collection of the taxes due thereon and the taxpayer's total tax liability for the calendar or fiscal year under this chapter will not exceed $2,000; or
(2) On a semiannual basis during the calendar or fiscal year, the return and payment to be made by or before the last day of the calendar month after the close of each six-month period, to wit: for calendar year taxpayers, on July 31 and January 31 or, for fiscal year taxpayers, on or before the last day of the seventh month following the beginning of the fiscal year and on or before the last day of the month following the close of the fiscal year; provided that the director is satisfied that the grant of the permit will not unduly jeopardize the collection of the taxes due thereon and the taxpayer's total tax liability for the calendar or fiscal year under this chapter will not exceed $1,000.
The director, for good cause, may permit a taxpayer to make monthly payments based on the taxpayer's estimated quarterly or semiannual liability; provided that the taxpayer files a reconciliation return at the end of each quarter or at the end of each six-month period during the calendar or fiscal year, as provided in this section.
(c) If a taxpayer filing the taxpayer's return on a quarterly or semiannual basis, as provided in this section, becomes delinquent in either the filing of the taxpayer's return or the payment of the taxes due thereon, or if the liability of a taxpayer, who possesses a permit to file the taxpayer's return and to make payments on a semiannual basis exceeds $1,000 in transient accommodations taxes during the calendar year or exceeds $2,000 in transient accommodations taxes during the calendar year if making payments on a quarterly basis, or if the director determines that any such quarterly or semiannual filing of return would unduly jeopardize the proper administration of this chapter, including the assessment or collection of the transient accommodations tax, the director, at any time, may revoke a taxpayer's permit, in which case the taxpayer shall then be required to file the taxpayer's return and make payments thereon as provided in subsection (a).
(d) Section 232-2 does not apply to a monthly return.
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HRS Section 237D-6.5 Remittances; distribution to counties.
(a) All remittances of taxes imposed under this chapter shall be made by cash, bank drafts, cashier's check, money order, or certificate of deposit to the office of the taxation district to which the return was transmitted.
(b) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1990, and for each fiscal year thereafter, until June 30, 1994, revenues collected under this chapter shall be distributed as follows: five per cent of the revenues collected under this chapter shall be retained by the State. Of the remainder, Kauai county shall receive 14.5 per cent; Hawaii county shall receive 18.6 per cent; city and county of Honolulu shall receive 44.1 per cent; and Maui county shall receive 22.8 per cent.
For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1994, and for each fiscal year thereafter, revenues collected under this chapter shall be distributed as follows:
(1) One-sixth of the revenues collected under this chapter shall be deposited into the convention center capital and operations special fund;
(2) Of the remaining revenues, five per cent shall be retained by the State; and
(3) Of the remainder, Kauai county shall receive 14.5 per cent; Hawaii county shall receive 48.6 per cent, city and county of Honolulu shall receive 44.1 per cent; and Maui county shall receive 22.8 per cent.
All transient accommodations taxes shall be paid into the state treasury each month within ten days after collection, and shall be kept by the state director of finance in special accounts for distribution as provided in this subsection.
(c) On or before January or July 1 of each year or after the disposition of any tax appeal with respect to an assessment for periods after June 30, 1990, the state director of finance shall compute and pay the amount due as provided in subsection (b) to the director of finance of each county to become a general realization of the county expendable as such, except as otherwise provided by law.
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HRS Section 237D-7 Annual return.
On or before the twentieth day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year, every person who has become liable for the payment of the taxes under this chapter during the preceding tax year shall file a return summarizing that person's liability under this chapter for the year, in such form as the director prescribes. The operator shall transmit with the return a remittance covering the residue of the tax chargeable to the operator, if any, to the office of the appropriate state district tax assessor designated in section 237D-8. The return shall be signed by the taxpayer, if made by an individual, or by the president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer of a corporation, if made on behalf of a corporation. If made on behalf of a partnership, firm, society, unincorporated association, group, hui, joint adventure, joint stock company, corporation, trust estate, decedent's estate, trust, or other entity, any individual delegated by the entity shall sign the same on behalf of the taxpayer. If for any reason it is not practicable for the individual taxpayer to sign the return, it may be done by any duly authorized agent. The department, for good cause shown, may extend the time for making the return on the application of any taxpayer and grant such reasonable additional time within which to make the return as the department may deem advisable.
Section 232-2 applies to the annual return, but not to a monthly return.
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HRS Section 237D-7.5 Federal assessments; adjustments of gross rental or gross rental proceeds; report to the department.
(a) Any person required to report to the department by section 235-101(b), also shall report to the department any change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation of gross rental or gross rental proceeds subject to the tax imposed by this chapter. This report shall be made in the form of a return amending the person's gross rental or gross rental proceeds as previously reported on a return filed with the department for the taxable year. If no return has been filed with the department for the taxable year, a return shall be filed and shall take into account any change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation of gross rental or gross rental proceeds.
(b) Any return or amended return required by this section shall be filed with the department within ninety days after the change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation is finally determined or an amended return is filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The return or amended return shall be accompanied by a copy of the document issued by the United States notifying the taxpayer of the change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation.
(c) The statutory period for the assessment of any deficiency or the determination of any refund attributable to the report required by this section shall not expire before the expiration of one year from the date the department is notified by the taxpayer or the Internal Revenue Service, whichever is earlier, of such a report as provided in subsection (a). Before the expiration of this one-year Period, the department and the taxpayer may agree, in writing, to the extension of this period. The period so agreed upon may be further extended by subsequent agreements in writing made before the expiration of the period previously agreed upon.
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HRS Section 237D-8 Filing of returns.
All monthly, quarterly, semiannual, and annual returns shall be transmitted to the office of the taxation district in which the transient accommodation upon which the tax is imposed is situated or to the office of the first taxation district in Honolulu.
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HRS Section 237D-8.5 Collection of rental by third party; filing with department; statement required.
(a) Every person authorized under an agreement by the owner of transient accommodations located within this State to collect rent on behalf of such owner shall be subject to this section.
(b) Every written rental collection agreement shall have on the first page of the agreement the name, address, social security or federal identification number, and, if available, the general excise tax license and transient accommodations tax registration numbers of the owner of the transient accommodations being rented, the address of the property being rented, and the following statement which shall be set forth in bold print and in ten-point type size:
"HAWAII TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAXES MUST BE PAID ON THE GROSS RENTS COLLECTED BY ANY PERSON RENTING TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. A COPY OF THE FIRST PAGE OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR OF FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE FORM 1099 STATING THE AMOUNT OF RENTS COLLECTED, SHALL BE FILED WITH THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION."
Every person entering an oral rental collection agreement shall furnish the department of taxation the information required under this subsection and shall give the owner of the property a copy of the notice required by this subsection. The statement required by this subsection may be combined with the statement required under section 237-30.5 by adding in bold print and in ten-point type size to the front of the statement in section 237-30.5 the following:
"HAWAII TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAXES AND".
(c) Every person authorized to collect rent for another person shall file a copy of the first page of the rental collection agreement with the department of taxation within ninety days after June 9, 1988, or within thirty days after entering into the agreement, or shall file a copy of federal Internal Revenue form 1099, the property owner's social security or federal identification number, and, if available, the general excise tax license and transient accommodations tax registration numbers of the owner of such property being rented with the department of taxation at the same time as such forms must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service for the applicable tax year. The person also shall notify the owner that such information is being furnished and give the owner a copy of the notice required by subsection (b).
(d) If a person complies with the provisions of this section, the person shall be deemed to have complied with section 237-30.5.
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HRS Section 237D-8.6 Reconciliation; form requirement.
On or before the twentieth day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year, every person who has become liable for the payment of taxes under this chapter during the preceding taxable year and who has furnished transient accommodations which were exempt, for any portion of the taxable year, from the tax imposed under this chapter, shall file a reconciliation for transient accommodations as prescribed by the director indicating the amount of gross income that was subject to such tax and the amount that was subject to the general excise tax imposed under chapter 237.
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HRS Section 237D-9 Assessment of tax upon failure to make return; limitation period; exceptions; extension by agreement.
(a) If any operator fails to make a return as required by this chapter, the director shall make an estimate of the tax liability of the operator from any information the director obtains, and according to the estimate so made, assess the taxes, interest, and penalty due the State from the operator, give notice of the assessment to the operator, and make demand upon the operator for payment. The assessment shall be presumed to be correct until and unless, upon an appeal duly taken as provided in section 237D- 11, the contrary shall be clearly proved by the person assessed, and the burden of proof upon such appeal shall be upon the person assessed to disprove the correctness of assessment.
(b) After a return is filed under this chapter the director shall cause the return to be examined, and may make such further audits or investigation as the director considers necessary. If the director determines that there is a deficiency with respect to the payment of any tax due under this chapter, the director shall assess the taxes and interest due the State, give notice of the assessment to the persons liable, and make demand upon the persons for payment.
(c) Except as otherwise provided by this section, the amount of taxes imposed by this chapter shall be assessed or levied within three years after the annual return was filed, or within three years of the due date prescribed for the filing of the return, whichever is later, and no proceeding in court without assessment for the collection of any such taxes shall be begun after the expiration of the period.
(d) In the case of a false or fraudulent return with intent to evade tax, or of a failure to file the annual return, the tax may be assessed or levied at any time; however, in the case of a return claimed to be false or fraudulent with intent to evade tax, the determination as to the claim shall first be made by a judge of the circuit court as provided in section 235-111(c) which shall apply to the tax imposed by this chapter.
(e) Where, before the expiration of the period prescribed in subsection (c), both the department of taxation and the taxpayer have consented in writing to the assessment or levy of the tax after the date fixed by subsection (c), the tax may be assessed or levied at any time prior to the expiration of the period agreed upon. The period so agreed upon may be extended by subsequent agreements in writing made before the expiration of the period previously agreed upon.
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HRS Section 237D-10 Overpayment; refunds.
Upon application by an operator, if the director determines that any tax, interest, or penalty has been paid more than once, or has been erroneously or illegally collected or computed, the tax, interest, or penalty shall be credited by the director on any taxes then due from the operator under this chapter. The director shall refund the balance to the operator or the operator's successors, administrators, executors, or assigns in accordance with section 231-23. No credit or refund shall be allowed for any tax imposed by this chapter, unless a claim for such credit or refund is filed as follows:
(1) If an annual return is timely filed, or is filed within three years after the date prescribed for filing the annual return, then the credit or refund shall be claimed within three years after the date the annual return was filed or the date prescribed for filing the annual return, whichever is later.
(2) If an annual return is not filed, or is filed more than three years after the date prescribed for filing the annual return, a claim for credit or refund shall be filed within:
(A) Three years after the payment of the tax; or
(B) Three years after the date prescribed for the filing of the annual return,
whichever is later.
Paragraphs (1) and (2) are mutually exclusive. The preceding limitation shall not apply to a credit or refund pursuant to an appeal, provided for in section 237D-11.
As to all tax payments for which a refund or credit is not authorized by this section (including, without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, cases of unconstitutionality), the remedies provided by appeal or by section 40-35 are exclusive.
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HRS Section 237D-11 Appeals.
Any person aggrieved by any assessment of the tax for any month or any year may appeal from the assessment in the manner and within the time and in all other respects as provided in the case of income tax appeals by section 235-114; provided the tax so assessed shall have been paid.
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HRS Section 237D-12 Records to be kept; examination.
Every operator shall keep in the English language within the State, and preserve for a period of three years, suitable records of gross rental or gross rental proceeds relating to transient accommodations taxed under this chapter, and such other books, records of account, and invoices as may be required by the department of taxation, and all such books, records, and invoices shall be open for examination at any time by the department or the Multistate Tax Commission pursuant to chapter 255, or the authorized representative thereof.
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HRS Section 237D-13 Disclosure of returns unlawful; destruction of returns.
(a) All tax returns and return information required to be filed under this chapter, and the report of any investigation of the return or of the subject matter of the return, shall be confidential. It shall be unlawful for any person or any officer or employee of the State to intentionally make known information imparted by any tax return or return information filed pursuant to this chapter, or any report of any investigation of the return or of the subject matter of the return, or to willfully permit any such return, return information, or report so made, or any copy thereof, to be seen or examined by any person; provided that for tax purposes only the taxpayer, the taxpayer's authorized agent, or persons with a material interest in the return, return information, or report may examine them. Unless otherwise provided by law, persons with a material interest in the return, return information, or report shall include:
(3) Persons named in a board resolution or a one per cent shareholder in case of a corporate return;
(4) The person authorized to act for a corporation in dissolution;
(5) The shareholder of an S corporation;
(6) The personal representative, trustee, heir, or beneficiary of an estate or trust in case of the estate's or decedent's return;
(7) The committee, trustee, or guardian of any person in paragraphs (1) to (6) who is incompetent;
(8) The trustee in bankruptcy or receiver, and the attorney-in-fact of any person in paragraphs (1) to (7);
(9) Persons duly authorized by the State in connection with their official duties;
(10) Any duly accredited tax official of the United States or of any state or of any state or territory; and
(11) The Multistate Tax Commission or its authorized representative.
Any violation of this subsection shall be a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the publication of statistics so classified as to prevent the identification of particular reports or returns and the items of the reports or returns.
(b) The department may destroy the monthly, quarterly, or semiannual returns filed pursuant to section 237D-6, or any of them, upon the expiration of three years after the end of the calendar or fiscal year in which the taxes so returned accrued.
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HRS Section 237D-14 Collection by suit; injunction.
The department of taxation may collect taxes due and unpaid under this chapter, together with all accrued penalties, by action in assumpsit or other appropriate proceedings in the circuit court of the judicial circuit in which the taxes arose. After delinquency shall have continued for sixty days, or if any person lawfully required so to do under this chapter shall fail to apply for and secure a certificate as provided by this chapter for a period of sixty days after the first date when the person was required under this chapter to secure the certificate, the department may proceed in the circuit court of the judicial circuit in which the transient accommodations are taxed, to obtain an injunction restraining the further furnishing of transient accommodations until full payment shall have been made of all taxes and penalties and interest due under this chapter, or until such certificate is secured, or both, as the circumstances of the case may require.
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HRS Section 237D-15 Application of tax.
(a) The tax imposed by this chapter shall be in addition to any other taxes imposed by any other laws of the State, except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter; provided that if it be held by any court of competent jurisdiction that the tax imposed by this chapter may not legally be imposed in addition to any other tax or taxes imposed by any other law or laws with respect to the same property or the use thereof, then this chapter shall be deemed not to apply to such property and the use thereof under the specific circumstances, but the other laws shall be given full effect with respect to such property and use. (b) In order to determine if the tax under this chapter is to be levied, assessed, and collected the following presumptions shall control.
(1) If a person lets a transient accommodation for less than one hundred eighty consecutive days, it shall be presumed that the accommodation furnished is for a transient purpose.
(2) If a person lets a transient accommodation for one hundred eighty days or more, there is no presumption one way or another as to the purpose for which the accommodation is furnished.
The operator shall have the burden of proving to the department whether an accommodation is not being furnished for a transient purpose. If the department is satisfied that an accommodation is not furnished for a transient purpose, then the department shall not levy any tax under this chapter. The department shall adopt rules to implement this section.
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HRS Section 237D-16 Administration and enforcement; rules.
(a) The director of taxation shall administer and enforce this chapter. In respect of:
(1) The examinations of books and records and of taxpayers and other persons,
(2) Procedure and powers upon failure or refusal by a taxpayer to make a return or proper return, and
(3) The general administration of this chapter, the director of taxation shall have all rights and powers conferred by chapter 237 with respect to taxes thereby or thereunder imposed; and, without restriction upon these rights and powers, sections 237-8 and 237-36 to 237-41 are made applicable to and with respect to the taxes, taxpayers, tax officers, and other persons, and the matters and things affected or covered by this chapter, insofar as not inconsistent with this chapter, in the same manner, as nearly as may be, as in similar cases covered by chapter 237.
(b) The director may adopt, amend, or repeal rules under chapter 91 to carry out this chapter.
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HRS Section 237D-17 Repealed.
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