Additional Homestead Exemption (Low-Income)





Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Other Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type



Counties have the option of providing additional exemptions for low-income homeowners.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible.

Eligibility Criteria



Income Ceiling

Principal Residence

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria varies by county. Applicants must qualify as low-income based on the guidelines in their county.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government must take action to opt in

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

State does not reimburse local governments.

Record ID



In Kauai County, the exemption is $55,000 for those with an annual adjusted income less than $40,000. This exemption is in addition to the Basic Home Exemption, the Multiple Home Exemption or the Totally Disabled Veterans Exemption. In the City and County of Honolulu, those 75 years of age and older with an income that does not exceed 80 percent of the area median income for the county qualify for the program. The exemption varies from $140,000 to $200,000 based on age. This exemption is in lieu of the Multiple Home Exemption.


Haw. Rev. Stat. § 246A-2 (in effect for 2007); Rev. Ord. of the City and County of Honolulu § 8-10.4(e)(1) (in effect for 2007); County of Honolulu § 8-10.20(a) (in effect for 2007).
Understanding Your Real Property Taxes (no date), Kauai County [ Accessed 02/29/2012] View Archived Source
Exemptions (no date), City and County of Honolulu [ Accessed 02/29/2012] View Archived Source

Join Our Mailing List

Back to top