Additional Homestead Exemption (Low-Income)

State

Hawaii

Year

2016

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Other Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Type

Exemption

Benefit

Counties have the option of providing additional exemptions for low-income homeowners. In Honolulu County 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. No new claims can be filed and the exemption is available for only 5 years at which time the exemption reverts to $120,000, except those over 90 years old. In Kauai County, the exemption is $120,000.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Exemption from assessed value

Eligible Property Type

Residential

Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible.

Eligibility Criteria

Age

Homeowner

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. In Honolulu and Kauai low income is defined as 80% of the county's median household income

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

HI107_RR16

Footnotes

Effective 1 July 2016 the state statutes were repealed. County ordinances remain in effect. In both Honolulu and Kauai Counties, low income is defined as 80% of the county's median household income and the exemption is in addition to the Basic and Multiple Home Exemptions. In Honolulu County 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. No new claims can be filed and the exemption is available for only 5 years at which time the exemption reverts to $120,000, except those over 90 years old. In Kauai County, the exemption is $120,000.

Sources

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 246A-2;
Rev. Ord. of the City and County of Honolulu § 8-10.4(e)(1); County of Honolulu § 8-10.4(e)
Kauai County (in effect for 2015).
RPA Exemption Information (n.d.) County of Kauai Department of Finance [http://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Finance/Real-Property/Exemption-Information Accessed on 10/06/2017] View Archived Source

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