Rental car providers oppose county’s new proposed tax course

LIHU‘E — Key rental-car or truck organizations are opposing a invoice just before the Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — Key rental-car or truck organizations are opposing a invoice just before the Kaua‘i County Council that seeks to generate and outline a serious-property-tax class for rental-auto fleets.

The invoice was released in July as a signifies of taxing the tourism field for its impacts on county infrastructure.

“We believe the evaluate unfairly assumes that the rental-auto business disproportionately impacts county infrastructure and streets,” Mark Cochrane, controller for Business Holdings in Hawai‘i, said on Wednesday at a council community hearing on the invoice.

Monthly bill No. 2828, introduced by Councilmember Luke Evslin by ask for of the administration, would quantify a automobile-rental fleet as far more than 10 cars and trucks. At this time, rental-car firms are taxed in the industrial course, which runs $8.10 per $1,000 net assessed valuation. In the current sort of the bill, there is no established amount for the proposed tax course.

Cochrane approximated that rental automobiles only make up about 8.5% of vehicles on Kaua‘i.

“Therefore, we are speaking about a lesser amount of money of overall vehicles,” Cochrane said. “In addition, the form of vehicles that we are leasing are passenger motor vehicles. We do not hire any heavyweight, business-sized cars, so the use does not cause the same amount of destruction as a greater vehicle could.”

Cochrane on behalf of clientele Organization Holdings, Alamo Lease-A-Automobile, National Automobile Rental and Business Commute, in prepared testimony also pointed to the unfair character of this bill not similarly taxing going companies, tour operators, vehicle dealerships, mail carriers and other companies that also are in the business of moving goods or men and women with autos.

“Why is the rental-automobile business being singled out when there are numerous other corporations that aid vehicular usage on the island, such as shipping and delivery expert services, that do not stay within the confines of the parcel taxed?” Robert Muhs of Avis Budget Group wrote, echoing that stage. “This is an equal-protection concern.”

The rental-car business now pays into the condition standard excise tax, a $5 per working day rent tax, a 10% airport concession fee and a $4.50 for every working day consolidation facility demand.

The county’s actual-residence tax is centered on use, which provides the county the ability to tax various makes use of independently based mostly on the fundamental assessed worth of the assets. Actual-assets-tax classification runs with the use on the land, likewise to how the county taxes shorter-expression holiday rentals separately from the assets of a household home.

“The pandemic has offered unparalleled worries, and our marketplace is nevertheless recovering,” Muhs stated. “Bill 2828 will build an undue stress not only on readers, but on Hawai‘i people that have to have to rent cars and trucks.”


Sabrina Bodon, editor, can be reached at 245-0441 or [email protected]