This report assesses certain tax exemptions and exclusions from Hawai‘i’s General Excise Tax and Use Tax. Section 23-71 et seq., Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, requires the Auditor to annually review different tax exemptions, exclusions, and credits on a 10-year recurring cycle. This report is our first review under these statutes.

AUDITOR’S SUMMARY Report 21-06 This report assesses the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production Income Tax Credit and the Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit. Section 23-91 et seq., Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, requires the Auditor to annually review different tax credits, exclusions, and deductions on a five-year recurring cycle. In 2018, Hawai‘i’s tax laws ...
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AUDITOR’S SUMMARY Financial Statements, Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2020 THE PRIMARY PURPOSE of the audit was to form an opinion on the fairness of the presentation of the financial statements for the O‘ahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, as of and for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020, 
and to comply with the requirements of ...
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AUDITOR’S SUMMARY Fifty-one funds proposed in 2021 did not meet criteria We reviewed 75 House and Senate bills proposing 51 special and revolving funds during the 2021 legislative session of which none met criteria. ONLY ABOUT HALF OF THE MONEY the State spends each year comes from its main financial account, the general fund. The ...
Read More 21-04, Proposed Special and Revolving Fund Analyses

We reviewed 70 funds and accounts administered by the Department of Health (DOH) and its administratively attached agency, the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). We found 7 special funds, 1 revolving fund, 3 trust funds, and 2 trust accounts did not meet criteria. We recommended 7 special funds be repealed or closed. We also recommended that 1 revolving fund, 2 trust accounts, and 1 trust fund be reclassified. Lastly, we recommended that DOH reevaluate and reclassify two trust funds because multiple programs, with distinct purposes, intents, and uses, appear to be operating out of these funds.