Hawaii County Tsunami Tax Remission

From the Mayor’s Office:

Any taxpayer who experienced destruction or damage to their real property due to the recent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011, should file a claim for remission of real property taxes, it was announced by Mayor Billy Kenoi.  Although the deadline for filing this claim is June 30, 2011, taxpayers should file the claim as soon as possible, if they have not already done so.

According to County Finance Director Nancy Crawford, taxpayers should access the Real Property Tax website at http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com under the Forms and Instructions tab and Miscellaneous to obtain the appropriate form and information about the remission of taxes.  Taxpayers may also contact the appraisal section of the Real Property Tax Office at 75-5706 Kuakini Highway, Suite 112 , Kailua-Kona , Hawaii 96740 or call 323-4881 to obtain forms and information.  Taxpayers may also contact the Hilo office at 961-8354.  Before filing the claim, taxpayers should be aware that this method of filing is the only way to recover a portion of the real property taxes paid on property for the current tax year (7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011).

Each parcel is subject to a minimum tax in the amount of $100 and any remission will not reduce the total tax below this amount.  Since the real property tax assessment does not include personal property such as furniture, carpets or draperies, no remission will be made for this type of loss or damage.

The County does not tax personal property, only the assessed valuation of land and buildings.

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