— Hawaii’s new property tax rates effective July 1st, 2021 through June 30th, 2022. (Fiscal 2021)
See related article: Guide To Honolulu Property Taxes
Maui County introduced several changes over last year. All other property tax rates remain the same.
Recap – Oahu’s Two-Tiered Residential Rate ‘A’:
For residential properties other than your principal residence (No Home Exemption, this is either a 2nd home or a rental property) with an assessed value at $1Mill or above, the assessed value above $1Mill is taxed at $10.50 per $1,000 assessed value (1.05%).
Oahu’s property tax rate Residential ‘A’ applies to the following properties with a tax assessed value at $1Mill or above:
- Condominium units without Home Exemption.
- Residential lots zoned R-3.5, R-5, R-7.5, R-10, R-20, with either one or two single-family homes, without Home Exemption.
- Residential vacant lots zoned R-3.5, R-5, R-7.5, R-10, and R-20.
If you own a residential property on Oahu other than your principal residence (No Home Exemption – either a 2nd home or a rental property) with a tax assessed value below $1Mill, your property tax rate is $3.50. – Residential ‘A’ only kicks in if your property’s tax assessed value is $1Mill or above.
This Is How The Two-Tiered Residential Rate ‘A’ Gets Calculated:
If you own residential property on Oahu other than your principal residence (No Home Exemption – either a 2nd home or a rental property) with a tax assessed value above $1Mill, your blended property tax rate is $4.50 for the assessed value up to $1Mill, plus $10.50 for any portion of the assessed value above $1Mill.
– Example: A residential property without Home Exemption and a net assessed value of $2Mill is taxed $15,000/y ($4.5K on the 1st $1Mill plus $10.5K on the additional value above $1Mill).
What Can You Do About It?
If you are eligible, as an owner occupant you may claim your Home Exemption by September 30, 2021, but only if the property is your primary residence. The home exemption reduces your property tax rate to the low $3.50 per $1,000 (0.35%) residential rate starting July 1st, 2022.
See related article: Two Tips How To Lower Your Honolulu Property Tax
Oahu tax bills will be mailed to property owners by July 20, 2021, and payment is due by August 20, 2021.
See related article: Claim Your Honolulu Home Exemption
Recap – Oahu’s Home Exemption Brackets:
- The standard home exemption amount is: $100K
- 65 to 79 years of age: $140K (you must be 65 years of age by June 30th preceding the tax year the exemption is filed).
The following home exemptions are available subject to meeting the required age by June 30th preceding the tax year the exemption is filed:
- 80 to 84 years of age: $160,000
- 85 to 89 years of age: $180,000
- 90 years of age and over: $200,000
However, these last three home exemption brackets for owners age 80 and older are also subject to a) re-applying every 5 years (!), and b) subject to “low-income” limits as per Section 8-1 0.20(a). “Low-income” means the annual income of the household can not exceed 80% of the area’s median income for the county as established and updated annually by the US Dept of HUD.
This city ordinance CO-19-7 and several others tend to include some tripwires to automatically revert to a more favorable tax revenue default setting.
That’s a bit sneaky if you think about it. How many low-income 80 years and older residents do you think will remember to re-apply every 5 years for the next home exemption bracket. Otherwise, they will automatically drop back down into the lower $140,000 home exemption bracket. — Be in the know and mark your calendar to re-apply again 5 years from now.
The new tax assessment notices for the fiscal year 2022 (starts July 1, 2022) will be sent by December 15, 2021. You may appeal the newly assessed value only between December 15, 2021, to January 15, 2022.
See related article: How To Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment
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