Maui tax board member needed

A Maui island seat on the state Board of Taxation Review is vacant and qualified volunteers are being sought, said Gov. David Ige’s office.

The boards informally hear and decide disputes between taxpayers and tax assessors, as an alternative to filing formal appeals with the Hawaii Tax Appeals Court.

Currently, there are 10 total vacancies for boards on Maui, Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii island.

Department of Taxation Director Rona Suzuki said there is a backlog of 200 cases because of the vacancies.

“Without functional boards, appeals are not being heard and decisions are not being made,” Suzuki said. “Voluntary service boards are critical to providing an independent body that will handle matters such as these tax appeals.”

Taxation review boards may hear a wide range of cases with the exception of matters involving the U.S. Constitution or federal laws. The boards are required to hold at least one public meeting annually.

Board members must be current residents of the island on which they serve.

For more information or to apply, go to boards.hawaii.gov or contact Sharon Ibarra at boards.commissions@hawaii.gov.


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