Mayor Victorino Announces Another Deferral
We have made many suggestions for tax relief, tax rebates or tax exemptions to the County of Maui, and nothing has stuck. Real Property Tax department says they do not make changes to the tax rates or amounts once the budget is set. However the Real Property Tax department knows that property owners are struggling, and the County has just offered additional time on their deferment period.
Here is the info from their press release:
Mayor Michael Victorino has just authorized a 90-day extension, now to Nov. 19, 2020, for the deferral of the 10 percent penalty for Real Property Taxes that was due on Aug. 20, 2020, because of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, the deferral provides taxpayers from Aug. 20 to Nov. 19, 2020, to make payments without penalty. But, they are encouraged to pay their bills on time, as usual, to avoid the standard 1 percent monthly interest charge for unpaid balances after Aug. 31st. Previously, Mayor Victorino had granted a 60-day extension.
“I hope this additional time will help our community cope with the financial impacts of COVID-19,” Mayor Victorino said. “We want to make sure our residents and businesses aren’t penalized for not being able to pay the full amount immediately due to financial hardship.”
Tax penalty deferral details:
- The deferral only impacts taxes due on Aug. 20, 2020
- Taxpayers are now allowed to spread out payments from Aug. 20 through Nov. 19, 2020
- All taxes due on Aug. 20 must be paid in full by Nov. 19 to avoid penalty
- 1 percent interest on unpaid balances after Aug. 20 will not be waived; it will accrue monthly on Sept. 1, Oct. 1 and Nov. 1
- Any outstanding balance owed as of Nov. 20, 2020, will be assessed the 10 percent penalty
Note: Under the Maui County Code, the Director of Finance is allowed extensions of only up to 90 days. So, there will be no further extensions.
Deferred payments may be sent to:
County of Maui
Department of Finance
Real Property Tax Collection
70 E. Kaahumanu Ave., Suite A-18
Kahului, HI 96732
The Real Property Tax Collections Office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Its phone number is (808) 270-7697.
More information is available at www.mauipropertytax.com