Current Maui Property Taxes
How a Property’s Value is Assessed on Maui
The method by which property values are assessed varies from state to state. In Hawaii, property tax is assessed annually using the cost and market comparison approach. This assessment is conducted by the Real Property Assessment Division of the Department of Finance.
Considering that this value is critical in the overall costs of owning, a thoughtful approach is necessary as well as considerations of the classification of the property in its highest and best use. To determine fair market value, Maui uses the mass appraisal technique.
Mass Appraisal Technique
According to the International Association of Assessing Officers, the mass appraisal technique is the “process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date and using common data, standardized methods, and statistical testing.” What this means for Maui property taxpayers is that once a year, on January 1st, property values are assessed using a computer model of value.
This number will determine your property taxes for the new tax year that begins on July 1st of the same year. Forgoing a yearly inspection, this number is based on a previous inspection-based appraisal.
Classifications of Maui Property
The official mauicounty.gov website defines classifications as
Property is classified based upon its highest and best use.
Properties receiving homeowner exemptions, condominiums, permitted bed and breakfasts, and permitted transient vacation rentals are exceptions.
Properties that have been granted a homeowner exemption are classified as Homeowner.
Condominiums, such as Honua Kai, are classified upon consideration of their actual use (Apartment, Commercial, Hotel / Resort, Timeshare, Homeowner).
Properties that have been granted a bed and breakfast permit, a transient vacation rental permit, or a conditional permit to operate a transient vacation rental are classified as Commercialized Residential.
Maui Property Tax Rates for 2023-2024 (Per 1,000 of tax assessed value after any exemptions)
- Tier 1: up to $1M is $1.90
- Tier 2: $1M-3M is $2.00
- Tier 3: more than $3M is $2.75
Non-Owner Occupied Tiers:
- Tier 1: up to $1M is $5.85
- Tier 2: $1,001,000 to $4.5M is $8.00
- Tier 3: more than $4.5 is $12.50
Long Term Rental (Investment Property Being Used as Rental) Tiers
- Tier 1: Up to $1M is $3.00
- Tier 2: $1,000,001 to $3M is $5.00
- Tier 3: $More Than 3 Million is $8.00
Short-Term Rental Rate
Any Transient Vacation Rental or Short Term Rental is $11.85 per $1,000 of tax-assessed value
Apartment Tax Rate is $3.50
Commercial Tax Rate is $6.05
Industrial Tax Rate is $7.05
Agricultural Tax Rate is $5.74
Conservation Tax Rate is $6.43
Hotel and Resort Tax Rate is $11.75
Time Share Tax Rate is $14.60
Commercialized Residential Rate is $4.40
Qualifying for Homeowners Exemption
A homeowner’s exemption provides tax relief for Maui residents that alleviates some of the tax burden caused by higher-than-normal property values in the US. It reduces the tax-assessed value of your property by $200,000.
The homeowner’s exemption also allows you to claim homeowner classification providing an even lower rate. To meet the requirements for homeowners exemption, one must reside in the home for a period of 270 days every year, one must not rent the whole property at any given time, file income taxes as a Hawaii state resident the year prior to application, and your property taxes must be current at the time of filing. Give Evan a call at 808-214-4799 with any questions.
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