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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — State looking for qualified applicants for Taxation Review Boards across the state

Posted on Nov 22, 2019 in Latest Department News, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU –  The Office of the Governor is seeking qualified volunteers for the Boards of Taxation Review across the state. The boards informally hear and decide disputes between taxpayers and tax assessors, as an alternative to filing formal appeals with the Hawai‘i Tax Appeals Court.

There are currently three vacancies on the O‘ahu board, five vacancies on the Kaua‘i board, and one each on Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

“Right now, there is a backlog of about 200 cases because of vacancies on the boards. Without functional boards, appeals are not being heard and decisions are not being made. Voluntary service boards are critical to providing an independent body that will handle matters such as these tax appeals,” said Department of Taxation Director Rona Suzuki.

The Taxation Review boards may hear a wide range of cases with the exception of matters involving the United States 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 or contact Sharon Ibarra at [email protected].



Media Contacts:
Jodi Leong
Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0043
Mobile: 808-798-3929
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Cindy McMillan
Communications Director
Office of the Governor
Office: 808-586-0012
Mobile: 808-265-7974
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