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Handyman Exemption Raised from $1,000 to $1,500

If you have ever had to perform any small house improvement jobs, you probably have used an unlicensed contractor, commonly known as a “handyman.”

The good news is if you are the owner or lessee of your property and need handyman work, the “handyman exemption” threshold has just been raised from $1,000 to $1,500.

What is the “Handyman Exemption”?

Under the newly revised “handyman exemption” of Chapter 444, Hawaii Revised Statutes, you will be allowed to hire a “handyman” person not licensed as a contractor if the total value of the project, including labor and materials, is equal to or less than $1,500.

However, this does not apply to projects which require a building permit or electrical or plumbing work. Also, the handyman exemption will only apply to labor and materials.

“Taxes and all other items” was removed, so the General Excise Tax will no longer be included as part of the $1,500 exemption.

The increased handyman exemption amount is effective as of July 10, 2019 and was enacted without the Governor’s signature.

For further information about this revised law, please refer to Hawaii State Legislature Website.

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