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Our mission is to administer the tax laws for the State of Hawaii in a consistent, uniform, and fair manner.

What’s New

  • Notices of Public Hearings
    September 12, 2014
    The Department will hold three public hearings on Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Princess Ruth Keelikolani Building, Room 310, to allow the public to comment on the proposed adoption of the following administrative rules.
     • Public hearing on proposed rules relating to cash economy enforcement. A copy of the proposed rules can be found here: Standard formatRamseyer format
     • Public hearing on proposed rules relating to offers in compromise. A copy of the proposed rules can be found here: Standard formatRamseyer format
     • Public hearing on proposed rules relating to the definition of ‘person totally disabled’ for purposes of Income and General Excise Tax Law. A copy of the proposed rules can be found here: Standard formatRamseyer format.
  • Council on Revenues Meeting, November 3, 2014
    September 10, 2014
  • Tax Announcement 2014-05
    September 8, 2014
    Tax-Related Acts from the 2014 Regular Legislative Session
    The purpose of this Announcement is to list and summarize the Acts, enacted as part of the State of Hawaii’s 2014 Legislative Session, amending or affecting the State Tax Law. Specifically this announcement will address:
     • Act 42, Relating to General Excise Tax Wholesale Rate Imposed Upon Sale of Tangible Personal Property
     • Act 44, Relating to the Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes
     • Act 88, Relating to Conformity of the Hawaii Income Tax Law to the Internal Revenue Code
     • Act 89, Relating to Taxpayer Education
     • Act 101, Relating to Tax Credits
     • Act 107, Relating to Energy
     • Act 110, Relating to a Car-Sharing Vehicle Surcharge Tax
     • Act 136, Relating to Financial Audit of the State of Hawaii by the Legislative Auditor
     • Act 143, Relating to the General Excise Tax
     • Act 174, Relating to Transient Accommodations Tax
     • Act 200, Relating to the Capital Infrastructure Tax Credit
     • Act 235, Relating to Condominium Associations
  • Message from the Department
    August 29, 2014
    RESCHEDULED 2014 Summer Workshops: The Department’s Summer Workshops for Maui and Kona had been cancelled due to Tropical Storm Iselle. The new dates are:
    September 24, 2014 (Maui) and October 2, 2014 (Kona). New registrations will be accepted. Register online at: (Maui) or (Kona). For more information, please contact the University of Hawaii Maui College (984-3231) or Hawaii Community College (934-2700).
  • Message from the Department
    August 1, 2014
      Recently, some taxpayers have received balance due notices although they had submitted a payment via paper check close to the April 20th deadline. Please disregard this notice if you have paid your outstanding balance in full.
      If you did send in a duplicate income tax payment, our system will automatically generate a refund for you. You do not need to do anything more for the refund to be processed. Please note, however, that it could take approximately 2-3 weeks for the refund check to be processed.
  • Free Tax Return Preparation and Free Electronic Filing
    February 25, 2014
    Prepare your individual income tax returns and file electronically for free.

Renewable Energy Credit

We have information on the Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit (RETITC). Find out more.

Act 326 Transient Accommodation Reporting

Act 326, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, requires both operators of transient accommodations and associations of unit/apartment owners or planned community associations (“Associations”) to report certain information. Find out more.

Online Certificate of Vendor Compliance (HCE)

Expedites your ability to furnish proof of compliance with the requirements of 103D-310(c), HRS. Find out more.

General Excise Tax/County Surcharge

Effective January 1, 2007, the General Excise and Use Tax was amended to provide a county surcharge thereby increasing the GET and Use tax rate for transactions attributable to the county. Find out more.

Report Tax Violations

To ensure that all sectors of Hawaii’s economy, especially those that transact business in cash, pay their fair share of taxes; and to prevent, through enforcement and deterrence, the shortchanging of those that comply with Hawaii tax laws. Find out more.

Council on Revenues

The Council reports its latest revenue forecast to the governor and the legislature on June 1, September 10, January 10, and March 15 of each year. In addition, the Council prepares estimates of the state total personal income for such calendar years as are necessary for establishing the state expenditure ceiling. Find out more.