Aloha from DOTAX!
Our mission is to administer the tax laws of the State of Hawaii in a consistent, uniform, and fair manner.
- Tax System Modernization Program
May 5, 2016
The Department is undergoing a major modernization effort to transform its operations and meet the rising expectations of today’s taxpayers. The Tax System Modernization Program is a collection of projects slated for completion by 2020. Almost every technical system used by the Department will be upgraded or replaced, especially old systems that no longer meet Hawaii’s needs. While the process of putting in new technology might lead to temporary performance hits, new tax systems will ultimately result in better taxpayer service and improved enforcement of tax laws.
- Hawaii Tax ID Number Changes
May 5, 2016
When tax accounts move to the new system, existing Hawaii Tax Identification Numbers associated with general excise, transient accommodation, use, sellers collection, rental motor vehicle, and county surcharge tax types will be replaced with a new account number format. The new account number format makes it easy to distinguish between taxpayer ID and tax account numbers. Tax account number prefixes also make it possible to know the associated tax type at a glance. To avoid inconveniencing taxpayers, the Department of Taxation will always continue to support tracking old account numbers and processing returns/payments received with old account numbers.
Taxpayers with active accounts can expect to receive new license certificates reflecting their new account numbers by August 31, 2016. After receiving new account numbers, taxpayers should provide them to financial institutions and other businesses as needed. This will help prevent any future confusion when tax forms and other documents are updated to reflect the new account number format.
- Tax Announcement 2016-07
July 27, 2016
Tax Law Changes from the 2016 Regular Legislative Session
This Announcement lists and summarizes the Acts, enacted as part of the State of Hawaii’s 2016 Legislative Session, amending or affecting the State tax law.
- Council on Revenues Meeting
July 25, 2016
The next general fund meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
- Tax Announcement 2016-06
July 15, 2016
Summary and Digest of the Hawaii Supreme Court decision in Travelocity.com, L.P. v. Director of Taxation, 135 Hawaii 88 (2015)
On March 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Hawaii issued its decision in Travelocity.com, L.P. v. Director of Taxation, 135 Hawaii 88 (2015), holding that online travel companies (OTCs), including Travelocity.com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, Hotwire, Inc., and Priceline.com, are subject to Hawaii’s general excise tax (GET), but not subject to Hawaii’s transient accommodations tax (TAT).
- 2016 Tax Workshops
July 14, 2016
Save the Date! The Department of Taxation’s 2016 Summer Workshops will be held on:
Kona – Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Hilo – Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Kauai – Friday, August 5, 2016
Oahu – Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Maui – Thursday, August 18, 2016
- Update: Tax Refunds
January 8, 2016For the 2016 tax season, the Department has adopted additional safeguards that may delay tax refunds for some taxpayers, but not all, for up to 16 weeks. We encourage taxpayers who are expecting refunds to file early. By filing early, taxpayers are more likely to receive their refund quicker. Interest may be paid if your refund is not issued by July 20, 2016. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to expedite the processing of all tax returns and ask for the public’s continued patience.
- TAT License Advertising Rules Forthcoming
January 4, 2016
Act 204, Session Laws of Hawaii 2015, became effective January 1, 2016, and requires that operators of transient accommodations designate an on-island local contact and display that contact’s name, phone number and email address inside the unit, and provide that information either in online advertisements, or to the guest upon check-in. Act 204 also requires that a unit’s TAT license number be displayed both inside the unit itself and in all online advertisements, either directly in the advertisement or by a link. Temporary administrative rules will be issued shortly to help clarify the TAT license number advertising and posting requirements, including how penalties may be assessed.
- UPDATE: New Lockbox for GET payments Launched
December 16, 2015
GET taxpayers should mail their GET payments to a new, separate P.O. Box to expedite processing of GET payments:
GET Returns (Form G-45) – P.O. Box 1425, Honolulu, HI 96806-1425
GET Payments (Form VP-1 plus payment) – P.O.Box 1730, Honolulu, HI 96806-1730.
For more information, click here.
Hawaii Tax ID Number Changes
Existing Hawaii Tax Identification Numbers associated with general excise, transient accommodation, use, sellers collection, rental motor vehicle, and county surcharge tax types will be replaced with a new account number format. Find out more.
Tax System Modernization Program
The Department is undergoing a major modernization effort to transform its operations and meet the rising expectations of today’s taxpayers. Find out more.
Tax Practitioner Priority Office
The Practitioner Priority Specialist is the first point of contact for registered tax practitioners who have State tax related issues. Find out more.
Taxpayer Advocate Office
If you have unsuccessfully tried to solve a State tax problem through the normal channels or if you believe that your rights as a taxpayer have been abridged, the Taxpayer Advocate may be able to assist you. Find out more.
Administrative Appeals Office
The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) is responsible for administering the Administrative Appeals and Dispute Resolution (AADR) program. AADR is a streamlined process to appeal an audit assessment. 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
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.
Tax Review Commission 2015-2017
Every five years a State Tax Review Commission conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The current Commission will present its report to the 2018 legislative session, and will be dissolved upon adjournment of the session. 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.