Free Tax Return Preparation and Electronic Filing
- Go to www.irs.gov, and search for “free tax preparation”.
- Try myfreetaxes.com. The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free online state and federal tax preparation for individuals or families with a combined household income of less than $62,000 in 2015. This software is part of the Internal Revenue Service’s Facilitated Self Assistance Program and is provided as a self-service alternative to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Please see Internal Revenue Service Publication 5047 for more information regarding Facilitated Self Assistance.
- E-file through the State’s website – Individuals and businesses can file a variety of Hawaii tax returns and make payments electronically using e-file. There is no fee to file; however, there is a fee to make a payment.
Council on Revenues (COR)
The COR, which is administratively attached to the Department of Taxation, prepares reports that forecast growth to total personal income and tax revenues. These reports, which are prepared for the governor, legislature, and other government officials, are used in the preparation of the state budget, appropriations, and expenditures.
Counties in Hawaii
The State of Hawaii has four counties. Each county administers real property taxes and motor vehicle taxes. Please visit the applicable county website for more information.
Hawaii Business Express (HBE)
Use HBE to register a new business online. HBE simplifies the registration process through a one-stop online registration portal that allows a new business to register with three different state agencies (Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Department of Taxation, and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations).
Hawaii Compliance Express (HCE)
Vendors doing business with state or county agencies may use HCE to apply online for a Certificate of Vendor Compliance. This certificate may be submitted in place of a tax clearance, labor certificate, and a Certificate of Good Standing.
Hawaii State Legislature
The Hawaii State Legislature is responsible for making Hawaii’s laws. Information about the legislative process including information on bills, reports, acts, tracking legislation, and submitting and viewing testimony is available on the Legislature’s website.
Information Privacy & Security Council (IPSC)
The IPSC was formed to protect the security of personal information collected and maintained by state and county government agencies. Information on industry best practices, tools, and resources for information security has been compiled and is available on the IPSC’s website.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS is a bureau of the federal Department of the Treasury and responsible for collecting federal taxes and administering the Internal Revenue Code. Information including federal tax forms and instructions is available on the IRS’ website.
Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA)
The FTA was organized to improve the quality of state tax administration by providing services to state tax authorities and administrators. These services include research and information exchange, training, and intergovernmental and interstate coordination. Information about state taxes including links to the websites of other states’ taxing agencies is available on the FTA’s website.
Multistate Tax Commission (MTC)
The MTC is an intergovernmental state tax agency working on behalf of states and taxpayers to administer, equitably and efficiently, tax laws that apply to multistate and multinational enterprises. Information about the nexus program, MTC audit program, multi-state voluntary disclosure program, and other resources is available on the MTC’s website.
State of Hawaii
The official website of the State of Hawaii provides information for residents, visitors and businesses with links to all state departments and agencies.