How to Register for a Sales Tax Permit in Hawaii

by TaxJar July 25, 2017

Last updated January 12, 2018

These instructions will help you secure a Hawaii sales tax license. But first, it’s important to note that Hawaii doesn’t have what we think of as traditional U.S. sales tax. They have a general excise tax (GET). So in this case, you’ll be registering for your Hawaii GET permit.  For more information about sales tax in Hawaii check out our Hawaii Sales Tax Guide for Businesses.

1. Who needs a sales tax permit in Hawaii?

Most sellers with any kind of presence in Hawaii, including providing services, will likely be subject to the general excise tax (GET). Hawaii defines doing business in their General Excise Tax law, chapter 237-2 (Starts on p. 4 of this link).

2. How do you register for a sales tax permit in Hawaii?

To register online, visit the Hawaii Tax Online website.

You can also apply in person at any Hawaii Department of Taxation District Offices.

3. What information do you need to register for a sales tax permit in Hawaii?

  • Personal identification info (SSN, address, etc.)
  • Business identification info (EIN, address, etc.)
  • Corporate entity type (S-Corp, sole-prop, etc.)
  • Your accounting period (calendar or fiscal year)
  • Your accounting method (cash or accrual)
  • Other miscellaneous info depending on your business

4. How much does it cost to apply for a sales tax permit in Hawaii?

It costs $20 to apply for a Hawaii GET permit. Other Hawaii business registration fees may apply, depending on your business.

5. How long does it take to receive your Hawaii sales tax permit?

If you register for your Hawaii GET permit online, you can expect to receive your permit number in 3-5 days. If you mail your application or apply by walk-in, you can expect to receive it within 10-15 working days.

6. Do you have to renew your Hawaii sales tax permit?

No, it is not necessary to renew your Hawaii general excise tax permit periodically.

You can read more about applying for a GET permit in Hawaii here.

7. How can I learn more about Hawaii sales tax?

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