Hawaii Sales Tax Sales Tax Guide for Businesses

Economic Sales Threshold

$100,000

Transactions Threshold

200

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Do you need to collect sales tax in Hawaii?

You’ll need to collect sales tax in Hawaii if you have nexus there. There are two ways that sellers can be tied to a state when it comes to nexus: physical or economic. Physical nexus means having enough tangible presence or activity in a state to merit paying sales tax in that state. Economic nexus means passing a states’ economic threshold for total revenue or the number of transactions in that state.


Do you have physical nexus in Hawaii?

Unlike most states, rather than having a sales tax, Hawaii has a “General Excise Tax” (GET). Most businesses with any kind of presence in Hawaii, including providing services, will likely be subject to the general excise tax. Hawaii defines doing business in their General Excise Tax law, chapter 237-2 (Starts on p. 4 of this link).

Visit the Hawaii Department of Taxation to read more about Hawaii’s General Excise Tax.


Do you have economic nexus in Hawaii?

Effective July 1, 2018, Hawaii considers vendors who make more than $100,000 in sales annually or more than 200 transactions in the state in the previous or current calendar year to have economic nexus. This means the state considers these vendors obligated to collect sales tax from buyers in the state. You can read Hawaii’s economic nexus guidance for sellers here.


Is what you’re selling taxable?

In Hawaii, most tangible products are subject to their general excise tax. There are exemptions for medical devices.

Services in Hawaii are also generally subject to general excise tax.


How to get a sales tax permit in Hawaii

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). If you need to collect sales tax in Hawaii, you would need to register for your Hawaii GET permit.

To register online, visit the Hawaii Tax Online website. You can also apply in person at any Hawaii Department of Taxation District Offices.

You need this information 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

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


How to Collect Sales Tax in Hawaii

Hawaii is a destination-based sales tax state. So if you live in Hawaii, collect sales tax based on the sales tax rate at your buyer’s address.

You can look up your local sales tax rate with TaxJar’s Sales Tax Calculator.

The Hawaii general excise tax rate is 4.00%

Should you collect sales tax on shipping charges in Hawaii?

If you are shipping to someone within Hawaii, then you would be responsible for GET on the total gross proceeds of the sale. This includes any shipping or delivery charges. (I.e. Unless you want to pay out of pocket, charge the GET on shipping charges to your buyers.) Learn more about how to handle shipping charges in Hawaii here.


When are Returns Due?

When you file and pay Hawaii general excise tax depends on two things: your assigned filing frequency and the state’s due dates.

How often will you file general excise tax returns in Hawaii?

States assign you a filing frequency when you register for your general excise tax permit. In most states, how often you file general excise tax is based on the amount of general excise tax you collect from buyers in the state.

In Hawaii, you will be required to file and remit general excise tax either monthly, quarterly or annually.

Hawaii general excise tax returns are always due the 20th of the month following the reporting period. If the filing due date falls on a weekend or holiday, general excise tax is generally due the next business day.


Filing Sales Tax

When it comes time to file sales tax in Hawaii you must do three things:

  1. Calculate how much sales tax you owe
  2. File a sales tax return
  3. Make a payment
How to Calculate How Much Sales Tax You Owe in Hawaii

Calculating how much sales tax you should remit to the state of Hawaii is easy with TaxJar’s Hawaii state sales tax report.

All you do is connect the channels through which you sell – including Amazon, eBay, Shopify, Square and more – and we’ll calculate exactly how much sales tax you collected. All the information you need to file your Hawaii sales tax return will be waiting for you in TaxJar. All you have to do is login.

How to File and Pay Sales Tax in Hawaii

You have two options for filing and paying your Hawaii sales tax:

  • File online at the Hawaii Tax Online. You can remit your payment through their online system.
  • AutoFile – Let TaxJar file your sales tax for you. We take care of the payments, too. You’ll never have to worry about spreadsheets, calculations or filling out complex sales tax returns.




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