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Hawaii Sales Tax Guide for Businesses

Sales Tax Rate
4.0%
Local Taxes
Yes
Website
Department of Taxation
Tax Line
808-587-4242

Unliked most states, rather than having a sales tax, Hawaii has a “General Excise Tax” (GET). Visit the Hawaii Department of Taxation to read more about Hawaii’s General Excise Tax.

When are Hawaii General Excise Tax 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.

How often you are required to file general excise tax in Hawaii follows this general rule:

Average Monthly Tax Liability Filing Frequency
$333.34 and up Monthly
$166.67 to $333.33 Quarterly
$0 to $166.66 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.

2017 Hawaii Monthly Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Taxable Period Due Date
*January February 21, 2017*
February March 20, 2017
March April 20, 2017
*April May 22, 2017*
May June 20, 2017
June July 20, 2017
*July August 21, 2017*
August September 20, 2017
September October 20, 2017
October November 20, 2017
November December 20, 2017
* December January 22, 2018*

*indicates a due date pushed back due to a weekend or holiday

2017 Hawaii Quarterly Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Taxable Period Due Date
Q1 (Jan - Mar) April 20, 2017
Q2 (Apr-Jun) July 20, 2017
Q3 (Jul-Sep) October 20, 2017
*Q4 (Oct-Dec) January 22, 2018*

2017 Hawaii Annual Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Taxable Period Due Date
*Year 2017 January 22, 2018*
Rank City Population County Total SalesTax
1 Honolulu 352,769 Honolulu 4.500%
2 East Honolulu 48,092 Honolulu 4.500%
3 Pearl City 47,021 Honolulu 4.500%
4 Hilo 45,380 Hawaii 4.000%
5 Waipahu 41,165 Honolulu 4.500%
6 Kailua 38,722 Honolulu 4.500%
7 Kaneohe 33,654 Honolulu 4.500%
8 Kahului 28,476 Maui 4.000%
9 Mililani 28,021 Honolulu 4.500%
10 Ewa Gentry 22,676 Honolulu 4.500%
11 Kihei 22,401 Maui 4.000%
12 Mililani Mauka 21,055 Honolulu 4.500%
13 Schofield Barracks 20,858 Honolulu 4.500%
14 Makakilo 20,631 Honolulu 4.500%
15 Kapolei 18,737 Honolulu 4.500%
16 Wahiawa 17,484 Honolulu 4.500%
17 Wailuku 16,064 Maui 4.000%
18 Halawa 14,812 Honolulu 4.500%
19 Ewa Beach 14,287 Honolulu 4.500%
20 Royal Kunia 14,198 Honolulu 4.500%

Top 20 Most Populous Cities in Hawaii and their Sales Tax Rates (Hawaii General Excise Tax is 4.5% for all sales)

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