Hawaii Sales Tax

On this page you will find handy sales and use tax information about Hawaii.

How to use this page:

We’ve pulled in the information from all our Charts for a consolidated view by state.  Here you can see the sales tax rates and if the state has remote seller nexus rules. You can also see any sales tax holidays or amnesty programs that may exist, though these do not apply to all states.

Below the chart you can find any News & Tip item we have published that relates to Hawaii that you can filter by topic. This will help you get informed on current and past legislation that has passed in the state.

State Rate

4.000% There is a .500% use tax on merchandise imported into the state for resale purposes. Imports for consumption are taxed at the same rate as the sales tax. The state has reduced rates for sales of certain types of items.

Range of Local Rates

0% – 0.5% Some local jurisdictions do not impose a sales tax.

Local Rates Apply to Use Tax

N/A

State Notices & Resources for Remote Sellers

Use this state by state guide to find each state\’s initial guidance on how to proceed post-Wayfair, state resources such as FAQs, and any state activity such as going through a legislative process that impacts remote sellers.

Remote Seller Resources

Comprehensive list of resources for remote sellers following the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision – including state notices, videos, articles, training opportunities, and more.

House Introduces Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018

On September 13, 2018, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and additional U.S. House members introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision In South Dakota v. Wayfair

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, ruling in favor of South Dakota and overturning Quill’s physical presence rule.

Hawaii Enacts Economic Nexus Legislation

Hawaii has enacted economic nexus legislation, effective July 1, 2018 and applicable to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017.

Multistate Tax Commission Updates Its Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption Certificate

The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) revised its Multijurisdictional Uniform Sales & Use Tax Exemption/Resale Certificate on January 22, 2018 to reflect two state changes.

Record Number of Sellers Participate in 2017 MTC Amnesty Program

The volume of applicants for the 2017 online marketplace seller tax amnesty program overwhelmed the Multistate Tax Commission.

Multistate Tax Commission Announces Tax Amnesty Program for Online Sellers

The MTC organized a tax amnesty program for online sellers, running from August 17 to November 1, 2017. The voluntary disclosure program allowed sellers to start remitting sales tax on future sales without penalty or liability for unpaid, prior accumulated sales tax in 25 participating states.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017 Introduced

Under the proposed House bill, a state may tax or regulate a person’s activity in interstate commerce only when the person is physically present in the state during the period in which the tax or regulation is imposed.

Congress Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017 and Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017

Introduced on April 27, 2017, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017, if enacted, would authorize states meeting certain requirements to require remote sellers that do not meet a small seller exception to collect their state and local sales and use taxes.

Online Sales Simplification Act of 2016 Discussion Draft is Introduced

The proposed legislation would implement a “hybrid origin” approach for remote sales. States could impose sales tax on remote sales if the origin state participates in a clearinghouse.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016 Introduced

Taking the opposite approach of the Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transactions Parity Act, the proposed bill would limit the ability of states to require remote sellers to collect use tax. However, the bill failed to pass.

Hawaii Updates Voluntary Disclosure Process

Hawaii updated its voluntary disclosure process, effective 05/25/16. More…

Congress Approves Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act

Congress approved a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act, signed into law by the President 02/24/16. More…

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Through October 1, 2016

The President signed an act to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act through 10/01/16. More…

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Until December 11, 2015

U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act until 12/11/15. More…

House Introduces Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015

U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 on 06/15/15. More…

Hawaii Requires Clearance Certificates for Businesses to Sell Goods or Bid on Contracts

Businesses and organizations must obtain federal and state tax clearance certificates to sell goods or contract with the state of Hawaii. More…

Senate Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015

On March 10, 2015, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015.

Internet Tax Freedom Act Extended Until October 1, 2015, Permanent Extension Introduced

On December 16, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an act including a provision that extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act until October 1, 2015.

Internet Tax Freedom Act is Extended through December 11, 2014

President Barack Obama has signed federal legislation extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act through December 11, 2014.

Hawaii House of Representatives Passes SST Conformity Legislation

Hawaii’s House of Representatives has passed legislation that would conform the state’s general excise tax laws to the provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax (SST) Agreement, generally effective July 1, 2030, or on the date Hawaii becomes a…

New Federal Digital Goods and Services Bill Proposed

Representative Lamar Smith (Republican, Texas) has introduced a bill to bar multiple taxes on digital goods and services. Smith had proposed an earlier bill which failed to pass. This bill is a revised version of the earlier bill. The proposed…

Hawaii Senate Passes SST Conformity Legislation

Legislation has been passed by the Hawaii Senate that would conform Hawaii general excise tax laws with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax (SST) Agreement, generally effective July 1, 2050. To achieve the required single state tax rate for the…