The Hawaii (HI) state sales tax rate is currently 4.0%. Depending on local municipalities, the total tax rate can be as high as 4.5%.

Other, local-level tax rates in the state of Hawaii are quite complex compared against local-level tax rates in other states. Hawaii sales tax may also be levied at the city/county/school/transportation and SPD (special purpose district) levels.

Hawaii sales tax has numerous local taxing levels that must be monitored and maintained on a regular basis, it is complex and time consuming due to the volume of jurisdictions.

Hawaii sales tax has numerous local taxing levels that must be monitored and maintained on a regular basis, it is complex and time consuming due to the volume of jurisdictions.

How to Register

In Hawaii, all businesses must file with the state before filing and paying the General Excise Tax (GET).

In Hawaii, all business registrations are filed with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Business Registration Division. No county filings are necessary.

How to File and Pay

To apply for a GET license, companies can either apply via the web or mail.

Online: Use Hawaii Business Express to register for a GET license.

By mail: Fill out and mail in the appropriate forms.

Hawaii doesn’t have a sales tax, but it does impose the general excise tax (GET) “at every level of transaction on goods and services… .” The GET is 4% throughout most of Hawaii, and 4.712% on Oahu.

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Hawaii Department of Taxation