Hawaii does not charge sales tax to the buyer. The state does impose a General Excise Tax (GET) on the seller. General Excise Tax is a tax on a gross income, rather than a sales tax on tangible goods.
General Excise Tax rates range from 0.15% to 4%, depending on the business activity. Local taxes can bring the GET rate as high as 4.5%.
Groceries are taxed at the full rate in Hawaii.
Businesses establish a minimum tax connection to the state if any of the following apply:
More information about nexus in Hawaii is available here.
Due dates are as follows:
You can register a new business in Hawaii online at the Hawaii Business Express.
Penalties and interest for failure to file on time are calculated as follows: