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November 10, 2023
Hawaii Issues Pass-Through Entity Tax Guidance
On October 31, 2023, the Department of Taxation amended issued guidance on the state’s Pass-Through Entity Tax, along with proposed administrative rules. The guidance provides additional information on the Pass-Through Entity Tax election, including information on the types of entities that may make the election, how to compute the PTE Tax, the applicable payment (and estimated payment) deadlines, and required schedules that must be attached to the PTE return.
August 29, 2023
Hawaii Announces Relief for Income, Excise, Sales, Estate Taxpayers Affected by Wildfires
On August 23, 2023, the Hawaii Department of Taxation announced relief for individuals and businesses affected by the Maui wildfires. Affected taxpayers may obtain relief for sales and use, corporate income, individual income, trust income, estate, and excise taxes. The Department will consider requests by affected businesses for extensions to file and pay Hawaii taxes, penalty and interest waivers, and for relief based on mail delivery interruptions on a case-by-case basis. Taxpayers who file electronically and wish to request relief must send a message at the time of filing via Hawaii Tax Online by selecting “I have a 2023 Wildfire Relief question” and include the information requested in the Department’s online portal. Taxpayers can claim casualty loss deductions permitted by the Internal Revenue Code for state income tax purposes. Additionally, there will be an exemption from general excise tax for amounts that were received under property or casualty insurance policies for loss or damage of inventory used in a business that is in a disaster area. For more information on the Hawaii tax relief provision, please visit the Department’s Announcement.
August 26, 2021
Hawaii – Excise Tax Treatment of Software
The Hawaii Department of Taxation provided additional guidance about the general excise tax (GET) and the treatment of software sales. The sale of canned or prewritten software is considered a sale of tangible personal property. Software provided as a license to use software is also taxable as it is treated as a sale of tangible personal property. However, the sale of custom software has been deemed a provision of a service.
The sale of tangible personal property or services is subject to Hawaii’s GET retail rate of 4%. Still, a wholesaler of tangible personal property or services is subject to GET at the wholesale rate of 0.5%.
If software is sold or licensed by a marketplace facilitator, then the marketplace facilitator is the seller of record and subject to the GET retail rate of 4%. The marketplace seller is considered to have made a sale at wholesale. (Hawaii Tax Information Release No. 2021-06.)
March 30, 2021
Hawaii Update on Extension of Filing Deadline
The Hawaii Department of Taxation is not extending the state’s tax year 2020 filing deadline. Taxpayers must file their returns by April 20, 2021. While taxpayers are required to file by April 20, they are granted an automatic 6-month extension to file the return through October 20, 2021 if one of these two conditions is met: (1) the taxpayer is due a refund; or (2) the taxpayer pays the properly estimated tax amount owed by April 20, 2021. Taxpayers who are not able to pay the properly estimated tax amount owed should pay as much as they can to avoid additional interest and penalties. No form is required to request the extension. (Hawaii Filing Deadline to Remain April 20, 2021, Haw. Dept. of Taxation, 03/24/2021.)