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Hawaii tax relief for flood victims


 Torrential rains have caused flooding and triggered tax relief in Hawaii.

Those of us who live in cold and wet climates on the continental United States may assume the weather is always pleasant in Hawaii. But heavy rains this past September caused damaging floods in Maui and Kalawao counties. These have now been declared state and federal disaster areas and affected residents are eligible for tax relief.

A general excise tax (GET) exemption is available for “amounts received under property and casualty insurance policies for damage or loss of inventory used in a trade or business located within an area declared a disaster by the governor.” Casualty losses may also be deducted from income tax returns. Additional information is available from the Hawaii Department of Taxation.


Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.