State sales tax rate

Base state sales tax rate 4%
Local rate range 0%-0.5%
Total rate range 4%-4.5%

* While the base rate applies statewide, it’s only a starting point for calculating sales tax in Hawaii. For an accurate tax rate for each jurisdiction, add other applicable local rates on top of the base rate.

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Hawaii sales tax basics

The Hawaii (HI) state sales tax rate is currently 4%. 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.


Cities in Hawaii


How to register to collect sales tax in Hawaii

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 sales tax returns in Hawaii

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 4.5% on Oahu,but  the  state  allows  a  business  to  charge  their  customers  a  maximum  of 4.712%  to  help  recoup  some  of  their  total  GET.

Hawaii Sales Tax Rate by County

Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in Hawaii along with their sales tax rate.


Hawaii Sales Tax Rates by City

Each city or town in Hawaii may charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.

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