There is no GET exemption for goods sold in Hawaii to nonresidents. We do not issue tax exemption certificates to tourists or other nonresidents to exempt their purchases from Hawaii businesses. However, if the Hawaii business ships the goods directly to the customer’s out-of-state residence, then the sale is exempt and the business may claim a deduction. If the customer takes delivery of the goods in Hawaii and then ships the goods out-of-state, the sale is subject to GET. See Tax Information Release No. 98-5, “General Excise Tax Exemption for Tangible Personal Property, Including Souvenirs and Gift Items, Shipped out of the State,” and Form G-61, “Export Exemption Certificate for General Excise and Liquor Taxes,” for more information.
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- What must I do if I sell my rental property?
- Is the GET a sales tax?
- Because of all of my expenses, depreciation, etc., I always show a loss on my income tax return. Do I still have to file a Hawaii income tax return?
- Is there any minimum amount of tax I have to pay? If I only rent out one room in my house, will I still have to pay the general excise and transient accommodations taxes?
- If the general excise and transient accommodations taxes are levied on gross rental income, does that mean that nothing is deductible?
- If I rent an accommodation to relatives such as my son and his family, is the rental income I receive subject to the general excise and transient accommodations taxes?
- Will it make a difference if I visibly pass on the general excise and transient accommodation taxes?
- What percent of my gross rental income will I have to pay as general excise and transient accommodations taxes?
- What do I need to do to register for the general 5 excise and transient accommodations taxes?
- Will I be issued one identification number for the general excise tax and a separate identification number for the transient accommodations tax?
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