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Set Up Hawaii Returns

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Tell Us Where You Collect Tax 

Add Hawaii to the places where you collect tax. This tells AvaTax to calculate tax on Hawaii transactions. See the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation website for details about nexus, registration, and taxes in Hawaii.

Before you add Hawaii, there are two things you need to do:

You don't have to select a tax type for Hawaii.

"Sourcing" determines the location where a sale is taxed. Hawaii is a destination-sourced state.

Add Your Company Locations 

Hawaii doesn't require location reporting on the returns. Add any physical locations you have in Hawaii to enhance your company setup and track sales by location.

Schedule Your Returns

After you tell us where you collect tax and add locations, you're ready to schedule returns. Go to Returns in AvaTax to provide a funding power of attorney and schedule your returns

Your company name and taxpayer ID from Your Company Details show up on your returns. Make sure they match what’s on your registration information.

Use this info to schedule your returns. Keep in mind that the selections you made when you told us where you collect tax, any location codes you entered, and the forms you select are related and should tie together.

You're required to file two returns for Hawaii, the G-45 General Excise Tax return and an annual G-49 General Excise Tax Reconciliation return. All tax types are reported on both returns.

If you are a taxpayer who is required to file monthly returns (your annual estimated tax liability is greater than $4,000), you must file all General Excise forms (G-45 and G-49) electronically: e-file your monthly returns for periods beginning on or after July 1, 2020 and e-file your annual returns for the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

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Note

Per the state of Hawaii, a return must be submitted even if there is no gross income for the period. If you have no gross income for the period, file a return showing “$0” income. Any taxpayer who is required to e-file a tax return and fails to do so is subject to a penalty of 2% of the amount of tax required to be shown on the return, in addition to any other applicable penalties and interest.

  • Select form HI G-45 to schedule the General Excise Tax return 
    • This return is required to be filed on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or occasional basis. Confirm the filing frequency on your registration information from the state. Your filing frequency is based on your annual tax liability. The state will notify you if your filing frequency changes.
    • Make sure you enter your Registration ID in the correct format. Example: GE-012-345-6789-10
    • Provide your username and password for Hawaii Tax Online so this return can be filed electronically.
    • Effective January 1st, 2020, the state of Hawaii enacted Marketplace Fairness laws related to the Wholesale General Excise Tax. A new question was added to the Hawaii filing calendar for this change.
  • Select form HI G-49 to schedule the General Excise Tax Reconciliation return
    • This return is filed annually. Confirm the year-end period on your registration information provided by the state. The year-end period is usually December but it could be any month of the year. 
    • Make sure you enter the registration ID in the correct format. Example: GE-012-345-6789-10R. This should be the same as the registration ID for the HI G-45 with an "R" added to the end. If these numbers don't match, you may have more than one account. You should file a separate G-49 for each G-45 you have.
    • Provide your username and password for Hawaii Tax Online so this return can be filed electronically.

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