How to Pay Hawaii Taxes

Pay Hawaii Taxes

Wondering how to pay your Hawaii taxes? Whether you're filing the return today or trying to pay taxes from an old return or an assessment, this guide will show you what you need to do. 

Want help? Then, use TaxCure to search for a Hawaii-based tax pro today. In the meantime, here's what you need to know if you want to make a payment. 

How to Pay Hawaii State Taxes Online

On Hawaii Tax Online, you can pay individual state income taxes as well as the following business taxes:

  • Withholding tax
  • Corporate income tax
  • Partnership tax
  • Estate tax
  • Fiduciary tax
  • Franchise tax
  • Cigarette and tobacco tax
  • Fuel tax
  • General excise and use tax
  • Liquor tax
  • Public service tax
  • Rental motor vehicle, tour vehicle, and car-sharing surcharges
  • Transient accommodation tax

You can pay Hawaii taxes online by setting up an ACH payment from your bank account. To do so, you need the account's routing number and account number. There is no fee for this service. Alternatively, you can pay with a credit or debit card, but you will incur a fee.

You can pay all of the above taxes without making an online account and you can even file some returns without an online account. Additionally, you can request identity theft protection, register new businesses, and reply to missing information letters without an online account. 

If you set up an online account and sign in, you can do even more with this site, including setting up tax accounts and filing most of the tax returns listed above.

Hawaii Taxpayers Required to Make Online EFT Payments

The Hawaii Department of Taxation requires taxpayers with an annual tax liability of $100,000 or more to pay with ETF. This applies to both businesses and individuals. Additionally, employers with withholding liabilities of $40,000 or more must also pay with ETF. 

If you fall into either of these categories, you must pay your tax bill on Hawaii Tax Online. You can pay from your bank account, use a credit card, or set up an ACH credit. There are no fees for bank payments, but you will pay a fee for credit and debit card payments. 

Am I required to pay HI taxes online?

The Department of Tax will send you a letter if you are required to make ETF payments. If you cannot pay electronically for any reason, you can request a waiver by filing Form L-110 (Electronic filing or Payment Exemption Application). If you don't pay online as required, you will incur a penalty of 2% of the tax due. 

Unfortunately, if your tax bill falls below the threshold, you are still required to make ETF payments. The only way to get out of this requirement (once you've received the letter from HI DOTAX) is to file Form L-110 and explain that your situation has changed.

How to Pay Hawaii Tax Through the Mail

If you're not required to pay online, you can pay through the mail. The address varies based on the type of tax you're paying, but in all cases, you should make the check or money order out to Hawaii State Tax Collector. Then, use one of the following addresses to submit your payment:

Income tax payments

PO Box 1530 Honolulu,
HI 96811-3559

Withholding tax, general excise tax, transient accommodation tax, and rental motor vehicle tax 

PO Box 1425
Honolulu, HI 96806-1425

Franchise tax and public service tax

P.O. Box 259
Honolulu, HI 96809-0259

Unemployment Insurance

830 Punchbowl St. Rm. 437
Honolulu, HI 96813-5094

Note that these are not the addresses you should use to ask general questions or to contact the DOTAX about other issues. To get other contact addresses, check out the Department of Taxation's website. 

What if my check bounces?

If you pay your Hawaii taxes by check and your bank doesn't honor the check, HI DOTAX will not re-deposit the check. As soon as you discover that the check didn't clear your account, you should contact DOTAX and let them know that you'll be making a new payment.


How to Pay Hawaii State Tax in Cash

Do not mail cash. To pay your tax bill in cash, you need to visit one of the department's district offices. There are locations in Honolulu, Maui, Molokai, Hilo, Captain Cook, and Lihue. The addresses are on the HI DOTAX website.

How to Pay Hawaii Estimated Taxes

To pay HI estimated taxes, you need to set up an online account. then, sign in before the due date and pay your taxes with a bank account, credit card, or debit card. 

What If I Can't Afford to Pay in Full?

If you cannot afford to pay your Hawaii state taxes in full, you can request a payment plan. The HI DOTAX lets you make monthly payments until you pay the balance in full. 

If you owe less than $25,000 and can pay off the balance within a year, you should get approved easily as long as you are compliant with your state tax obligations. If you owe more money or need more time, the DOTAX will want to know more about your financial situation. 

What If You Can't Afford Monthly Payments?

The Hawaii Department of Taxation has a few options for people who cannot afford to pay in full or make monthly payments. If you can afford to pay part of the bill, you may want to apply for an offer in compromise. This is when the HI DOTAX lets you settle your tax bill for less than you owe. 

In cases where the tax liability prevents you from paying your necessary living expenses, you may be able to get hardship status which stops collection actions against you until your situation improves. 

What Happens If You Don't Pay Your HI Taxes?

If you cannot afford to pay, you should reach out to HI DOTAX to make arrangements for your tax debt. Contacting the agency protectively will help you avoid unwanted issues. However, if you don't pay or make other arrangements, DOTAX can attempt to collect the tax without your cooperation. 

The department may issue a tax lien, garnish your wages, or seize your bank accounts, investments, or other assets. The agency will also add interest and penalties to your balance. 

Get Help With Hawaii Taxes Today

Want help paying your HI tax bill? Looking for alternatives to paying in full? Need assistance with other state tax issues? Then, use Taxcure to search for a tax pro based in HI today. 

Using TaxCure's search features, you can look for a CPA, enrolled agent, or tax attorney who has experience with HI DOTAX and you can also filter your results by the specific issue you're having, such as unpaid taxes, unfiled returns, audit, etc. 

Don't wait. Reach out to a qualified tax pro today and put the stress of tax troubles in the rearview mirror.

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