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Tax changes coming up

HONOLULU – The Department of Taxation is ready for the 2020 tax season.

On Jan. 2, 2020, taxpayers can begin filing all returns due in 2020, including Individual Income Tax, on Hawaii Tax Online . All updated paper forms will be posted on DOTAX’s website and most printed forms are available at District Offices. Modernized e-File through the Internal Revenue Service is expected to begin receiving returns on Jan. 21.

Last year, DOTAX processed close to 750,000 Individual Income Tax returns, over 500,000 of which were filed electronically. Revenue from Hawaii’s Individual Income Tax is the state’s second largest source of revenues and accounts for 31% of total tax collection.

DOTAX has also announced the following updates and changes for 2020 to help better serve state of Hawaii taxpayers.

Form changes

Some DOTAX forms have been changed for 2020 to implement new rates, laws, and processes. These forms are identified with “Rev. 2019.” All taxable periods including and after Jan. 1, must use the “Rev. 2019” or the most current version of the form to ensure that the tax rates are correct and to avoid processing delays.

Surcharge increase

Beginning Jan. 1, the Hawaii County surcharge on the General Excise tax will increase from 0.25% to 0.50%. Businesses may pass on the GE tax and county surcharge to customers at a maximum rate of 4.712%. Oahu, Kauai, and Maui do not have changes to the county surcharge for 2020.

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