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State Tax COVID-19 Extensions

The Hawaii Department of Taxation has issued Announcement 2020-01, “Relief for Taxpayers Affected by the COVID-19 Emergency.”  The Announcement says that if you have an income tax return or payment for the year 2019 that is due between April 20, 2020 and June 20, 2020, then your return, payment, or both are now due on July 20, 2020.  No form, no letter, or anything else is required to claim this deadline extension.

To be clear, this only covers income tax for 2019.  It does not cover:

  • Any other tax type.  Monthly or annual returns for General Excise, Withholding, Transient Accommodations, Estate and Generation-Skipping, Fuel, Liquor, Tobacco, and Rental Motor Vehicle/Tour Vehicle Taxes are still due at the same time.  Payments are still due at the same time.  If electronic filing or payments are required, they are still required.
  • Income tax for any other year.  Delinquent payments for any past year are still due and payable, and interest continues to run until the payment is made.
  • Estimated income tax for 2020.  In particular, the estimated tax for the first quarter of 2020 is still required to be paid by April 20, 2020.

Also, not everyone gets a benefit from the deadline extension!  If you are due a tax refund, claim it as soon as possible!  The Tax Office is still processing mailed-in and electronic returns.  If you don’t claim your refund, the State will happily keep it for another three months – and they don’t have to pay you interest for doing so!

The Tax Foundation of Hawaii is still alive, well, and working remotely!  Stay safe, everyone!

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