On tangible personal property imported or purchased from an unlicensed seller. Rates are: 0% on goods imported for resale at wholesale; 0.5% on goods imported for resale at retail; 4% (4.5% on Oahu) on all other imports.

The tax is also imposed on the value of services or contracting performed by unlicensed sellers at a point outside the state and imported or purchased for use or consumption in the state.  Rates are the same as use tax on tangible personal property.

The tax is not imposed on other activity classifications, such as commissions or royalties.

Distribution: State general fund.

SOURCE: Compiled by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii from the Hawaii Revised Statutes, as amended through the 2016 legislative session, and Revised Ordinances for various counties. Consult the statute, ordinance, rules, or regulations for specific cases or circumstances.


Last Revised: August 19, 2016

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