Hawaii State Tax Guide

Hawaii state tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, fuel, cigarette, and other taxes that impact residents.
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Hawaii state tax: Overview

Hawaii has the lowest property tax rate in the nation, but generally high home prices. Groceries are taxed at the full rate in Hawaii, and the highest income tax bracket is 11%. Retirees may get a break from paying state income taxes since some retirement benefits are tax-exempt.

[Data for this state tax guide was gathered from a number of sources including the Census Bureau, the state’s government website, the Sales Tax Handbook, and the Tax Foundation. Property taxes are cited as a rate percentage rather than the assessed value.] 


Hawaii income taxes

Hawaii Tax on Retirement Benefits: Social Security retirement benefits, military and government pensions, private pensions, and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits are tax-exempt. 

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(Employee contributions to 401(k) plans or other retirement plans may be taxed in Hawaii. Employer contributions are tax-exempt.)

Hawaii Income Tax Range: Single filers and married filing separately

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Up to $2,4001.4%
$2,401 to $4,8003.2%
$4,801 to $9,6005.5%
$9,601 to $14,4006.4%
$1,4401 to $19,2006.8%
$1,9201 to $24,0007.2%
$24,001 to $36,0007.6%
$36,001 to $48,0007.9%
$48,001 to $150,0008.25%
$150,001 to $175,0009%
$175,001 to $200,00010%
More than $200,00011%

Hawaii Income Tax Range: Married filing jointly

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Up to $4,8001.4%
$4,801 to $9,6003.2%
$9,601 to $19,2005.5%
$19,201 to $28,8006.4%
$28,801 to $38,4006.8%
$38,401 to $48,0007.2%
$48,001 to $72,0007.6%
$72,001 to $96,0007.9%
$96,001 to $300,0008.25%
$300,001 to $350,0009%
$350,001 to $400,00010%
More than $400,00011%

Hawaii Income Tax Range: Heads of household

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Up to $3,6001.4%
$3,601 to $7,2003.2%
$7,201 to $14,4005.5%
$14,401 to $21,6006.4%
$21,601 to $28,8806.8%
$28,801 to $36,0007.2%
$36,001 to $54,0007.6%
$54,001 to $72,0007.9%
$72,001 to $225,0008.25%
$225,001 to $262,5009%
$262,501 to $300,00010%
More than $300,00011%

Hawaii sales tax

Hawaii has a state sales tax rate of 4%. Localities can add as much as 0.5%, but the average combined rate is only 4.44%, according to the .
  • Groceries are taxable in Hawaii.
  • Prescription drugs are tax-exempt.

How much are property taxes in Hawaii?

In Hawaii, the average effective property tax rate is 0.29%, which is the lowest rate in the U.S. Although Hawaii has a low property tax rate, the median property tax bill paid is more than $1,800. This is due to generally high home values in the state.

Hawaii Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

Honolulu Homestead Exemption: Property tax breaks for seniors vary by county in Hawaii. For example, homeowners 65 or older get a larger home exemption of $140,000 (as opposed to $100,000 for younger homeowners) in Honolulu County.

Hawaii motor vehicle taxes

Hawaii does not have a personal property tax on vehicles.The gas tax in Hawaii is $0.16 per gallon, but additional local gas taxes may apply.

Hawaii taxes on alcohol and tobacco

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Cigarettes$3.20 per pack
Large Cigars50% of wholesale price
Other tobacco products70% of wholesale price
Beer$0.93 per gallon
Wine$1.38 per gallon
Wine (sparkling)$2.12 per gallon
Liquor$5.98 per gallon

Hawaii estate and inheritance taxes

Hawaii imposes an estate tax on estates worth $5.49 million or more. So, if your estate is worth less than that amount, your estate won't be taxed by Hawaii. For estates that are taxed, tax rates range from 10% to 20%.

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