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Category: Hawaii

Hawaii Credits

Credit for Income Taxes Paid to Other States and Countries

If you have out-of-state income that is taxed by another state or foreign country and also by Hawaii, you may claim a credit against your Hawaii income for the net income tax you paid to the other state or foreign country if you meet the following conditions:

  • The income was earned while you were a Hawaii resident (or you are married and filing a joint resident or joint part-year resident return) and was not exempt from Hawaii income tax;
  • You did not file an Election Under Act 60, SLH 1976
  • The income on which the state or foreign tax is imposed was derived or received from sources outside Hawaii;
  • You were liable for and paid tax to the foreign jurisdiction (net amount of tax paid to a foreign jurisdiction after all credits, reductions, and refunds allowed or allowable by the laws of the foreign jurisdiction have been deducted);
  • The tax paid to the other state or foreign country is an income-based tax that is imposed on both residents and nonresidents of the other state or foreign country, rather than a sales, gross receipts, withholding, or value added tax (i.e., taxes withheld on dividends paid from foreign investments do not qualify);
  • No credit is allowed if the foreign income is excluded on the federal return;
  • No credit is allowed if the foreign tax credit is allowed on the federal return;
  • The income must be taxed by the other state or foreign country for the same taxable year for which the Hawaii credit is claimed;
  • No credit is allowed for penalties or interest paid to the other state or foreign country; and
  • No credit is allowed for city or local income taxes paid to another state.

Out-of-State Tax Refund. If you claim this credit and you later receive a tax refund from the other state or foreign country, you MUST report this to the Department of Taxation. You may be subject to penalties if you fail to make this report.

Note: This credit may not be claimed by nonresidents, unless they are married and filing a joint resident or joint part-year resident return.

Credit for Low-Income Household Renters

If you occupy and pay rent for real property within the State as your residence, your Hawaii adjusted gross income was less than $30,000, and the rent you paid during 2013 was more than $1,000, you may qualify for this credit. To see if you qualify, please see Part II - Credit for Low-Income Household Renters

Note: Do not claim this credit if you are being claimed or eligible to be claimed as a dependent by any taxpayer for federal or Hawaii income tax purposes.

Food/Excise Tax Credit (General Income Tax Credit)

Each resident taxpayer who files an individual income tax return for the taxable year, including those who have no income or no income taxable under chapter 235, HRS, may claim this credit provided that the taxpayer is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent for federal or State income tax purposes by another taxpayer.

Qualified Exemptions

The refundable food/excise tax credit may be claimed for each resident individual who:

  • Was a resident of Hawaii and was physically present in Hawaii for more than nine (9) months during the taxable year;
  • Is not claimed and is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent by any taxpayer for federal or Hawaii individual income tax purposes; and
  • Was not confined in jail, prison, or a youth correctional facility for the full taxable year.

For Whom the Credit May be Claimed

A resident taxpayer, or a part-year resident taxpayer may claim the credit for any of the following people who are "qualified exemptions" as defined above:

  • The taxpayer's self;
  • The taxpayer's spouse, if the spouse is filing jointly with the taxpayer;
  • The taxpayer's dependents; and
  • The taxpayer's minor children receiving support from the Department of Human Services of the State, social security survivor benefits, and the life.

Birth or Death of a Qualified Exemption

  • A person who dies during the year may be a qualified exemption so long as the person was alive and physically present withing the State for more than nine (9) months. If a person who was continuously living in Hawaii died after September 30, 2011, that person could still be a qualified exemption.
  • A child who was born during 2013 could be a qualified exemption if the mother was physically present in the State while pregnant with the child and the total days of gestation and life after birth total more than nine (9) months during the taxable year.

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