Hawaii Military Filing Information
Residency Status- If you are in Hawaii because of military orders and do not intend to make Hawaii your permanent home, you are not considered a Hawaii resident for income tax purposes, even though you have been in Hawaii for more than 200 days in 2014. File a resident return with your home state, and file a Hawaii nonresident and part-year resident return (Form N-15) to report your Hawaii income.
Example 1— A Hawaii resident who enlists in the military normally will remain a Hawaii resident regardless of the length of absence from Hawaii while stationed outside of Hawaii.
Military Spouses- Spouses of those in the military service do not become Hawaii residents if their principal reason for moving to Hawaii was the transfer of the service member spouse to Hawaii, and if it is their intention to leave Hawaii when the service member spouse either is transferred to another military station or leaves the service.
Military Reserve or Hawaii National Guard Duty Pay Excxlusion
*New for 2014* You may exclude up to $6,137 of your military reserve or Hawaii national guard duty pay from your income for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013. (Act 197, SLH 2004).
Hawaii does not tax the first $6,137 received by each member of the reserve components of the army, navy, air force, marine corps, coast guard of the United States of America, and the Hawaii national guard, as compensation for performance of duty as such. If you qualify, enter the smaller of:
• $6,137, or
• Your pay, as shown on Box 16 of the Form W-2 sent to you by your reserve component.
If you are married filing a joint return, and you and your spouse qualify, add the exclusions for both of you and enter the total on line 15.
Pensions- Hawaii does not tax qualifying distributions from an employer-funded pension plan. If you received qualifying distributions from an employer-funded profit sharing, defined contribution, or defined benefit plan, or from a government retirement system (e.g., federal civil service, military pension, state or county retirement system), enter the qualifying amount as a subtraction from Federal AGI, Line 13.