Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
From UHERO, March 9, 2017
With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase effort to collect uncollected taxes from internet sales.*
In 2015 the State Attorney General’s Office scored a “major” victory when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that online travel companies (OTCs) are required to pay Hawaii’s general excise tax (GET) on their hotel bookings. Subsequently, the Tax Appeal Court ordered OTCs to pay $53.1 million in back general excise taxes plus interest to the state.
UHERO Brief: Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
*Source: Honolulu Star Advertiser, “Collection of online taxes pushed,” January 29, 2017.