GOVERNOR IGE ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF OVER 600,000 REFUNDS TO HAWAIʻI TAXPAYERS
Office of the Governor Press Release, Dec 2, 2022
HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige announced the State of Hawaiʻi has finished distributing tax refunds to all eligible taxpayers who filed their 2021 Hawaiʻi individual tax returns on time.
“I applaud the employees at the Department of Taxation, Department of Accounting and General Services, Office of Enterprise Services, and Department of Budget and Finance for their months of work on this enormous task to issue over 600,000 refunds,” said Governor Ige. “I thank the legislature for advancing my proposal to provide these refunds with the passage of Act 115 this year. I am proud to be leaving the state with a record surplus and refunds for every taxpayer.”
A total of 606,674 Act 115 refunds were issued, totaling $307.9 million. That includes 288,590 direct deposits and 318,084 paper checks.
Taxpayers received either $100 or $300 for each eligible person, depending on the taxpayers’ income, filing status, and qualified exemption(s) reported on their Hawaiʻi individual income tax returns.
There are several reasons Act 115 refunds were withheld:
The Department of Taxation mailed letters to a limited number of taxpayers, requesting additional information on their 2021 return. Refunds will be held until the information has been verified or corrected.
Over 4,000 refunds were intercepted by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or external agencies such as child support payments due to outstanding debts. These taxpayers must work directly with the external agencies to address questions on the refund offsets.
Over 2,000 refund checks that were mailed to taxpayers were returned by the postal service due to incorrect addresses. Taxpayers whose current address is different than what was stated on their 2021 tax return may email email@example.com for information on how to receive their refund.
Qualified taxpayers who have not yet filed their 2021 Hawaiʻi individual income tax return must do so by Dec. 31, 2022, to be eligible to receive the Act 115 refund.