Governor outlines schedule to distribute up to $300 in Hawaii tax refunds

Under the plan, a family of four could get $1,200 in tax refunds.
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:07 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 2:05 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii taxpayers will soon be receiving their tax refunds.

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday said so far, approximately $294 million was being released to taxpayers.

The state Department of Taxation on Friday released $100,000 direct deposit refunds to taxpayers as part of the first phase, he said.

That money would go to those who provided a bank account on tax returns. Those taxpayers should receive it via direct deposit by Sept. 12.

There would be two more direct deposit distributions — on Sept. 9 and Sept. 13.

Those who filed their tax returns by July 31 and included a direct deposit account number will be getting their refunds by Sept. 21.

Paper refunds will be distributed in batches of 2,000 checks. Taxpayers will receive it by the end of October at the latest — depending on supply chain issues which may affect the timing of paper checks.

Only those who filed an individual income tax return will automatically be processed. Those who did not file an income tax return can still do so by Dec. 31 at the latest to qualify.

Under the plan, a family of four could get $1,200 in tax refunds.

Taxpayers earning less than $100,000 a year or couples earning less than $200,000 annually will receive $300 per person. A total of 535,000 taxpayers will get the $300 per dependent refund — representing 89% of the tax returns filed.

Those making over $100,000 or couples making $200,000 or more will get a $100 tax refund per person. A total of 64,000 or 11% of the returns will receive the $100 per person refund.

“The people of Hawaii work so hard,” Ige said. “We do know that there are many challenges in this tough economic time. The current inflation, gas, electricity costs have been increasing so we know this refund will be welcome.”

Ige said distributing the tax refunds is one of his top priorities as he wraps up his time in office.

As long as you’ve filed your income tax return, Hawaii taxpayers are all set to get the extra cash.

If you’ve moved recently, make sure you update your address by going to the Hawaii Tax Online website.

For more information on Hawaii tax refunds, click here.

This story will be updated.