America's Strangest Taxes

Courtesy of Kauai Visitors Bureau

General Tax, Hawaii

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We’re not being facetious: in Hawaii, tourists and residents are at the mercy of the General Excise Tax. Regarded by locals as “the price of living in paradise,” the GET collects 4 percent on most goods and services—even necessities like toothpaste. The tax applies to businesses, but Hawaii explicitly permits retailers and service providers to pass the cost on to customers.

America's Strangest Taxes

General Tax, Hawaii

We’re not being facetious: in Hawaii, tourists and residents are at the mercy of the General Excise Tax. Regarded by locals as “the price of living in paradise,” the GET collects 4 percent on most goods and services—even necessities like toothpaste. The tax applies to businesses, but Hawaii explicitly permits retailers and service providers to pass the cost on to customers.

Courtesy of Kauai Visitors Bureau
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