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Hawaii tax filing 2021: can I pay them online?

The IRS has pushed back the deadline for federal tax returns but one state chose not to follow suit. Here's how to e-file your taxes in Hawaii.

The IRS has pushed back the deadline for federal tax returns but one state chose not to follow suit. Here's how to e-file your taxes in Hawaii.

Last month the IRS confirmed that they would be extending the deadline for federal tax returns to 17 May to allow filers extra time to get their finances in order.

However while most states chose to do the same to the deadline for state tax returns, Hawaii was the only one to stick to the original date. The deadline for Hawaii residents to submit their state tax return was 20 April, but you may be eligible for an automatic six-month extension if you satisfy either of two conditions:

1. You are due to receive a tax refund

2. You paid the properly estimated tax amount by 20 April 2021

If you are not eligible to receive an automatic extension you should make sure to get your Hawaii state tax returns filed as quickly as possible to avoid accumulating too many penalty fines. Here’s everything you need to know to e-file in Hawaii.

How to file state taxes online in Hawaii

In recent years the state of Hawaii has completely overhauled the tax administration to introduce Hawaii Tax Online (HTO). The online portal offers a quick and secure way to e-file your tax returns, make payments and manage your accounts, amongst other services.

Filing your taxes and making debit payments using HTO is completely free, and offers the quickest way to complete your taxes. For step-by-step information on how to use the system, visit Hawaii Tax Online and click on “About Hawaii Tax Online” from the top navigation.

If you believe you are due a tax refund after filing your state income tax return the Where’s My Refund Search tool gives daily updates on your status. But bear in mind that it can take up to 9-10 weeks for tax return information to be uploaded on the site.

Hawaiians can continue to use IRS tax portal until 17 May

The HTO is specifically for filing Hawaiian state taxes and is not used to complete the federal tax returns sent to the IRS. The IRS deadline is 17 May meaning that you have less than four weeks to get your federal tax filing completed and avoid facing penalties.

The IRS encourages filers to make the most of their online tax-filing portal which guarantees a quicker process and should get any tax refunds back to the recipients more promptly. Full information on the IRS’ online filing options is available on Electronic Filing Options for Individuals and it is worth checking out what extra assistance you may be eligible for.

Filers with an adjusted gross income of less than $72,000 are able to take advantage of IRS Free File, a free programme offered by an IRS partner site which provides help and guidance throughout the online filing process. Higher earners can make the most of Free File Fillable Forms which provide electronic forms to complete yourself.


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