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HARPTA tax increase takes effect mid September if selling in Hawaii

Selling your Hawaii property might cost a little more after September 15, 2018.

  • HARPTA is a Hawaii law that requires a withholding tax when you sell real estate in Hawaii, if you are not a resident of the state. Currently it's 5%.
  • FIRPTA is a federal law that requires a withholding of 10% at closing, if you are not a resident of the country.
  • Read more about HARPTA and FIRPTA here

Selling real estate in Hawaii

It's going up: 

This year a new law was passed to increase the HARPTA amount from 5% to 7.25% and you can read the announcement here.  What it means is possibly a higher cost to out of state sellers, but if you are not making any capital gains you should be OK.  It can get complicated if properties are owned by an LLC or company or other entity.

Once escrow opens, buyers and sellers will sign forms to verify their residency status and this is a good time to know whether or not you will be exempt.  Please consult with a tax professional or financial advisor who can let you know the pros and cons of financial aspects of buying and selling properties in Hawaii.


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Comment balloon 2 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • August 31 2018 11:48PM


It is always sad to me when a state is run by those who believe taxes solve all problems (those people are called

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 1 year ago

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty Yup.  I suppose you probably have a tax like this in your state too, to stop all those snowbirds running off with the money when they sell.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 1 year ago

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