Production Incentives Database

Hawaii  

   
Incentive TypeNon-Transferable Refundable Tax Credit
Spend20-25%
Above the Line Residents20-25%
Above the Line Nonresidents20-25%
Below the Line Residents20-25%
Below the Line Nonresidents20-25%
Bonus 125% total tax credit if production cost incurred on all other neighboring islands (big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai)
Project Criteria$200,000 minimum qualified spend;

20% tax credit in any production cost incurred on the island of Oahu

25% tax credit if production cost incurred on all other neighboring islands (big Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai)

A qualified production occurring in more than one county may prorate its expenditures based upon the amounts spent in each county, if the population bases differ enough to change the percentage of tax credit.
Loanout Registration RequiredYes
Loanout WithholdingNo
Annual Funding CapsNone (currently)
Project Caps15000000
Minimum Spend$200,000
Sunset Date12/31/2026

The Hawaii Film Office/State of Hawaii, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
250 South Hotel St., 5th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813

Donne Dawson, Film Commissioner
Phone: 808 586 2567
EmailWebsite

Also Applies To:
Animation
Commercials
Documentaries
Game Shows
Interactive
Industrials
Music Videos
News
Sports
Reality TV
Contact Film Office for more information
Audit Requirements
A CPA audit is voluntary but is recommended for larger projects.
Getting Started
Submit the Production Registration Form or the Split Year - Production Registration Form (for productions shot over two consecutive tax years) on-line and as a signed hard copy to the Hawaii Film Office, one week prior to the first Hawaii shoot date; forms may be submitted during development or preproduction.
Screen Credit Required
Yes
Company Registration
Yes
Sales Use Tax Relief
No
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
No
Local Vendors Qualify
Yes
Outside Vendors Qualify
Yes
Claiming Incentive
Submit the 'Hawaii Production Report' data online and a signed hard copy of the report via mail, including the detailed Hawaii expenditure report, Hawaii vendor list and crew list to the Hawaii film office no later than 90 days following the end of each taxable year in which qualified production costs were expended.

All tax credit claims, including amended claims, should be filed before the end of the 12th month following the close of the taxable year for which the tax credit may be claimed.
Additional Information
Qualified production costs include all instate costs incurred by a qualified production that are subject to the general excise tax or income tax.

Commercials may bundle production expenses of more than one commercial to meet the $200,000 minimum spend if production of all

A loan-out company is subject to General Excise Tax at the rate of 0.5% on gross receipts; for information regarding a safe harbor to qualify loan out company payments see Hawaii Dept. of Taxation Tax Information Release No. 2009-05

Out of state business entities must register to conduct business activities in Hawaii by applying for and obtaining a Certificate of Authority from the Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs.

Every person with business activities in Hawaii is required to apply for and obtain a general excise tax license, and pay general excise tax on the gross income from their business activities

Productions are required to: make reasonable efforts to hire local talent and crew; provide evidence of financial or in-kind contributions or educational or workforce development efforts toward the furtherance of the local film, television and digital media industries

The new 35 Million annual cap does not go into effect until 2019.
Last updated: 07/26/2017
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