HAWAII REVISED STATUTES
GENERAL EXCISE TAX LAW
(Updated September 15, 1997)
RETURNS AND PAYMENTS
HRS Section 237-30 Monthly, quarterly, or semiannual return, computation of tax payment.
(a) The taxes levied hereunder shall be payable in monthly installments' on or before the last day of the calendar month following the month in which they accrue. The taxpayer shall, on or before the last day of the calendar month following the month in which the taxes accrue, make out and sign a return of the installment of tax for which the taxpayer is liable for the preceding month and transmit the same, together with a remittance, in the form required by section 237-31, for the amount of the tax, to the office of the department of taxation in the appropriate district hereinafter designated.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the director of taxation, for good cause, may permit a taxpayer to file the taxpayer's return required under this section and make payments thereon:
(1) On a quarterly basis during the calendar or fiscal year, the return and payment to be made on or before the last day of the calendar month after the close of each quarter, to wit: for calendar year taxpayers, on or before April 30, July 31, October 31, and January 31 or, for fiscal year taxpayers, on or before the last day of the fourth month, seventh month, and tenth month following the beginning of the fiscal year and on or before the last day of the month following the close of the fiscal year; provided that the director is satisfied that the grant of the permit will not unduly jeopardize the collection of the taxes due thereon and the taxpayer's total tax liability for the calendar or fiscal year under this chapter will not exceed $2,000; or
(2) On a semiannual basis during the calendar or fiscal year, the return and payment to be made on or before the last day of the calendar month after the close of each six-month period, to wit: for calendar year taxpayers, on July 31 and January 31 or, for fiscal year taxpayers, on or before the last day of the seventh month following the beginning of the fiscal year and on or before the last day of the month following the close of the fiscal year; provided that the director is satisfied that the grant of the permit will not unduly jeopardize the collection of the taxes due thereon and the taxpayer's total tax liability for the calendar or fiscal year under this chapter will not exceed $1,000.
The director, for good cause, may permit a taxpayer to make monthly payments based on the taxpayer's estimated quarterly or semiannual liability, provided the taxpayer files a reconciliation return at the end of each quarter or at the end of each six-month period during the calendar or fiscal year, as provided in this section.
(c) If a taxpayer filing the taxpayer's return on a quarterly or semiannual basis, as provided in this section, becomes delinquent in either the filing of the taxpayer's return or the payment of the taxes due thereon, or if the liability of a taxpayer, who possesses a permit to file the taxpayer's return and to make payments on a semiannual basis exceeds $1,000 in general excise taxes during the calendar year or exceeds $2,000 in general excise taxes during the calendar year if making payments on a quarterly basis, or if the director determines that any such quarterly or semiannual filing of return would unduly jeopardize the proper administration of this chapter, including the assessment or collection of the general excise tax, the director may, at any time, revoke a taxpayer's permit, in which case the taxpayer will then be required to file the taxpayer's return and make payments thereon as herein provided in subsection (a).
(d) The director may adopt and promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the purposes of this section.
(e) Section 232-2 does not apply to a monthly return.
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HRS Section 237-30.5 Collection of rental by third party; filing with department; statement required.
(a) Every person authorized under an agreement by the owner of real property located within this State to collect rent on behalf of such owner shall be subject to this section.
(b) Every written rental collection agreement shall have on the first page of the agreement the name, address, social security number, and, if available, the general excise tax number of the owner of the real property being rented, the address of the property being rented, and the following statement which shall be set forth in bold print and in ten-point type size:
"HAWAII GENERAL EXCISE TAXES MUST BE PAID ON THE GROSS RENTS COLLECTED BY ANY PERSON RENTING REAL PROPERTY IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. A COPY OF THE FIRST PAGE OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR OF FEDERAL INTERNAL REVENUE FORM 1099 STATING THE AMOUNT OF RENTS COLLECTED, SHALL BE FILED WITH THE HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION."
Every person entering an oral rental collection agreement shall furnish the department of taxation the information required under this subsection and shall give the owner of the property a copy of the notice required by this subsection.
(c) Every person authorized to collect rent for another person shall file a copy of the first page of the rental collection agreement with the department of taxation within thirty days after entering into the agreement, or shall file a copy of federal Internal Revenue form 1099, the property owner's social security number, and, if available, the general excise tax license number of the owner of the property being rented with the department of taxation at the same time as such forms must be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.
(d) Every person authorized under an agreement by the owner of real property located within this State to collect rent on behalf of such owner within ninety days after the effective date of this section shall furnish the department of taxation with the information required in subsection (b) and in the case of federal form 1099 such form for the taxable year 1983. The person also shall notify the owner that such information is being furnished and give the owner a copy of the notice required by subsection (b).
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HRS Section 237-31 Remittances.
All remittances of taxes imposed by this chapter shall be made by money, bank draft, check, cashier's check, money order, or certificate of deposit to the office of the department of taxation to which the return was transmitted. The department shall issue its receipts therefor to the taxpayer and shall pay the moneys into the state treasury as a state realization, to be kept and accounted for as provided by law; provided that the sum from all general excise tax revenues realized by the State that represents the difference between $90,000,000 and the proceeds from the sale of any general obligation bonds authorized for that fiscal year for the purposes of the state educational facilities improvement special fund shall be deposited in the state treasury in each fiscal year to the credit of the state educational facilities improvement special fund; provided further that a sum, not to exceed $5,000,000, from all general excise tax revenues realized by the State shall be deposited in the state treasury in each fiscal year to the credit of the compound interest bond reserve fund.
HRS Section 237-31. Remittances.
All remittances of taxes imposed by this chapter shall be made by money, bank draft, check, cashier's check, money order, or certificate of deposit to the office of the department of taxation to which the return was transmitted. The department shall issue its receipts therefor to the taxpayer and shall pay the moneys into the state treasury as a state realization, to be kept and accounted for as provided by law; provided that on or about September 1 of each year from 1989 through 1995, the sum of $90,000,000 from all general excise tax revenues realized by the State shall be deposited in the state treasury in each fiscal year to the credit of the state educational facilities improvement special fund; provided further that a sum, not to exceed $5,000,000, from all general excise tax revenues realized by the State shall be deposited in the state treasury in each fiscal year to the credit of the compound interest bond reserve fund; provided further that from July 1, 1981, to June 30, 1991, all taxes derived from the sale of liquid fuel under section 237-16, sold or used for operating motor vehicles upon the public highways of the State, shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the state highway fund.
The director of taxation with the approval of the governor shall establish by July 1 of each year from 1984 through 1990, a formula that will equitably establish the amount of taxes collected under section 237-16 in each fiscal year that are derived from the sale of liquid fuel sold or used for operating motor vehicles upon the public highways of the State which are to be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the state highway fund.
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HRS Section 237-32 Penalties.
Penalties and interest shall be added to and become a part of the tax, when and as provided by section 231-39.
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HRS Section 237-33 Annual return, payment of tax.
On or before the twentieth day of the fourth month following the close of the taxable year, each taxpayer shall make a return showing the value of products, gross proceeds of sales or gross income, and compute the amount of tax chargeable against the taxpayer in accordance with this chapter and deduct the amount of monthly payments (as hereinbefore provided), and transmit with the taxpayer's report a remittance in the form required by section 237-31 covering the residue of the tax chargeable against the taxpayer to the district office of the department of taxation hereinafter designated. The return shall be signed by the taxpayer, if made by an individual, or by the president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer of a corporation, if made on behalf of a corporation. If made on behalf of a partnership, firm, society, unincorporated association, group, hui, joint adventure, joint stock company, corporation, trust estate, decedent's estate, trust, or other entity, any individual delegated by the entity shall sign the same on behalf of the taxpayer. If for any reason it is not practicable for the individual taxpayer to sign the return, it may be done by any duly authorized agent. The department, for good cause shown,, may extend the time for making the return on the application of any taxpayer and grant such reasonable additional time within which to make the same as may, by it, be deemed advisable.
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HRS Section 237-33.5 Federal assessments; adjustments of gross income or gross proceeds of sale; report to the department.
(a) Any person required to report to the department by section 235-101(b), also shall report to the department any change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation of gross income or gross proceeds of sale subject to the tax imposed by this chapter. This report shall be made in the form of a return amending the person's gross income or gross proceeds of sale as previously reported on a return filed with the department for the taxable year. If no return has been filed with the department for the taxable year, a return shall be filed and shall take into account any change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation of gross income or gross proceeds of sale.
(b) Any return or amended return required by this section shall be filed with the department within ninety days after the change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation is finally determined or an amended return is filed with the Internal Revenue Service. The return or amended return shall be accompanied by a copy of the document issued by the United States notifying the taxpayer of the change, correction, adjustment, or recomputation.
(c) The statutory period for the assessment of any deficiency or the determination of any refund attributable to the report required by this section shall not expire before the expiration of one year from the date the department is notified by the taxpayer or the Internal Revenue Service, whichever is earlier, of such a report as provided in subsection (a). Before the expiration of this one-year period, the department and the taxpayer may agree, in writing, to the extension of this period. The period so agreed upon may be further extended by subsequent agreements in writing made before the expiration of the period previously agreed upon.
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HRS Section 237-34 Filing of returns; disclosure of returns unlawful, penalty; destruction of returns.
(a) All monthly and annual returns shall be transmitted to the office of the taxation district in which the privilege upon which the tax accrued is exercised. Where the privilege is exercised in more than one taxation district the returns shall be transmitted to the office of the first district.
(b) All tax returns and return information required to be filed under this chapter, and the report of any investigation of the return or of the subject matter of the return, shall be confidential. It shall be unlawful for any person or any officer or employee of the State to intentionally make known information imparted by any tax return or return information filed pursuant to this chapter, or any report of any investigation of the return or of the subject matter of the return, or to wilfully permit any such return, return information, or report so made, or any copy thereof, to be seen or examined by any person; provided that for tax purposes only the taxpayer, the taxpayer's authorized agent, or persons with a material interest in the return, return information, or report may examine them. Unless otherwise provided by law, persons with a material interest in the return, return information, or report shall include:
(3) Persons named in a board resolution or a one per cent shareholder in case of a corporate return;
(4) The person authorized to act for a corporation in dissolution;
(5) The shareholder of a S corporation;
(6) The personal representative, trustee, heir, or beneficiary of an estate or trust in case of the estate's or decedent's return;
(7) The committee, trustee, or guardian of any person in paragraphs (1) to (6) who is incompetent;
(8) The trustee in bankruptcy or receiver, and the attorney-in-fact of any person in paragraphs (1) to (7);
(9) Persons duly authorized by the State in connection with their official duties;
(10) Any duly accredited tax official of the United States or of any state or territory; and
(11) The Multistate Tax Commission or its authorized representative.
Any violation of this subsection shall be a misdemeanor.
(c) The department may destroy the monthly returns filed pursuant to section 237-30, or any of them, upon the expiration of three years after the end of the calendar year in which the taxes so returned accrued.
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HRS Section 237-35 Consolidated reports; interrelated business.
When any taxpayer is engaged in two or more forms of business activity taxable under this chapter which are interrelated, or which are of like character, the taxpayer shall file a consolidated return covering all business activities, which are thus interrelated or of like character.
ASSESSMENTS, REFUNDS, AND RECORDS
HRS Section 237-36 Erroneous returns, disallowance of exemption, payment.
If any return made is erroneous, or is so deficient as not to disclose the full tax liability, or if the taxpayer, in the taxpayer's return, shall disclaim liability for the tax on any gross income or gross proceeds of sales liable to the tax, or if the taxpayer shall make application under section 237-23 for an exemption to which the taxpayer is not entitled, the department of taxation shall correct the error or assess the proper amount of taxes. If such recomputation results in an additional tax liability, or if the department proposes to assess any gross income or gross proceeds of sales by reason of the disallowance of an exemption claimed in the return or for which application has been filed, the department shall first give notice to the taxpayer of the proposed assessment, and the taxpayer shall thereupon have an opportunity within thirty days to confer with the department. After the expiration of thirty days from the notification the department shall assess the gross income or gross proceeds of sales of the taxpayer or any portion thereof which the department believes has not theretofore been assessed, and shall give notice to the taxpayer of the amount of the tax, and the amount thereof shall be paid within twenty days after the date the notice was mailed, properly addressed to the taxpayer at the taxpayer's last known address or place of business.
No preliminary notice shall be necessary where the amount of the tax is calculated by the department from gross income returned by the taxpayer as subject to the tax (unless the taxpayer shall have claimed that the applicable rate of tax is lower than the rate of tax applied by the department); in such case the tax shall be due and payable on the tenth day after the date the statement was mailed. In a case of disallowance of an exemption for which application was made under section 237-23 the department, before making an assessment, may require the applicant, by demand made upon the applicant by mail or delivery thereof to the address shown in the application, to file information returns as to the applicant's gross income or gross proceeds of sales within such reasonable time as the department may allow, and in the event of failure, neglect, or refusal to comply with the demand, the department shall make an assessment under section 237-38, in lieu of this section.
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HRS Section 237-37 Refunds and credits.
If the amount already paid exceeds that which should have been paid on the basis of the tax recomputed as provided in section 237-36, the excess so paid shall be immediately refunded to the taxpayer in the manner provided in section 231-23(c). The taxpayer may, at the taxpayer's election, apply an overpayment credit to taxes subsequently accruing hereunder. All refunds and the details thereof, including the names of the persons receiving the refund and the amount refunded shall be accessible for the inspection of the public in the office of the department of taxation in the taxation district in which the person receiving the refund made the person's returns.
No recourse may be had except under section 40-35 or by appeal for refunds of taxes paid pursuant to an assessment by the director of taxation, provided that if the assessment by the director shall contain clerical errors, transposition of figures, typographical errors, and errors in calculation or if there shall be an illegal or erroneous assessment, the usual refunds procedures shall apply. No refund or overpayment credit may be had under this section in any event unless the original payment of the tax was due to the law having been interpreted or applied in respect of the taxpayer concerned differently than in respect of taxpayers generally. As to all tax payment for which a refund or credit is not authorized by this section (including without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing cases of unconstitutionality) the remedies provided by appeal or under section 40-35 are exclusive.
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HRS Section 237-38 Failure to make return.
If any person fails, neglects, or refuses to make a return, the department of taxation may proceed as it deems best to obtain information on which to base the assessment of the tax. After procuring the information the department shall proceed to assess the tax as provided in section 237-36. The assessment shall be presumed to be correct until and unless, upon an appeal duly taken as provided in this chapter, the contrary shall be clearly proved by the person assessed, and the burden of proof upon such appeal shall be upon the person assessed to disprove the correctness of the assessment.
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HRS Section 237-39 Audits; procedure, penalties.
For the purpose of verification or audit of a return made by the taxpayer, or where there is reasonable ground to believe that any return made is so deficient as not to form the basis of a satisfactory assessment of the tax, or for the purpose of making an assessment where no return has been made, the department of taxation or the Multistate Tax Commission pursuant to chapter 255 or the authorized representative thereof may examine all account books, bank books, bank statements, records, vouchers, taxpayer's copies of federal tax returns, and any and all other documents and evidences having any relevancy to the determination of the gross income or gross proceeds of sales of any taxpayer as required to be returned under this chapter and may summon or require the attendance of the person by or for whom the return, if any, has been made or whose tax is being assessed, and any employee of the person, and may summon or require the attendance of any person having knowledge in the premises, naming the time and place in the summons, and may require the production of any books, statements, or other evidences open to his examination, and may take testimony in reference to any such matter relevant to the gross income or gross proceeds of sales of the taxpayer for the period under consideration, with power to require that the person so called and appearing shall be interrogated under oath and to administer the oath.
If the department determines that any gross income or gross proceeds of sales liable to the tax have not been assessed the department may assess the same as provided in sections 237-36 and 237-38.
Any individual knowingly giving false testimony under oath at any such hearing before the department shall be guilty of perjury and shall be punished as provided by law.
Any person refusing or neglecting to obey any summons issued by the department, and any individual appearing and refusing to testify under oath, shall be fined $50 for the first offense and $100 for each succeeding offense.
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HRS Section 237-40 Limitation period.
(a) General rule. The amount of excise taxes imposed by this chapter shall be assessed or levied within three years after the annual return was filed, or within three years of the due date prescribed for the filing of said return, whichever is later, and no proceeding in court without assessment for the collection of any such taxes shall be begun after the expiration of the period.
(b) Exceptions. In the case of a false or fraudulent return with intent to evade tax, or of a failure to file the annual return, the tax may be assessed or levied at any time; however, in the case of a return claimed to be false or fraudulent with intent to evade tax, the determination as to the claim shall first be made by a judge of the circuit court as provided in section 235-111(c) which shall apply to the tax imposed by this chapter.
(c) Extension by agreement. Where, before the expiration of the period prescribed in subsection (a) or (d), both the department of taxation and the taxpayer have consented in writing to the assessment or levy of the tax after the date fixed by subsection (a) or the credit or refund of the tax after the date fixed by subsection (d), the tax may be assessed or levied or the overpayment, if any, may be credited or refunded at any time prior to the expiration of the period agreed upon. The period so agreed upon may be extended by subsequent agreements in writing made before the expiration of the period previously agreed upon.
(d) Refunds. No credit or refund shall be allowed for any tax imposed by this chapter, unless a claim for such credit or refund shall be filed as follows:
(1) If an annual return is timely filed, or is filed within three years after the date prescribed for filing the annual return, then the credit or refund shall be claimed within three years after the date the annual return was filed or the date prescribed for filing the annual return, whichever is later.
(2) If an annual return is not filed, or is filed more than three years after the date prescribed for filing the annual return, a claim for credit or refund shall be filed within:
(A) Three years after the payment of the tax; or
(B) Three years after the date prescribed for the filing of the annual return,
whichever is later.
Paragraphs (1) and (2) are mutually exclusive. The limitation shall not apply to a credit or refund pursuant to an appeal provided for by section 237-42.
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HRS Section 237-41 Records to be kept; examination.
Every taxpayer shall keep in the English language within the State, and preserve for a period of three years, suitable records of gross proceeds of sales and gross income, and such other books, records of account, and invoices as may be required by the department of taxation, and all such books, records, and invoices shall be open for examination at any time by the department or the Multistate Tax Commission pursuant to chapter 255, or the authorized representative thereof.
HRS Section 237-42 Appeals.
Any person aggrieved by any assessment of the tax for any month or any year may appeal from the assessment in the manner and within the time and in all other respects as provided in the case of income tax appeals by section 235-114, provided the tax so assessed shall have been paid.
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HRS Section 237-43 Bulk sales; penalties.
(a) In any case of the sale or transfer in bulk of the whole, or a large part of a stock of merchandise and fixtures, or merchandise, or fixtures, or other assets or property of a business, otherwise than in the ordinary course of trade, business, commerce, or sales, the seller shall make a written and verified report of the bulk sale or transfer to the department not later than ten days after the possession, or the control, or the title of the property, or any part thereof, has passed to the purchaser. The report shall contain the name and address of the purchaser, a brief description of the property sold and the purchase price, the date when the sale or transfer is to be or was consummated, and such other facts as the department may require. The purchaser may make the report for the seller.
(b) The purchaser of the property shall withhold payment of the purchase price until the receipt of a certificate from the department to the effect that au taxes, penalties, and interest levied or accrued under title 14 for taxes administered by the department against the seller, or constituting a lien upon the property, have been paid. A certificate shall not be issued while the department investigates (including by audit) whether taxes have been levied or accrued against the seller. The certificate shall show on its face that the department has had notice of the bulk sale or transfer, and shall also show the names of the seller and purchaser, a brief description of the property sold or transferred, and the date of consummation of the sale or transfer, together with such other information as the department shall prescribe.
(c) If the required report of the bulk sale or transfer is not made, or if the taxes, penalties, and interest shall not be paid within twenty days after the sale or transfer, or within such further time as the department may allow, the purchaser shall be personally liable to pay to the State the amount of all taxes, penalties, and interest levied or accrued under title 14 for taxes administered by the department against the seller or constituting a lien upon the property, together with penalties and interest thereafter accruing, not exceeding, however, the amount of the purchase price. The issuance of a certificate in the prescribed form shall be a complete defense to the bulk sale or transfer liability imposed in the preceding sentence, but shall not be a defense to any liability of the purchaser under any other provision of law for liabilities and obligations. Any purchaser succeeding to the liabilities of the seller under this section shall make a written report thereof upon the next due date for the reporting of gross income taxes.
(d) For purposes of this section:
"Property" means anything that may be the subject of ownership, including every kind of asset, whether real or personal, tangible or intangible, and without limitation, such as land and buildings, goodwill, notes, accounts, and other intangible property. The term "property" shall not include any interest in residential real property.
"Purchase price" means the total fair market value, as of the date of sale or transfer, of all property transferred, whether or not money or property is exchanged therefor.
"Purchaser" means any person who receives property in a bulk sale or transfer, whether or not money or property is exchanged therefor.
"Sale" means the transfer of property for compensation.
'Seller" means any person who sells or transfers any property in a bulk sale or transfer, whether or not money or property is exchanged therefor.
"Transfer" means the sale, conveyance, or distribution by any mode, direct or indirect, absolute or conditional, voluntary or involuntary, of title to or beneficial ownership in property, or interest therein. The term "transfer" does not include a bona fide, arm's length:
(1) Creation, modification, or termination of a lease interest;
(2) Creation, modification, or release of a lien or encumbrance; or
(3) Transfer occurring as a result of the enforcement of a lien.
(e) Failure to make the report required by this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Any seller who wilfully fails to make the report required by this section shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(f) The purchaser shall have the purchaser's remedy against the seller for the amount of taxes, penalties, or interest paid by the purchaser.
(g) This section supplements and does not displace any remedies available to the department under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act and the principles of law and equity.
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HRS Section 237-44 Entertainment business.
(a) As used in this section:
(1) "Admission" means the amount paid for admission to any place, including admission by season ticket or subscription, and also includes the amount paid for seats and tables, reserved or otherwise, and other similar accommodations.
(2) "Cabaret" means any roof garden, cabaret, or other similar place furnishing a public performance, by or for any patron or guest who is entitled to be present during any portion of the performance, including any room in any hotel, restaurant, hall, or other public place where music and dancing privileges or any other entertainment are afforded the patrons in connection with the serving or selling of food, refreshment, or merchandise.
(3) "Transient taxpayer" refers to any person subject to the tax imposed by this chapter who has no permanent place of business in the State.
(b) Every person receiving admissions for any circus, carnival, or any other place whatsoever at which a transient taxpayer is engaged in business (whether or not further admissions are charged inside the place, such further admissions, if any, being also subject to this section), shall set aside from the admissions and hold in trust for the State five per cent of the admissions, or such lesser amount as the department of taxation shall approve as sufficient, to guarantee payment of the tax levied by this chapter on the transient taxpayer. The amount so required to be set aside from the admissions shall be deposited with the department promptly upon collection thereof, from time to time, for deposit by it in a special trust fund in the treasury of the State, there to remain until refunded upon voucher of the department, or until applied to the payment of the taxes guaranteed thereby with the consent of the person making the deposit, or until deposited in court pursuant to chapter 655 or the rules of court. The department may bring an action to obtain an adjudication of its right to apply the guarantee fund in payment of taxes and may deposit the fund in court to await the results of the adjudication, or may be sued by an interested person seeking to obtain the adjudication and may be ordered to make such deposit in court, notwithstanding that the department asserts a claim against the fund.
(c) If any person fails to deposit promptly the guarantee fund required by this section, the department may distrain upon the admissions or any bank account or other asset in which the same can be found, for the purpose of obtaining and depositing in the treasury the required guarantee fund.
(d) Whenever a transient taxpayer is engaged in business at any place for which admissions are charged, or at any cabaret whether or not admissions are charged, the person engaging the transient taxpayer shall collect from him, by withholding or otherwise, the tax levied by this chapter on the transient taxpayer, shall hold the same in trust for the State, and shall return and pay over the same to the proper collecting officer of the State in the manner and at the time required by this chapter, for the account of the transient taxpayer; in the event of his failure to do so he shall be liable to pay to the State the amount of the tax levied by this chapter on the transient taxpayer, together with penalties and interest as provided by law. The amount of the liability may be collected from the guarantee fund, if any, or may be assessed against and collected from the person so becoming liable in the same manner as if the tax had been levied upon him.
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HRS Section 237-45 Prerequisite for final settlement of contracts with the State or subdivisions thereof.
All state and county officers and agents making contracts on behalf of the State or county shall do so in accordance with section 103-53.
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HRS Section 237-46 Collection by suit; injunction.
The department of taxation may collect taxes due and unpaid under this chapter, together with all accrued penalties, by action in assumpsit or other appropriate proceedings in the circuit court of the judicial circuit in which the privilege taxed has been exercised. After delinquency shall have continued for sixty days, or if any person lawfully required so to do under this chapter shall fail to apply for and secure a license as provided by this chapter for a period of sixty days after the first date when the person was required under this chapter to secure the same, the department may proceed in the circuit court of the judicial circuit in which the privilege taxed or taxable has been exercised, to obtain an injunction restraining the further exercise of the privilege until full payment shall have been made of all taxes and penalties and interest due under this chapter, or until such license is secured, or both, as the circumstances of the case may require.
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HRS Section 237-47 District judges; concurrent civil jurisdiction in tax collections.
Except as otherwise specifically provided by this chapter, the several district judges shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit courts to hear and determine all civil actions at law in assumpsit for the collection and enforcement of collection and payment of all taxes assessed hereunder, irrespective of the amount claimed.
HRS Section 237-48 Repealed.
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HRS Section 237-49 Unfair competition; penalty.
No taxpayer shall advertise or hold out to the public in any manner, directly or indirectly, that the tax hereby imposed upon the taxpayer is not considered as an element in the price to the purchaser. Any person violating this section shall be fined not more than $50 for each offense.
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