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Hawaii General Excise Tax

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This is about General Excise Tax in Hawaii. How far back in years can the GE Tax office audit me?

Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 7 years ago.

Generally, the state has 3 years from the due date of the return to initiate an audit. However, where a person has "substantially omitted" an item on a return, the statute is extended to six years. Substantially omitted means a difference of 25% or more in the actual amount versus the amount reported.

In the case where a return has never been filed at all for a particular year, then no statute of limitations applies.

http://www.state.hi.us/tax/aud_guide/aud09-02.pdf

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