Technically, Hawaii does not have a sales tax, instead, we have GET General Excise Tax, which is assessed on all business activities. Car rentals include Hawaii GET plus other tax and surcharge.
In Hawaii our General Excise Tax (GET) is collected on most all products and services. There are few exceptions. Car rentals and hotel accommodations are not exempt. Hawaii car rentals have GET, plus additional state taxes and fees. We will attempt to clarify the state taxes and fees. For the most economical cars the cost of tax and fees is occasionally close to the car rental rate per day.
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As a general rule Honolulu's taxes/fees are the lowest. On all other Hawaiian Islands there is $7.50/day fee, GET 4.1660% and Concession Recovery Fee 11.11% taxes. So the fees tend to be $7.50 per day and about 15% tax. These taxes and fees are significant, however most US states charge even more. Sorry.
The State of Hawaii tax, fees and surcharges will be listed on every confirmation. The charges are idenitified as Hawaii Rental Motor Vehicle Surcharge Tax, Rental Tax Surcharge, General Excise Tax GET, Hawaii Car Rental Facilities Charge, Hawaii Rental Vehicle Customer Facility Charge or Customer Facility Charge, Concession Recovery Fee and other similiar phrase. These additional charges are going to the State of Hawaii and collected on the rental car. Car rental companies are just as dismayed by these charges as you are.
| GET - General Excise Tax|
(Sales Tax). GET is a sales tax on almost all products and services in Hawaii.
|Concession Recovery Fee||Airport Only||11.11%|
|Hawaii Rental Motor Vehicle Surcharge Tax or Rental Tax Surcharge||ALL LOCATIONS||$3.00/day|
|Hawaii Rental Vehicle Customer Facility Charge or Customer Facility Charge aka Hawaii Car Rental Facilities Charge||Airport Only||$4.50/day|