HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige gave an update on Tuesday on the 2022 State Tax Rebate distribution schedule.

Gov. Ige said so far approximately $294 million is being returned to Hawaii’s taxpayers.

“This money will go directly into the pockets of Hawaii’s hardworking people. On Friday, Sept. 2, the Department of Taxation released the first 100,000 direct deposit refunds to the Department of Accounting and General Services for the first phase of this tax refund.”

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Gov. Ige continued: “We expect 100,000 taxpayers will receive the first deposit on or about Sept. 12. These are for those filing income tax returns and having a direct deposit refund as part of their tax returns. There will be two more direct deposit distributions on Sept. 9 and Sept. 13.”

“Those who filed their tax returns by July 31, and who expected or included a direct deposit account number should receive their direct deposit refunds by Sept. 21,” according to Gov. Ige.

The governor said “paper check refunds will be made in batches of 2,000 until additional check stock arrives. Once the check stock is received, paper refunds will increase to 90,000 per week.”

According to the governor, there are 303,000 director deposit refunds and 295,000 paper refunds scheduled to be distributed so far. Eligible taxpayers must file their 2021 tax returns by Dec. 31, of this year to qualify for this tax refund.

Taxpayers who filed individual income tax returns for 2021 and have been residents of Hawaiʻi for at least nine months are eligible for the refund.

  • Taxpayers who earn less than $100,000 per year, or couples earning less than $200,000 per year will receive $300 each (including dependents, so a family of four would receive $1,200).
  • Taxpayers who earn $100,000 or more, or couples earning $200,000 or more will receive $100 each (including dependents).

“It is my hope that the $300 million in tax refunds being distributed so far, bring some relief to the hardworking people of the State of Hawaiʻi who were hit hard by the pandemic.”


The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation created an Act 115 Refund page on its website for residents and said those that filed their tax returns can expect to see their $300 refund by September or October and it all depends on when they filed their tax return.

According to the department, Act 115 is a one-time constitutional refund that was signed into law by Gov. Ige on June 22, for each qualifying resident taxpayer who files an individual income tax return for the 2021 tax year on or before Dec. 31.

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When will I receive my Act 115 refund?

The Act 115 refund will be issued based on the order in which the 2021 individual income tax returns are filed. The department said it will begin issuing Act 115 refunds in the first week of September 2022.

The estimated Act 115 Refund delivery dates are in the chart below:

N-11/N-15 Filing Date1/1/22 – 7/31/228/1/22 – 12/31/22
Direct Deposit RefundSeptember 2022up to 10 weeks after filing
Paper Check RefundSeptember – October 2022up to 12 weeks after filing
Courtesy of the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation

Who qualifies for an Act 115 refund?

  • Resident taxpayers who file individual income tax returns for the 2021 tax year who have been a resident of Hawaii for at least nine (9) months.

The refund will not be available for:

  • Any person who is claimed or eligible to be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer for federal or Hawaii individual income tax purposes.
  • Any person who has been convicted of a felony and who has been committed to prison, and any misdemeanant who has been committed to jail for the full 2021 tax year.

How much will my Act 115 refund be?

Act 115 refund amounts are based on each individual’s filing status, federal adjusted gross income, and the number of exemptions you are allowed to claim. For the Act 115 credit, only one refund per person will be allowed.

The Act 115 refund is $100 or $300 per person as follows:

Filing StatusFederal Adjusted Gross IncomeRefund Per Exemption (Person)
SingleUnder $100,000$300
Single$100,000 and over$100
Head of HouseholdUnder $100,000$300
Head of Household$100,000 and over$100
Married Filing JointUnder $200,000$300
Married Filing Joint$200,000 and over$100
Married Filing Separate (Both spouses combined)Under $200,000*$300
Married Filing Separate (Both spouses combined)$200,000 and over*$100
Surviving Spouse / Qualified Widow(er)Under $200,000$300
Surviving Spouse / Qualified Widow(er)$200,000 and over$100
Courtesy of the State of Hawaii Department of Taxation

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