A recent court ruling requires online travel companies to pay Hawaii’s general excise tax on certain rental car transactions in the state.

Friday’s ruling by state circuit judge Gary W.B. Chang applies to websites including Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Hotwire.

The state issued tax assessments of general excise taxes, interest, and penalties to the companies for failing to file tax returns and pay general excise taxes for tax years 2000 through 2012.

The final amount to be collected by the state has yet to be determined, but is expected to be in the millions of dollars.

Last year, the Hawaii Supreme Court concluded online travel companies must pay general excise tax on the sale of hotel rooms in Hawaii.

The court upheld tax assessments on gross receipts from online travel car rentals not sold as part of a travel or tour package with other services like airline or hotel reservations.

It also ruled that under a special provision in Hawaii’s general excise tax law for tourism-related services, these companies owe general excise taxes on their net receipts from car rental transactions that were included in a travel or tour package sold to consumers.