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Hawaii 1031 Exchanges

When considering a 1031 exchange for a property located in Hawaii compared to other states in the U.S., there aren't fundamental differences in how the 1031 exchange rules apply. The same general principles of the Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 apply, which allow for the deferral of capital gains taxes when you exchange one investment property for another of like-kind.

However, there are a few unique considerations when dealing with properties in Hawaii:

  1. Market Dynamics: Hawaii's real estate market can be significantly different from other parts of the U.S. due to its unique geographic location, limited land availability, and high demand, especially from international and mainland U.S. buyers. This can affect property values, investment opportunities, and the types of properties available for exchange.
  2. Legal and Regulatory Environment: Hawaii may have specific state laws and regulations regarding real estate transactions that aren't found in other states. For example, there are specific rules about land ownership and development that might influence the process and choices in a 1031 exchange.
  3. Cultural and Environmental Considerations: Certain areas in Hawaii have cultural significance and environmental protections that might restrict or influence real estate development and investment. This can impact the feasibility of certain exchanges or the types of properties that are considered like-kind.
  4. Economic Factors: The economy of Hawaii is influenced by different factors than many other states, with heavy reliance on tourism and military presence. These factors can influence real estate markets differently than in other regions, potentially affecting the performance of investment properties.

While these factors may add layers of consideration, they don't change the fundamental way a 1031 exchange is conducted. It's always important to work with professionals who understand both the local market and the specific requirements of Section 1031 to ensure that the exchange process goes smoothly and complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Hawaii State Tax Information

While the federal government taxes capital gains at a lower rate than regular personal income, states usually tax capital gains at the same rates as regular income - this is not the case in Hawaii, which utilizes a lower rate than its personal income tax rate. The Combined Rate accounts for Federal, State, and Local tax rate on capital gains income, the 3.8 percent Surtax on capital gains and the marginal effect of Pease Limitations (which increases the tax rate by 1.18 percent).

Hawaii allows any taxpayer, other than a corporation, acting as a business entity in more than one state who is required by this chapter to file a return to elect to report and pay a tax of 0.5% of its annual gross sales (1) where the taxpayer's only activities in this state consist of sales; and (2) who does not own or rent real estate or tangible personal property; and (3) whose annual gross sales in or into this state during the tax year is not in excess of $100,000. Haw. Rev. Stat. § 235-51 (2015).

State Rate


Local Rate


Combined Rate



A lower rate for capital gains

1031 Exchange Providers in Hawaii

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