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Incorporate in Hawaii

Date: 06/26/2018 | Category: | Author: Jakub Vele

Incorporate in Hawaii

Incorporate in Hawaii
When you think of Hawaii, the first thing that comes to mind is being in one of the most exotic locales in the world. The question is – can you set up a company in Hawaii and sustain stable growth? Yes, you can. Since, this is a tourist destination, the tourism industry in 2017 set a new record with visitors spending $16.78 billion, which is a straight jump of 6.2 percent since 2016. The good news is that several new businesses opened up and effect supporting 204,000 jobs. If this is not the place to start a business then where is?

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Why Choose Hawaii for Incorporation?

Tourism has definitely opened the industry and also created space for other industries directly or indirectly related to it like travel or transportation, food services, accommodation, real estate etc. A 9.7 percent gain in visitors spending in Hawaii in 2017 can be seen in several areas including lodging or accommodation, food and beverage, shopping, and entertainment and recreation, and this is considered as one of the reasons for the rise in number of company incorporations in Hawaii. Here’s a Year over year (YOY) data for small businesses in Hawaii:

  • 2017 – Number of Small Businesses: 128,863 – Employment Created: 271,340 – Growth, Annual Rate: 1.3%
  • 2016 – Number of Small Businesses: 126,600 – Employment Created: 267,796 – Growth, Annual Rate: 0.3%
  • 2015 – Number of Small Businesses: 122,566 – Employment Created: 263,364 – Growth, Annual Rate: 3.8%

Now let’s take a look at some of the salient benefits that are responsible for fueling growth of small businesses:

Hawaii Enterprise Zone Program

The Enterprise Zones Partnership Program (EZ) established by Hawaii State Legislature is being promoted by Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). If you set up a company in Hawaii that falls in a specific enterprise zone like Kauai County or Honolulu County then the business entity will enjoy tax benefits and other incentives. Businesses can also claim state income tax credits for a period of 7 consecutive years. To become an enterprise zone business, enroll here.

Business Grants and Incentives

One of the advantages of incorporation in Hawaii is that you can benefit from or claim a variety of business grants and incentives. One of the most popular program is:

  • Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR): This is a Federal program that can be categorized into three phases. If you set up a company in Hawaii, and are new to SBIR, and if you require funds for business expansion then this is the program that will help you. You can apply for funds through HTDC’s Hawaii SBIR Phase 0 Grant program.

How do you incorporate in Hawaii?

What is the process of incorporation in Hawaii? What type of documentation is required? These are some of the common questions that you will be confronted with if you are planning to start a new business in the state. The following steps will enable understanding of the entire process:

Business Type

The first step towards incorporation in Hawaii is choosing the type of business you want to form. You can choose to form an LLC or a Corporation. The type of business entity you want to form can be either a domestic or a foreign entity. The forms and fee will however be different for each type of entity. Know more

Business Entity Name

One of the most important steps towards incorporation in Hawaii is naming your business entity. You have to start by identifying, searching, reserving, and then registering the business entity name. There are 3 steps towards business name formation and they are:

  • Naming Requirements: A corporate name pursuant to HI Rev Stat § 414-51 (2010 through Reg Sess) should contain the words “corporation”, “incorporated” or abbreviation like “corp.”, and “inc.” The names should be distinguishable from existing names.
  • Business name search: You need to search for a business name that is not in use currently. You can conduct a name search here.
  • Name Reservation: Once you have identified a business entity name, it is advisable to reserve the name by filing an application with Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs pursuant to HI Rev Stat § 414-52 (2010 through Reg Sess). Name reservations are valid for 120 days.
    Application of Reservation of Name

Choose a Registered Agent

A domestic business entity as well as foreign entity authorized to transact business in the state of Hawaii will have to maintain a registered agent pursuant to HI Rev Stat § 414-61 (2010 through Reg Sess). We are one of the respected registered agents in Hawaii and will be responsible for initiating incorporation in Hawaii through the processing of your “Articles of Incorporation” for domestic corporations and “Certificate of Authority” for foreign corporations.

Articles of Incorporation and Certificate of Authority

You will be required to submit an “Articles of Incorporation” if your business is a domestic corporation and a “Certificate of Authority” if it is a foreign business entity. In order to streamline the process of incorporation in Hawaii, we can file documents on your behalf through the online process or through an expedited process.

Date Stamped Copies

As a part of the process of company incorporation in Hawaii, we will ensure, you receive date-stamped and filed copies that verifies the state has filed as well as formed your corporation.

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Why Hawaii?

Date: 07/06/2015 | Category: | Author: Jakub Vele

Why incorporate in Hawaii?

Business Information & Rankings

  • Hawaii ranked as the Most Expensive State to Do Business (Cost-of-Doing Business Index, Milken Institute, 2005)
  • Hawaii ranked 50th on Climate for Small Business and Entrepreneurs (Small Business Survival Index, 2004)
  • Hawaii ranked last on the State Business Tax Climate Index (The Tax Foundation, 2004)
  • A poll of 458 Chief Executives ranked Hawaii as the 5th -least-attractive state for business.

Note: It is expensive to live and do business in Hawaii. A limit on the amount of developable land available and Hawaii?s distance from the Mainland translates to higher costs associated with having to import most items. Because of these reasons, Hawaii does not rank well on most business indexes.

Cost of Living Index

For Honolulu, HI (2005):Index Score
Misc. Goods & Services:124.1

Crime Rate

Hawaii has the 46th lowest crime ranking in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Justice, FBI, Uniform Crime Reports, 2004)

Fees & Taxes

Business Inventory Tax
Business inventory is exempt.

Corporate Income Tax

First$25.0004.4 %
Next$75.0005.4 %
Over$100.0006.4 %

Qualified taxpayers with Hawaii sales of $100,000 or less may pay an alternative tax of 0.5% of Hawaii gross annual sales.

Personal Income Tax
Hawaii’s personal income tax system consists of nine brackets with a top rate of 8.25% starting at an income level of $40,000. This top rate ranks the state 5th highest among states levying personal income taxes.

Personal Property Tax
Exempt. Intangible personal property is exempt from taxation. Personal property such as cars or boats are not subject to property tax.

Real property, land and improvements are taxed with assessments at 100% “fair market value.” Tax rates are per $1,000 net assessed value.

State Sales and Use Tax
Base Rate: 4%
Machinery Rate: 0.5%

Unemployment Insurance
Hawaii’s new employers’ rate is 2.4% for 3 years.


Date: 06/22/2015 | Category: | Author: Jakub Vele


Including Massachusetts State Initial Filing fee $275.00 and $89.00 fee for checking name availability,preparing Massachusetts state-approved Articles of incorporation, filing Articles with state, sending Articles to you.

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Once your company is set up, you will need:

  1. Tax ID (EIN) – free over the Internet or phone.
  2. Yearly Requirements and Fees for Massachusetts companies – Statement of Information is an initial statement of officers or member/managers that must be filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State within 90 days after filing original articles, and every year thereafter in the applicable filing period. For LLCs there is an addition Franchise Tax that is $800 per year. The first payment must be made within 3 months of your LLC.
  3. Company Minutes & Stock Certificates – are included in incorporation. You will have access to documents generated on your client account.

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Each corporation shall continuously maintain in the commonwealth: (1) a registered office that may, but need not be, the same as any of its places of business; and (2) a registered agent who may be any of the following individuals or entities whose business office is also the registered office of the corporation: (i) an individual, including the secretary or another officer of the corporation; (ii) a domestic corporation or not-for-profit domestic corporation; or (iii) a foreign corporation or not-for-profit foreign corporation qualified to do business in this commonwealth.