I can tell when someone is really considering buying real estate on Kauai when they start asking about property taxes.  :)

The good news is that compared to almost everywhere Kauai County has a low real estate tax rate.  It is a little different however than most places.

Real estate taxes on Kauai is based on a combination of both the county's assessed value of your property and how your property is used.

The 2016 real estate tax code for Kauai county is as follows:

(Per $1,000 Net Assessed Valuation)                             Tax Rate

Homestead                                                                      $3.05                        

Residential                                                                       $6.05

Residential Investor                                                         $9.40

Vacation Rental                                                               $9.85

Commercial                                                                     $8.10

Commercialized Home Use                                             $5.05

Agricultural                                                                      $6.75  

Conservation                                                                    $6.75


For example if you own a primary residence on Kauai which the county values at $1,000.000 for 2016 you would pay $6,050 in real estate or property taxes to the county of Kauai.

If you purchased a vacation rental also valued at $1,000,000 in 2016 you would pay $9,850 in real property taxes to the county of Kauai.

Tax rate are subject to change.  To verify these rates please click on the link below. 

Kauai County Real Estate Tax Rates

If you have additional questions please talk to a qualified tax professional.


Anne Eliason

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