Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tax Administrator meets with IRS in Washington

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan met in Washington, D.C., this afternoon with Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and tax preparation software providers to discuss ways to combat tax refund fraud.

“We are encouraged by the cooperation shown here today among the states, the IRS, and the software industry,” Sullivan said after the meeting, which he attended in his role as president of the Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA).

“Tax refund fraud is a huge issue – and it’s not going to be solved by any one group or organization dictating a solution,” Sullivan said. “To rein in this growing problem, we all need to work together, in partnership – sharing information, ideas, and solutions,” Sullivan said following the meeting, which was held at IRS headquarters at 1111 Constitution Avenue NW.

“Such a joint effort – with the IRS, the states, and the industry working together – serves all of our interests, including the interests of the taxpayer,” said Sullivan.

The FTA, which sponsored Sullivan's trip to the meeting, is an association which serves the principal tax collection agencies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, and New York City. The FTA also represents the interests of state tax administrators before federal policymakers.

David Sullivan (left) at IRS meeting in Washington, D.C., today.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Corporate tax deadline

The Division of Taxation today issued a reminder that certain corporate tax returns and tax payments are due on or before Monday, March 16, 2014.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Administrative Decisions: sales tax permit; domicile

The Division of Taxation today posted decisions from two recent administrative hearings:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Decision issued after hearing on cigarette tax

The Division of Taxation has posted a decision from a recent administrative hearing. This one concerns violation of a stipulation involving cigarette tax.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Reminder about estimated payments and combined reporting

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan today issued a reminder about the calculation of estimated tax payments by corporations that are subject to combined reporting. Corporations must take into account combined reporting when calculating their estimates, he noted.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Administrative Decisions on withholding, use tax

The Division of Taxation yesterday posted two new Administrative Decisions:

  • Administrative Decision 2015-03 focuses on whether an employer owes penalty and interest on personal income tax withholding that the employer turned over to its payroll company, which then entered bankruptcy proceedings and did not transmit the withholding to the Division of Taxation.
  • Administrative Decision 2015-04 looks at whether a group of restaurants owe use tax, interest, and penalty on the value of complimentary drinks given to patrons or prospective patrons.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tax Administrator interviewed about fighting refund fraud

Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan discussed efforts to combat tax refund fraud during an interview yesterday on Channel 10. 

Sullivan told Frank Coletta, the veteran Channel 10 anchor, about the steps that the Rhode Island Division of Taxation has put in place to combat refund fraud, which he said is a growing threat at the federal and state tax levels.

The Division is also collaborating with other states, software providers, and the Federation of Tax Administrators to help identify possible patterns of fraud. (Click here for more details.)

Colleta, who anchors the "NBC 10 News Sunrise" and "NBC 10 News at Noon" programs, interviewed Sullivan at Channel 10’s headquarters in Cranston. The segment was broadcast during the station's news program at noon and was repeated on cable TV.

Tax Administrator David Sullivan (left) and Channel 10 Anchor Frank Coletta