Friday, August 31, 2012

Advertising campaign set to run for tax amnesty

An advertising campaign to promote Rhode Island's tax amnesty program is right around the corner.

Print ads, like the one below, will begin running early next month. Online and radio ads will follow later in the amnesty period.

The amnesty opens on September 2, and will run through November 15, 2012. More information is available at the program's website:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tax amnesty launched by Governor Chafee

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee this afternoon officially launched the state's tax amnesty program.

Rhode Island Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan joined Governor Chafee for a news conference in the State Room at the State House in Providence to kick off the 75-day tax amnesty period, which ends in November. Click here for the news release.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee
and Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan

Amnesty FAQs updated

The Tax Division today updated its list of FAQs regarding the state's tax amnesty program. The agency plans to further update the list as needed during the 75-day amnesty period, which starts this weekend and runs through November 15.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Governor Chafee to launch tax amnesty

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee is to hold a State House news conference tomorrow at 4 p.m. to kick off the state's tax amnesty program.

The amnesty's website has details about the program and how it will work.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nearly 40 attend public hearing on regs

Nearly 40 people -- including small-business owners, lawyers, and tax officials -- attended a public hearing yesterday on proposed tax regulations.

The hearing, at the Powers Building at One Capitol Hill, Providence, was held by the Tax Division, which is in the process of implementing a number of tax-law changes enacted earlier this year.

Most of the testimony at the hearing focused on the expansion of the sales tax to certain pet care, taxi, limousine, and charter bus services, effective October 1, 2012.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tax amnesty website

Rhode Island’s tax amnesty program now has its own website:

The Tax Division is in the process of adding information to the site in preparation for amnesty, which officially begins on September 2, 2012, and runs through November 15, 2012.

Seminar for owners of taxicabs

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation will hold a seminar next month to explain how the state's 7 percent sales tax will apply to taxicab services.

The seminar -- intended mainly for owners and operators of taxicab services -- will be held on September 12, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way – Suite 101, Providence (off Valley Street).

The sales tax will extend to taxicab services starting October 1, 2012. To help implement the provision, the Tax Division has posted a related Notice and a proposed regulation.

Public hearing tomorrow on proposed regs

The Tax Division will hold a public hearing tomorrow – Thursday, August 23 – on several proposed regulations. In general, the regulations involve changes that will take effect on October 1 -- including the extension of the sales tax to certain clothing, pet care services, taxi services, and limousine services.

The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the Powers Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. Thus far, the Tax Division has received more than 600 public comments about the proposed regulations, most of them having to do with pet care services.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tax Division launches outreach effort

The Tax Division on August 8 began a comprehensive outreach campaign to raise awareness among practitioners, businesses, and others about changes in state tax law.

Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan and other Tax Division personnel held a seminar at the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants in Providence to discuss the coming state tax amnesty program, as well as the extension of the sales tax starting October 1 to certain clothing, taxi services, and pet-care services.