Friday, June 11, 2021

June 15 deadline is next week

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds taxpayers and tax professionals that June 15 is the deadline for the second installment of estimated tax under the Rhode Island personal income tax. June 15 is also the deadline for a number of business entities. For more information, including details about payment options, click here.



Executive Order extended

Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee has extended Executive Order 20-02, which declared a state of emergency due to the dangers to health and life posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

This Executive Order will remain in full force and effect until July 9, 2021, unless renewed, modified, or terminated by subsequent Executive Orders. For more information, click here.

E-filing schedule this weekend

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the modernized e-file (MeF) system will be temporarily unavailable for a time this weekend due to maintenance. As a result, federal and Rhode Island e-filing will be unavailable during the period.

The MeF system will be shut down from 11:00 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, June 12, through 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, June 13.

The IRS will not be accepting electronically filed federal tax returns during the period. Also, the joint fed-state e-file program will be unavailable during the period. Therefore, Rhode Island returns transmitted via e-file during the period will not be transmitted to the state. Tax preparers and taxpayers should plan accordingly.

  • The joint fed-state e-file program is a cooperative tax-filing effort between the IRS and most states, including Rhode Island. In general, it allows for federal and state returns to be e-filed simultaneously to the IRS. Once the returns are filed, the IRS keeps the federal portion; the state portion is passed along electronically to the applicable state.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Guidance on withholding tax

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has extended an emergency regulation that provides withholding-tax guidance for employers that have employees who are temporarily working remotely due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To learn more, click here.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Reminder about gas tax

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation reminds retailers, motorists, and others that the Rhode Island gasoline tax rate will remain unchanged, at 34 cents per gallon, effective July 1, 2021. For more information, click here.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Division posts reminder for farms about sales tax

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has issued the following reminder: 

Farms that make retail sales of taxable items must collect and remit Rhode Island sales tax on those items.

For more information, click here.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Executive Order extended

Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee has extended an Executive Order involving unemployment insurance matters (including relief for employers related to unemployment insurance tax charges). This Executive Order will remain in full force and effect until June 18, 2021, unless renewed, modified, or terminated by subsequent Executive Orders. For more information, click here.