Rhode Island Sales Tax Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding Rhode Island sales tax rules.


If you're new to collecting sales tax in Rhode Island, our guide can help you get started. We'll cover sales tax basics and help you understand how to get registered, set up tax collection, and file your ongoing tax returns.

I would rather automate my Rhode Island sales tax filing

Table of Contents

An Overview of Rhode Island Sales Tax

Understanding where, when, and how to collect Rhode Island sales tax is no easy task. Whether you're collecting tax dollars at the point-of-sale or collecting Rhode Island internet sales tax, our guide will break down the sales tax compliance process into focused, easy to understand chapters.

Rhode Island Sales Tax Nexus

Understanding whether you need to collect, file, and remit Rhode Island sales tax depends on a concept known as nexus. In this chapter, we'll take a look at situations that may trigger in Rhode Island such as storing inventory in the state, hiring state residents, and click-through nexus.

Registering to Collect Rhode Island Sales Tax

You'll want to get started establishing Rhode Island sales tax compliance by understanding how to get your business registered for the necessary sales tax permit. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand when is the best time to get your business registered in Rhode Island.

Collecting Sales Tax in Rhode Island

After you've registered your business with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation, you're ready to begin collecting sales tax. We'll review topics such as Rhode Island sales tax exemptions, sales tax holidays, and determining state and local sales tax rates.

Filing Rhode Island Sales Tax Returns

Now that you're business is registered with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation and collecting sales tax, you'll need to file tax returns in an ongoing basis. We'll help you gain a deep understand of the process of filing sales tax returns. Topic covered include filing frequencies, filing on behalf of a client, and what happens if you file late.

Rhode Island Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Every business that registers to collect Rhode Island sales tax will be assigned a filing frequency. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the filing frequencies and associated due dates supported by the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.

Late Filing Penalties, Fines & Interest

We know, mistakes happen and, from time to time, sales tax filing deadlines are missed. In this chapter, we'll take a look at what penalties you may be required to pay should you miss your assigned Rhode Island sales tax filing date. We'll also consider interest charges for late sales tax payments.

Sales Tax on Rhode Island Shipping & Handling

The rise of the internet economy has made it possible for buyers around the world to order your products. Did you know shipping and handling may be taxable? In this chapter we'll cover sales tax on shipping and handling in Rhode Island. You'll want to pay attention here because there are some important details pertaining to invoicing you'll want to understand.