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Rhode Island Pet Services Taxation


The Rhode Island Division of Taxation will hold a hearing on August 23, 2012 at 9:30 am on the proposed rule-making on pet services and sales tax.

Recently, Rhode Island Governor Chaffee signed the 2013 Budget Bill, which states:

“With respect to the broadening of the sales tax base, the General Assembly approved the extension of the state’s 7.0 percent sales tax, effective October 1, 2012, to…pet services providers other than providers of veterinary services and laboratory testing...” (page 2/3).

Per the General Laws of Rhode Island, the state must give “…notice of its intent to issue a regulation regarding pet care services (except veterinary and testing laboratories services).” The notice provides the opportunity for the public to inspect the rule. Interested parties can “…submit written or oral comments concerning the proposed regulations….”

WHAT THE RULE SAYS

Effective October 1, 2012, Pet Services, such as grooming, boarding, sitting and training pets, are now taxable in Rhode Island. Any business or individual “…furnishing pet care services…in this state is a retailer as provided in RIGL §44-18-15, and is required to register with the Tax Administrator and to charge, collect, and remit Rhode Island sales and use tax.”

So, next time Fido gets a hair cut or goes to the doggy hotel while you are out of town…don’t forget the sales tax!

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”