Rhode Island Pet Services Taxation
- Jul 31, 2012 | Susan McLain
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!