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Rhode Island: Statewide Arts District


Rhode Island now considers the entire state to be an arts district. As such, all original artwork is exempt from sales tax, effective December 1, 2013. Currently, only art sold in specific art districts is eligible for a sales tax exemption.

The exemption applies to "the sale of original and creative works created by -- and sold by -- writers, composers, and artists residing in and conducting a business within the state of Rhode Island…." It also applies to "sales by any other gallery located in the state of Rhode Island."

The exemption is intended to encourage "employment, tourism, sales and spending within the arts sector and adjacent businesses."

Proper handling of sales tax and exemptions can help your business.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.