Rhode Island Pet Boarding Services: Now You Tax ‘Em, Now You Don’t
- May 9, 2014 | Gail Cole
Correction, 5.23.14: As written below, effective June 1, 2014, regulation SU 87-11 is repealed and replaced by 14-153, which applies only to agriculture. However, boarding services (except veterinary and testing laboratories services) remain subject to Rhode Island sales tax, pursuant to 12-152.
In 2012, Rhode Island sales tax was extended to many pet care services, including pet boarding services (see also Regulation 12-152). Then in 2013, talk spread of abolishing Rhode Island sales tax altogether. That didn’t happen; but beginning December 1, 2013, Rhode Island did extend an exemption for sales by writers, composers and artists from specific districts to the entire state.
It seems the pendulum is still swinging towards sales tax exemptions. The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has announced its intent to repeal Regulation SU 87-11, which applies sales tax to pet boarding services. The repeal will take effect June 1, 2014, at which point the “boarding of animals” will once again be exempt from Rhode Island sales tax.
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