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The Great Rhode Island Alcohol Exemption Experiment


 Wine and spirits sold in Rhode Island liquor stores is exempt from sales tax through June 30, 2015.

Update, 7.6.2015: The sale of wine and spirits at liquor stores in Rhode Island is now permanently exempt from Rhode Island’s 7 percent sales and use tax. Additional information.

In 2013, Rhode Island instituted a 16-month trial sales tax exemption for wine and spirits. The exemption only applies to wine and spirits, and only to wine and spirits sold in liquor stores. Beer and other malt beverages remain subject to Rhode Island sales tax, no matter where they’re sold.

The trial period was initially scheduled to run from December 1, 2013 through March 31, 2015. However, March 31, 2015 has come and gone and the exemption is still in effect. According to a Rhode Island Division of Taxation April 2015 newsletter, the sales tax exemption is now scheduled to end effective June 30, 2015.

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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.