State sales tax rate

7%
Base state sales tax rate 7%

* While the base rate applies statewide, it’s only a starting point for calculating sales tax in Rhode Island. For an accurate tax rate for each jurisdiction, add other applicable local rates on top of the base rate.

Download the Rhode Island tax rate table

Need fast access to the current sales tax rates in Rhode Island? Get them here. The Rhode Island tax rate table includes county tax rates, city tax rates, and more in a .CSV file organized by ZIP code.

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Rhode Island sales tax basics

The Rhode Island (RI) state sales tax rate is currently 7%.

Rhode Island is one of the few states with a single, statewide sales tax. RI is a Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) state. Avalara is a Certified Service Provider (CSP) for SST.

Businesses that sell, rent or lease taxable tangible personal property at retail in Rhode Island must register with the state and collect sales tax. Providers of taxable services must also register with the state.

As a Streamlined Sales Tax state, Rhode Island encourages out-of-state businesses without a sales tax obligation to register with the state and collect.

 

 

How to register to collect sales tax in Rhode Island


New businesses may register online through the Division of Taxation’s Business Registration. Business Application and Registration forms may also be submitted by mail or in person at the Division of Taxation in Providence. Retail sales permits may be renewed through the Retail Sales Permit Renewal System.

Businesses selling into multiple states may register with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Project.


How to file sales tax returns in Rhode Island

Sales and use tax forms are available through the Division of Taxation. Online filing is available for monthly and quarterly filers, as well as monthly motor vehicle filers.

Most businesses file monthly returns. However, businesses with a sales and use tax liability averaging less than $200 per month for six consecutive months may be permitted to file quarterly returns. The Tax Administrator must authorize quarterly returns in writing.

Zero returns (no sales tax due) are required.

 

Deadlines for filing sales tax returns in Rhode Island

Sales tax returns are due on or before the 20th day of the month following the month when sales tax is collected. Additional information.

 

Rhode Island Sales Tax Rate by County

Are you looking for tax rates within a certain county? We have a list of all the counties in Rhode Island along with their sales tax rate.

 

Rhode Island Sales Tax Rates by City

Each city or town in Rhode Island may charge additional sales tax. Find the local tax rate for each city.

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