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  • Welcome to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation's COVID-19 Information page.
  • This page is intended to provide information and updates related to COVID-19's effects on Taxation.
  • Please see the following items, and the table below, for information currently available.
  • GRANT PROGRAM MODIFIED TO ALLOW CERTAIN APPLICANTS TO USE GROSS RECEIPTS :

      In response to concerns raised by the impacted business community, the Rhode Island Division of Taxation has modified the Rhode Island on Pause Grant Program to provide certain industries the option to report the tax filer’s Rhode Island gross receipts. Businesses eligible to use Gross Receipts include: Indoor Recreation and Entertainment Establishments, Gyms and Fitness Centers, Indoor Sports Facilities, and Event Support Professionals. For more information, click here. To go directly to the grant program's updated webpage, click here. posted 12/02/2020

    APPLY NOW FOR GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY NEW COVID RESTRICTIONS :

      The online application is available now for grants for eligible businesses that will be subject to restrictions amid the two-week pandemic-related pause which begins soon. For more information, see the grant program's webpage, which includes the online application as well as answers to frequently asked questions. For today's announcement, click here. To go directly to the grant program's webpage, click here. posted 11/27/2020

    GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY LATEST COVID RESTRICTIONS :

      Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced grants for eligible businesses that will be subject to restrictions amid the two-week pause which begins soon. For more information, see the webpage the Division launched today, which includes answers to frequently asked questions about the new grant program. Please click here. posted 11/25/2020

    GRANTS FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

      Reminder about grants available for restaurants and bars required to close earlier than usual due to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information, click here. posted 11/24/2020

      Online application form, webpage, and FAQs now available for relief program for restaurants and bars that must close earlier than usual due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information, click here. posted 11/09/2020

      Governor Gina M. Raimondo today announced a relief program for restaurants and bars that must close earlier than usual due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information, click here. posted 11/05/2020

    USE OF FACE MASKS :

      In order to control the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Executive Order 20-24, the Rhode Island Division of Taxation encourages any member of the public entering the Powers Building (where the Division of Taxation is located) to have a face mask/covering while in the building.

      The Division continues to encourage taxpayers, tax preparers, and others to use the Division's website, phone system, email system, and portal, instead of visiting the Division's office, in order to help control transmission of the coronavirus. Virtually all services the Division provides are available online or by phone. To learn more, click here. posted 04/17/2020

  • MORE DEADLINES MOVED TO JULY 15, 2020 :

      The Rhode Island Division of Taxation has postponed more filing and payment deadlines to July 15, 2020. The move mainly involves quarterly estimated payments of personal and business income tax that would normally be due June 15, 2020. See today's announcement for a full explanation of what filings and payments are affected. posted 05/21/2020

  • VOLUNTEER TAX-PREPARATION SITES::

      Although many volunteer tax-preparation sites are closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some sites remain open. To learn more about which Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites continue to prepare returns, click here. posted 06/11/2020

  • ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS:

      In light of the ongoing state of emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic, many administrative hearings scheduled to take place in the coming weeks must be postponed and rescheduled.

      If you have a matter scheduled for preliminary review with the RI Division of Taxation on or before June 1, 2020, please contact the Tax Division at the number listed in the notice scheduling the review to either reschedule or arrange for a phone conference.

      All formal administrative hearings shall be postponed until a date after May 25, 2020. You will receive correspondence with a rescheduled hearing date.

      All prehearing conferences and status conferences are not postponed, but arrangements may be made to reschedule or for the conferences to take place via telephone. The individual attorney assigned to the conference will contact you directly regarding either rescheduling or coordinating a telephone conference.

      Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the RI Division of Taxation at (401) 574-8829. posted 03/30/2020

  • APRIL FILING DEADLINE:
    • In conjunction with announcements made by United States Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo on March 20, 2020, involving the April 15, 2020, deadline for certain tax filings and tax payments, the Division of Taxation has postponed the filing-and-payment deadline for individuals and certain entities to July 15, 2020. Click here for details. posted 03/27/20
  • SALES TAX:
    • The Rhode Island Division of Taxation understands the difficulty that many businesses, including small businesses and retailers, are facing during this unprecedented crisis.
    • To that end, the Division would like to remind businesses that the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation has information about low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Rhode Island small businesses that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus. For details, including links to applications, hotlines, and other resources, please see: https://commerceri.com/covid-19/.
    • The Division also would like to remind businesses that the deadline is Friday, March 20, 2020, for remitting sales tax, meals and beverage tax, and certain other levies. These amounts represent taxes that the businesses’ customers paid during February 2020 and that the businesses held in trust, by law, for remitting to the State of Rhode Island. For more information about the penalties for misappropriating these amounts, please see Rhode Island General Laws Sections 44-19-35 through 37.
    • The Division also would like to remind businesses and other taxpayers that under Regulation 280-RICR-20-00-4 (“Taxpayer Rights and Responsibilities “), they have the express right to request that penalties be abated where there was no negligence or intentional disregard of the law. -- posted 03/19/20
  • Check back as this page and the following table will be updated as information becomes available.
Coronovirus Information and Updates
Document Description
Date
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Advisory Online application now available involving grant program for businesses subject to new pandemic-related restrictions.
11/27/2020
Advisory Information about new grant program for businesses that are subject to restrictions under the coming two-week pause.
11/25/2020
Advisory Reminder about grants available for restaurants and bars required to close earlier than usual due to pandemic.
11/24/2020
Website Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Program website launched for to aid owners of restaurants/bars affected by closures mandated by the Governor's Executive Order in applying for relief
11/09/2020
Publication Coronavirus Relief Fund Grant Program FAQs for restaurants and bars subject to early-closing order
11/09/2020
Advisory Relief program for restaurants and bars that must close earlier than usual amid pandemic.
11/05/2020
Advisory Reminder about office visit protocol amid pandemic
10/28/2020
Advisory Reminder: Deadline for filings and payments is tomorrow, July 15, 2020
07/14/2020
Newsletter Includes details about July 15 deadline, tax on UI benefits, and other topics
07/10/2020
Advisory Reminder: Deadline for filings and payments is July 15
07/01/2020
Advisory Sales tax permits: Temporary relief for certain retailers
06/11/2020
Flyer IRS-sponsored teleconference: "COVID-19 Relief Town Hall Discussion"
06/03/2020
Advisory Employers, telecommuting, nexus, and apportionment
05/28/2020
Form Coronavirus Hardship Penalty Waiver Request
05/29/2020
Advisory Tax-related help available amid pandemic
05/27/2020
Advisory Summary of regulation about employers, withholding tax, and telecommuting
05/26/2020
Regulation Emergency regulation on employer withholding tax, telecommuting (work from home)
05/26/2020
Advisory Division moves more filing/payment deadlines to July 15, 2020
05/21/2020
Advisory Don't wait until July 15 deadline to file for a refund
05/15/2020
Advisory Reminder about employer withholding tax
04/30/2020
Advisory Update on personal income tax refunds amid the pandemic
04/28/2020
Advisory More information about economic impact payments
04/17/2020
Advisory Deadlines unchanged for remitting sales and use tax
04/15/2020
Advisory Unemployment insurance tax - information for employers (revised)
04/15/2020
Advisory Preparers urged to review data security practices amid coronavirus
04/09/2020
Advisory Division warns about stimulus payment scams, offers FAQs on the payments
04/02/2020
Website Rhode Island Free File program still available for free tax-prep and free e-file
04/01/2020
Advisory Notice to hotels, vacation properties, & others about guests arriving in Rhode Island
03/30/2020
Notice Notice to hotels, realtors, and others involved in hospitality and real estate transactions
03/28/2020
Notice Notice to hotel guests, short-term occupants, residential renters, and homebuyers
03/28/2020
Notice Addendum for Renter/Tenant/Lessee/Purchaser
03/28/2020
Advisory Division postpones filing and payment deadline to July 15 (ADV revised April 6)
03/27/2020
Advisory Division establishes webpage to address issues related to coronavirus outbreak
03/18/2020
Advisory Division encourages taxpayers to reduce in-person visits as part of effort to slow transmission of coronavirus. Agency recommends use of its website, portal, and email and telephone systems
03/14/2020
Notice Hearings and other matters amid coronavirus
03/30/2020