Lawmaker proposes Rhode Island Sales Tax Holiday 2017

Rhode Island lawmakers are considering establishing a sales tax holiday in August of this year. Rhode Island Sales Tax Holiday 2017 could be coming August 12th-13th, 2017. Details below.

Rep. Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. of Warwick filed similar legislation in 2016. Solomon’s latest proposal would put the holiday on the weekend of August 12-13, 2017. No excise or sales taxes would be collected on sales of tangible personal property costing less than $2,500, but the holiday would not apply to sales of telecommunications service, tobacco products, gas, steam, oil, electricity, motor vehicles or motor boats. Rhode Island Sales Tax Holiday 2017 to take place in August 2017, if bill passed.

“I’m tired of seeing people leave the state to purchase goods in Massachusetts,” Solomon said in a statement Thursday. “I want to see people from other states coming here to make their retail purchases.”

Both Massachusetts and Connecticut have had sales tax holidays in recent years. The sales tax holiday is considered a boost to businesses by sparking economic activity, Solomon said.

The bill has been referred to the House Finance Committee, Solomon’s office said.

For more visit the Rhode Island Tax Free Weekend 2017 main page.