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Is Shipping Taxable in Rhode Island?

by Mark Faggiano

Shipping Taxability Rhode Island

Ever been confused by sales tax? Don’t worry, you are not alone. It can be difficult subject to navigate, especially because each state generates their own legislation to deal with it. Subjects like whether to charge sales tax on shipping and handling can be very trying. Let’s see what the state of Rhode Island has on file for that very subject.

Is Shipping Taxable in Rhode Island?

Here is what the State of Rhode Island Division of Taxation says:

Rhode Island Shipping

You will most likely need to charge sales tax on shipping charges in Rhode Island. Rhode Island considers shipping charges a part of the sale price of the item, so if the item is taxable so is shipping.

On the other hand, if the item isn’t taxable, then don’t charge sales tax on the shipping charges.

Final Ruling

If the item you are selling is taxable, then charge sales tax on the shipping charges to customers in Rhode Island. If the item isn’t taxable, don’t charge sales tax on the shipping charges.

Still have questions? Start the conversation in the comments!

  • Criss Ellen Anderson

    Thank you!! This answered my question! I live in RI and just received an exemption for collecting sales tax on my original artwork I sell online, but couldn’t figure out if I still had to charge tax on the shipping! That simplifies it so much!

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