Rhode Island Sales Tax on Leases and Rentals Rhode Island: Sales Tax Handbook

Rhode Island:

Are Leases and Rentals subject to sales tax?

While Rhode Island's sales tax generally applies to most transactions, certain items have special treatment in many states when it comes to sales taxes. This page describes the taxability of leases and rentals in Rhode Island, including motor vehicles and tangible media property. To learn more, see a full list of taxable and tax-exempt items in Rhode Island.

Motor Vehicles
In the state of Rhode Island, in cases in which a rentals extends for a maximum of 30 days, the car rental company is required to collect an additional surcharge.

Tangible Media Property
In the state of Rhode Island, the lessor has the option to elect to pay taxes only on the cost of the property in question upon acquisition or can collect taxes on the total charges from rent or lease.

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