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The Division of Taxation is offering a seminar in 2016. The focus will be taxes on short-term residential rentals. The seminar is open to property owners, real estate agents, tax professionals, and others. Topics include registering with the Division of Taxation, calculating and collecting the taxes, sending the taxes to the Division, and filing returns. Questions will also be answered.
To view the main presentation for the seminar, please click on the following link: Presentation.
If you rent out an entire house, an entire cottage, an entire condo, an entire apartment, or other such accommodation, and the rental period is for 30 days or less, collect from your tenants the 7% sales tax and the 1% hotel tax and send all of the tax revenue to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
If you rent out a room in an apartment, condo, house, or other such residential accommodation, and the rental period is for 30 days or less, collect from your tenants the 7% sales tax, the 1% local hotel tax, and the 5% statewide hotel tax -- and send all of the tax revenue to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
If you have not already done so, register with the Division of Taxation and pay the $10 fee for a sales tax permit. To obtain a copy of the form, click here. To see which parts of the form you must fill in (the required parts of highlighted in yellow), click here.
As for sending in the sales and hotel taxes, you must use two separate forms: one for the sales taxes, the other for the hotel taxes.
Don't forget to read the Division of Taxation's answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about taxes on short-term residential rentals. The FAQs should answer many of your questions. To view the FAQs, click here. If you still have questions, call our Excise Tax section, at (401) 574-8955 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. business days.