State of Rhode Island - Division of Taxation
Sales and Use Tax
Regulation SU 87-117
If the owner or lessee of the premises where the vending machine is located has access to the monies in the machine and remits whatever is owed to the company owning the machine after deducting profits or commissions, he or she is considered to be the retailer. If, however, the owner has no access to the monies in the machine and the monies are collected by the distributor of the machine who then pays a percentage or commission to the owner or lessee of the premises, then the distributor is the retailer.
R. GARY CLARK
DATE: May 1, 1987