A bill to sunset Rhode Island's sales tax has made it to the General Assembly. The bill known as Sales Tax Repeal Act of 2013 or 2013-H-5365 is championed by Representative Jan P. Malik (D-Dist. 67, Barrington and Warren).
The legislation was introduced into the Rhode Island House of Representatives by Representative Malik, Representative Brian C. Newberry (R-Dist. 48, North Smithfield and Burriville), Representative Joseph M. McNamara (D-Dist. 19, Warwick and Cranston), and Representative Samuel A. Azzinaro (D-Dist. 37, Westerly) and Representative Arthur J. Corvese (D-Dist. 53, North Providence). 28 other representatives also support the new legislation.
Currently Rhode Island's sales tax is seven percent and eight percent at restaurants. The proposed legislation would abolish the sales tax by Oct. 01, 2013. In its current form, the law would also sunset or eliminate the food and beverage tax on same day as the sales tax is removed.