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Beginning this Sunday, shoppers who purchase wine and spirits from a liquor store in Rhode Island, will not have to pay the stateâ€™s 7 percent sales tax.
The 7 percent sales tax is also being eliminated on original works of art or limited edition works of art purchased in the state.
â€śThese new provisions come just in time for the busy shopping season,â€ť said Rhode Island Tax Administrator David M. Sullivan. â€śThey should help to spur sales and boost Rhode Islandâ€™s economy.â€ť
The changes are the result of legislation approved by the general assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee. The law was enacted in July 2013, but the two provisions involving sales tax take effect beginning Dec. 1.
Under the new legislation, wine and spirits sold at package stores and liquor stores will be exempt from Rhode Island sales and use tax for a 16-month period from Dec. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2013.
The new laws also designate the entire state of Rhode Island as an arts district, beginning Dec. 1.