Title 3
Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 10
Taxation of Beverages

R.I. Gen. Laws § 3-10-21

§ 3-10-21. Refund of taxes and service fees on lost, unmarketable, or condemned beverages.

(a) Holders of manufacturer’s, wholesaler’s, and retailer’s licenses issued pursuant to this title shall, upon claim made to the liquor control administrator, receive a refund of any taxes and service fees previously paid on alcoholic beverages, which were lost, rendered unmarketable, or condemned by an authorized official by reason of:

(1) Fire, flood, casualty, or other disaster; or

(2) Breakage, destruction, or other damage (but not including theft) resulting from vandalism or malicious mischief, if this disaster or damage occurred in this state and if these alcoholic beverages were held and intended for sale at the time of this disaster or other damage. Refunds provided in this section shall be made to the person holding the alcoholic beverages for sale at the time of the disaster or other damage.

(b) No refund shall be allowed under this section unless:

(1) A claim is filed within six (6) months after the date upon which the alcoholic beverages were lost, rendered unmarketable or condemned by an authorized official; and

(2) The claimant furnishes satisfactory proof to the liquor control administrator that the claimant:

(i) Was not indemnified by any valid claim of insurance or otherwise in respect of the taxes or service fees on the alcoholic beverages covered by the claim; and

(ii) Is entitled to payment under this section.

(c) No claim of less than one hundred dollars ($100) is allowed under this section with respect to any disaster or other damage (as the case may be).

(d) When payment has been made under this section in respect of the tax or service fee on the alcoholic beverages condemned by an authorized official or rendered unmarketable, the alcoholic beverages shall be destroyed under the supervision as the liquor control administrator may prescribe, unless the alcoholic beverages were previously destroyed under supervision satisfactory to the liquor control administrator.

History of Section.
P.L. 1987, ch. 92, § 1.