Personal Income Tax
Procedure and Administration
R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-30-100
§ 44-30-100. Lookup table to report use tax on personal income tax return.
(a) When reporting the amount of use tax obligation on the Rhode Island personal income return, the taxpayer shall list either the actual amount (from books, records, and other sources), or an amount using a lookup table established by the tax administrator.
(b) Establishment of lookup table.
(1) The tax administrator shall create the lookup table with reference to a taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income (AGI) as listed on the Rhode Island personal income tax return before modifications, adjustments, or other changes. To determine the amount of use tax from the lookup table, the taxpayer shall multiply 0.0008 by the amount of the taxpayer's federal AGI as listed on the Rhode Island personal income tax return before modifications, adjustments, or other changes.
(2) The AGI income ranges within the lookup table shall be adjusted by the tax administrator by December 31 of each calendar year by the percentage, if any, by which the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) as of the close of the 12-month period ending on August 31 of that year, exceeds the CPI-U as of the close of the 12-month period ending on August 31 of the immediately preceding year. For purposes of the annual calculation, the tax administrator shall be free to substitute an inflation index which is substantially similar to the CPI-U.
(3) If a taxpayer uses the lookup table, the taxpayer shall list on the return not only the result from the lookup table, but also the actual amount of each single purchase whose purchase price equals or exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(4) Instructions for the personal income tax form shall indicate that the use of the lookup table as described in this section is, for the taxpayer, a "safe harbor" alternative to listing the actual amount of the taxpayer's use tax obligation.
(c) When completing and filing a Rhode Island personal income tax return, the taxpayer shall check a box attesting to the amount of use tax listed on the return. The tax administrator shall direct computer software providers to require the taxpayer or the taxpayer's preparer to proactively check the box; software providers shall not program an automatically checked attestation box.
(d) The tax administrator shall make clear on personal income tax forms and instructions that use tax is typically due on internet, mail-order, and catalog out-of-state purchases.
History of Section.
P.L. 2014, ch. 145, art. 12, § 2.