1% meal and beverage tax collection declines in Nov.

COLLECTION OF the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in November totaled $2 million, a decline of $96,821 year over year. COURTESY HEMENWAY’S/LUCAS PRESTON
COLLECTION OF the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island in November totaled $2 million, a decline of $96,821 year over year. COURTESY HEMENWAY’S/LUCAS PRESTON

PROVIDENCE – Collection of the 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island declined 4.6 percent year over year to $2 million in November 2018, according to the R.I. Department of Revenue Thursday.

The decline can largely be attributed to a $50,384 decline in collections in Westerly from $106,639 to $56,255, accounting for more than half of the drop.

The largest collection of any municipality in the state was Providence at $488,047 in November, followed by Warwick at $222,916.

Fiscal year to date in November, collections of the tax totaled $12.4 million, a 5.9 percent decline year over year. The $772,013 decline includes a $535,923 transfer of Providence collections to sales and use tax due to audits of prior periods.

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The 1 percent meal and beverage tax is collected by the state and then returned to the municipalities in which they were generated.