Meal and beverage tax collections make strong gains

COLLECTIONS OF THE 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island have increased 11.4 percent year over year through the first six months of fiscal 2018 to $15.2 million. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE MACGREGOR
COLLECTIONS OF THE 1 percent meal and beverage tax in Rhode Island have increased 11.4 percent year over year through the first six months of fiscal 2018 to $15.2 million. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE MACGREGOR
PROVIDENCE – If the volume of local 1 percent meal and beverage tax collections are any indication, the food service business in Rhode Island had a good second half of 2017. Based on data released by the state Department of Revenue Friday, collections of the meal and beverage tax increased 11.4 percent to $15.2 million…

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