Proposal to expand R.I. sales tax to professional services gets critical reception

The proposed sales tax expansion, as shown in this slide, would add $14.4 million to the state general fund./COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
The proposed sales tax expansion, as shown in this slide, would add $14.4 million to the state general fund./COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
PROVIDENCE – The expansion of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to a host of professional services used in commercial buildings, including landscaping, design services and pest control, drew widespread criticism this week at a hearing of the House finance committee. The proposed tax expansion is contained in the fiscal 2020 budget released last month…

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