R.I. collected $4.5M in amnesty payments in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Division of Taxation said that in December, the first full month of tax amnesty offered in the state, revenue from the program totaled $4.5 million.

The division received about 4,200 amnesty applications in December.

Personal income tax accounted for a majority of amnestied revenue, at $2.8 million in collection.

The taxes paid ranged across 22 tax types, including $517,562.80 in corporate tax, $41,679.96 from a compassion center and $43.34 in hotel tax revenue.

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“Under the terms of amnesty, if you pay what you owe in back taxes, we’ll eliminate all penalties and erase 25 percent of the interest you owe,” R.I. Tax Administrator Neena S. Savage said in a statement. “Now is the time to step forward and take advantage of the many benefits available under our amnesty program. Now’s the time to clean your slate and get a fresh start.”

The deadline for tax amnesty is Feb. 15, 2018. The R.I. Division of Taxation has extended some of its hours to accommodate questions on the tax amnesty. The division also has launched an online reservation system for taxpayers convenience.

The following are the division’s extended office hours and the dates on which they will occur. Normal operating hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The division will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 25, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon