Gov. Gina Raimondo is rejecting pleas from Rhode Island restaurants to waive Friday’s deadline for them to remit sales tax money to the state to help them amid the unprecedented industry shutdown caused by COVID-19.
Restaurants, bars and other establishments collect sales tax when a customer closes out a tab, but the money does not immediately go to the state. Instead, the establishments transfer – or remit – the accumulated sales tax money to the state periodically.
A number of restaurateurs have suggested the governor should allow them to delay the payment for February sales — due Friday — in light of her decision to temporarily ban dine-in service to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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by Ted Nesi, KIm kalunian, and Robb nesbitt
march 31, 2020