House Finance Committee to Hear Bill Submitted by House Minority Whip Blake A. Filippi To Repeal Beer and Malt Sales Tax
STATE HOUSE -- On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the House Finance Committee will hold a hearing on House bill 5380, submitted by House Minority Whip Blake A. Filippi (Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly), which seeks to eliminate the retail sales tax on beer and malt beverages.
Whip Filippi said; “Our legislation will remove the current 7% sales tax on beer and other malt beverages. In 2013, the General Assembly voted to repeal the retail sales tax on wine and spirits, and the state has realized net economic gains from increased sales, particularly in our border communities. Beer and malt beverages should be included in the repeal. Rhode Island sees stiff competition with our neighbor Massachusetts, which in 2010 repealed its state retail sales tax on all alcoholic beverages.”
“Our legislation is in the best interest of Rhode Island merchants – who are losing business to customers who don’t mind traveling a few miles across the border to save money. Rhode Island needs to do everything it can to help small business owners grow their businesses, while also providing cost-savings to residents,” he added.
House bill 5380 is co-sponsored by House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick), Representative Bob Quattrocchi (R-District 41 Scituate, Cranston), Representative Robert B. Lancia (R-District 16 Cranston), and Representative Sherry Roberts (R-District 29 Coventry, West Greenwich).
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903