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Rhode Island Corporate Tax Exemption

 

STEPS TO APPLYING FOR TAX EXEMPTION IN RHODE ISLAND

Is my Rhode Island non-profit corporation eligible for any state tax exemptions?

Yes. RI nonprofit corporations are possibly eligible for state sales and use tax exemptions, if they meet the state government’s qualifications.

How does a non-profit corporation qualify for sale and use tax exemption in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island allows only certain kinds organizations exemption from the state taxes; they are as follows:

  • Organizations with 501(c)3 status.
  • Nonprofit hospitals.
  • Accredited educational institutions.
  • Orphanages.
  • Nonprofit interest-free loan associations.
  • Nonprofit organized sporting leagues.
  • Parent-teacher associations.
  • Nonprofit senior citizen clubs.

If your organization falls into one of the categories above, you must complete an Application for Certificate of Exemption for an Exempt Organization from the Rhode Island Sales and Use Tax, which can be downloaded on the Rhode Island Department of Revenue website. Once you submit the form to the Division of Taxation, if accepted, you will be mailed a certificate of exemption for your RI nonprofit organization. The whole process can take up to 30 days. It is free to apply. You must file by mail or in person.

Can a nonprofit corporation receive an exemption from Rhode Island’s corporate business tax?

No. All corporations, even if they have been qualified as 501c3 entities, must pay the Rhode Island state corporate tax.

Rhode Island taxation contact info:

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
DIVISION OF TAXATION
FIELD AUDIT SECTION
ONE CAPITOL HILL
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND 02908
Phone: (401) 574-8941
Website: www.tax.ri.gov

This comprehensive guide to obtaining and maintaining 501c3 status from the IRS includes information on how to prepare your nonprofit to apply for 501c3 status, as well as information about the forms and fees required by the IRS.

This guide overviews and includes the special tax-exempt language a 501c3 nonprofit organization must include as part of its articles of incorporation. 

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