Rhode Island Secretary of State
Phone: (401) 222-3983
Fax: (401) 222-1404 firstname.lastname@example.org
Taxation in Rhode Island
Rhode Island imposes a tax on all smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco products sold or held for sale in the state by any person. The tax imposed on little cigars is imposed in accordance with the cigarette tax rules cited below. Any dealer or consumer who acquires untaxed tobacco products will also be liable for the tax.
The tax on tobacco products is 80% of the wholesale cost, except that the tax on snuff is $1.00 per ounce and a proportionate tax on all fractional parts, and the tax on cigars may not exceed $0.50 per cigar. The tax on little cigars is the same rate as the tax on cigarettes. The payment of tax is to be evidenced by stamps, the tax is at the rate of 175 mills for each cigarette.
On or before the 10th day of each month, distributors must file the Distributor Tobacco Products Tax Return (Form OTP-1), along with payment for taxes due. A dealer or consumer who acquires untaxed tobacco products must file a Dealer/Consumer Other Tobacco Products Return within 5 days of coming into possession of the products, along with payment for taxes due.
“Smoking” means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, weed, plant, or other combustible substance in any manner or in any form. “Smoking” does not include burning during a religious ceremony.
Whether located within or outside of Rhode Island, other than a dealer, who sells or distributes tobacco products within or into the state
Selling tobacco products directly to consumers in Rhode Island by means of at least 25 tobacco product vending machines
Engaged in this state in the business of manufacturing tobacco products or any person engaged in the business of selling tobacco products to dealers, or to other persons, for the purpose of resale only; provided, that 75% of all tobacco products sold by that person in Rhode Island are sold to dealers or other persons for resale and selling tobacco products directly to at least 40 dealers or other persons for resale or
Maintaining one or more regular places of business in this state for that purpose; provided, that 75% of the sold cigarettes are purchased directly from the manufacturer and selling cigarettes directly to at least 40 dealers or other persons for resale