Division of Taxation launches website for tax amnesty

Mailing begins, phone bank opens, in advance of amnesty, which starts December 1, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Division of Taxation today officially launched a special website for
the state’s upcoming tax amnesty: www.TaxAmnesty.ri.gov.
In addition, the Division has begun the process of mailing amnesty-related paperwork, and has officially
opened a phone bank to field questions about amnesty from taxpayers, tax professionals, and others.
“Tax amnesty will run from December 1, 2017, through February 15, 2018. But we want to give taxpayers
and their advisors plenty of time, well in advance, to learn more about amnesty, how it will work, and how
it will apply to them,” said Rhode Island Tax Administrator Neena S. Savage, who oversees the Division of
Taxation, which is part of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.
On the Division’s amnesty website, www.TaxAmnesty.ri.gov, taxpayers and tax professionals will be able
to find the “Tax Amnesty Return” (the amnesty application form), along with answers to frequently asked
questions (FAQs), amnesty posters, and other information.
The Division of Taxation has begun the process of mailing more than 60,000 information packets to
taxpayers who, according to Division records, have an outstanding balance. Each packet will include a
“Statement of Accounts” (an account statement, a bill), an “Amnesty Bill Coupon” (a payment coupon,
attached to the Statement of Accounts), a blank “Tax Amnesty Return” (the amnesty application form), and
a one-page summary of the amnesty in question-and-answer format.
Those with questions may call the Division’s amnesty phone bank (a call center), at (401) 574-8650, which
is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. business days. Or email: Tax.Amnesty@tax.ri.gov.
About amnesty: Tax amnesty is a unique opportunity for you to get a fresh start. Pay what you owe in
delinquent Rhode Island state taxes – no matter the type of tax. In exchange, the Division will waive
penalties and reduce, by 25 percent, the amount of interest normally charged.
Any person, corporation, or other entity that is subject to Rhode Island tax is eligible for amnesty – no matter
where that person, corporation, or other entity is located. All Rhode Island state taxes are eligible –
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including personal income tax, corporate income tax, sales tax, use tax, estate tax, unemployment
insurance tax, withholding tax, and other Rhode Island state taxes.
The amnesty applies to taxes due for any taxable period ended on or before December 31, 2016. The
Division begins accepting amnesty payments, amnesty tax returns, and related paperwork on December
1, 2017. Amnesty runs through February 15, 2018.