Rhode Island Business Licensing

How to Get a Business License in Rhode Island:

  • If you plan to hire at least one employee, contact Internal Revenue Service to get an Employer ID Number (EIN), and to request your w-4, SS-4, Circular E and Publication 334 forms.
  • Register your business entity online with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.
  • Visit the Department of Business Regulation website for information on your industry-specific business license.
  • Check with your local municipal governments for zoning, local licenses and permits requirements.

Rhode Island State Sales Tax:

  • Rhode Island state tax is 7%.

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