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Posted by Chrissy Hammond on Fri, Sep 14, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

SAAS - Software-as-a-Service - Written on Blue Puzzle Pieces. Information Technology Concept. 3D Render.Rhode Island sales tax applies to software as a service (SaaS) starting October 1, 2018. Tax applies to software accessed from the web even if it's not downloaded.

The following are taxed:
  • software that includes spreadsheet, overhead presentation, and document writing programs;
  • payroll, accounting, or human resources software;
  • customer relationship management software;
  • online dating services; and
  • job search services.
The following are not taxed:
  • e-books;
  • digital videos; and
  • digital music products.

The vendor generally collects sales and use tax. The consumer must collect if the vendor does not. The location of the end user determines the tax. Rhode Island sales tax applies if the end user is in the state.

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