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New RI Taxes On Taxis, Pet Services Reconsidered

New RI Taxes On Taxis, Pet Services Reconsidered

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ State lawmakers in Rhode Island are considering the elimination of sales taxes on taxis and pet grooming, less than a year after they voted to impose them.

Taxi cab owners and pet service providers say the taxes are unfair and could hurt their business.
 
The Senate Finance Committee is reviewing legislation that would repeal the taxes, which went into effect Oct. 1. A hearing on the bills is set for Thursday.
 
Lawmakers voted last year to impose the 7 percent sales taxes on pet grooming and boarding, taxi fares and items of clothing costing $250 or more.
 
All together, the new taxes are estimated to raise about $12 million for the state annually.

 

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