STATE HOUSE -- In response to closings and other major changes the
restaurant industry is experiencing due to the Covid-19, Rep. Anastasia P.
Williams (D-Dist. 9, Providence) is calling on Governor Gina M. Raimondo to
help Rhode Island’s struggling restaurants and eateries by granting them a
reprieve of having to collect sales tax and meal taxes. The reprieve would last
a business quarter according to Representative Williams.
“Currently, restaurants are forced to collect a seven-percent
sales tax and a one-percent meals tax for every meal that is served. Now,
with restaurants closing and others being forced to significantly alter their
businesses due to the Corona Virus impact, our treasured restaurant industry
needs help. This is why I am calling on the governor to waive sales and
meal taxes for a business quarter in order to help our struggling restaurants
during this stressful and uncertain time. Our eateries are world-renowned
and we must help and protect these Rhode Island treasures. I also hope that the
governor will consider similar measures for other Rhode Island businesses that
are being severely impacted by this pandemic,” said Representative