RI sales tax panel to hear from Boston researcher
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A special task force examining ways to change Rhode Island’s sales tax is set to hear from a Boston-based researcher who studies how sales taxes affect the economy.
The sales tax commission is scheduled to meet Monday at the Statehouse for a presentation from Paul Bachman, director of research at the Beacon Hill Institute, which is a research group affiliated with Suffolk University in Boston.
Bachman has studied how changes to sales tax rates affect local economies.
The commission was formed after a lawmaker called for the repeal of the 7 percent tax. While that idea is unlikely to pass, lawmakers say it’s time for a broader look at ways to make the tax less of a burden on consumers and businesses.
The commission includes lawmakers and business owners.