RI sales tax commission to hear from tax experts

Two tax experts are set to brief a state commission exploring whether to eliminate or lower Rhode Island's sales tax.

State tax administrator David Sullivan and Joseph Henchman of the Tax Foundation are set to appear before the commission when its members meet at the Statehouse on Tuesday.

The panel will also discuss the impact of the sales tax on low-income families.

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. It is expected to submit its findings to the General Assembly early next year.

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