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Rhode Island Income Tax Withholding Requirements

Filed under Payroll Taxes. Fact checked on February 8, 2013.

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Employers in Rhode Island must conform with these state rules relating to income tax withholding and administration.

General Withholding Requirement: Rhode Island income tax must generally be withheld from wages paid to resident employees for services performed either within or without the state and from wages paid to nonresident employees for services performed in the state. However, when resident employees' wages are also subject to another state's withholding tax, the Rhode Island tax is withheld only to the extent it exceeds the other state's withholding tax on the wages.

Employee Withholding Exemption Forms: Rhode Island Form RIW-4 may be completed by each employee, to determine the appropriate level of state income tax to withhold from earnings. Of course, Federal Form W-4 also must be completed by each employee, to determine the appropriate level of federal income tax to withhold from earnings.

Reciprocal Agreements: None.

Administration:

Rhode Island Division of Taxation
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Telephone: Employer Tax Section (401) 574-8700

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