Senator Lawson introduces bill to remove sales tax on face masks

This is a file image of the Rhode Island State House. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Senator Valerie J. Lawson has proposed a bill that will remove sales tax on cloth or disposable face masks.

“As much as we all want it to end, the COVID-19 pandemic is still with us and we must make it as easy as possible for our residents to protect themselves from the virus.  Since there is only so much supply of free masks, we have to remove the barriers to wearing these masks effectively, which means using them once as intended.  By removing the sales tax on these items, we can ease the financial cost for families protecting themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19,” said Senator Lawson.

This legislation changes state law to include face masks under “clothing” in state laws. Rhode Island currently exempts tax sales on clothing and shoes up to $250.

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