Rhode Island discusses health insurance mandate, withholding frequency
Friday, March 20, 2020

Rhode Island discusses health insurance mandate, withholding frequency

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

A Rhode Island Division of Taxation newsletter discusses the state’s new health insurance mandate and changes to personal income tax withholding frequencies, both effective in 2020.

Withholding changes. Effective January 1, 2020, Rhode Island has reduced the number of withholding filing frequencies for certain taxpayers, and mandated electronic filings for certain taxpayers. The weekly payment frequency for submitting withheld tax has replaced the quarter-monthly and daily filing frequencies. Under the weekly filing frequency, all payroll occurring in a given week is now due on the business day following the end of the week (i.e., Monday of the following week). There is no change in the remittance schedule for those who remit monthly and/or quarterly.

Further, every employer required to deduct and withhold Rhode Island personal income tax, and that had an average tax amount of $200 or more per month for the previous calendar year, must file a return and remit the payments by electronic funds transfer (or by other electronic means as defined by the Division of Taxation).

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