The Business Taxes Your Rhode Island LLC Will Pay
There are a wide variety of business taxes that your Rhode Island LLC will need to pay. These include tax that’s payable to the Rhode Island government, like sales taxes and state tax. You will also need to pay federal, self-employment and possibly payroll tax to the IRS.
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How Your Rhode Island LLC Will Be Taxed
The profits of an LLC are not taxed at the business level like those of C Corporations. Instead, taxes for an LLC work as follows:
- Rhode Island LLC owners pay self-employment tax on business profits.
- Rhode Island LLC owners pay state tax on any profits, less state allowances or deductions.
- All LLC owners pay federal income tax on any profits less federal allowances or deductions.
- Some LLCs pay Rhode Island sales tax on products.
- Employers pay payroll tax on any salaries they pay to employees.
- Employees pay federal, state and payroll tax on their earnings.
Items 1, 2 and 3 are taxed as “pass-through” income for any LLC owners, managers or members who receive profits from the business. Any profits are reported on federal and personal tax returns, and that’s where you will pay those taxes.
Business Taxes Payable to the RI Government
There are two main types of tax that you will pay to the Rhode Island Department of Revenue: state income tax and state sales tax.
Rhode Island State Tax on Your LLC Earnings
As a Rhode Island business owner, you will need to pay state tax on any money you pay to yourself. These earnings flow through to your personal tax return, which is where you will pay Rhode Island income tax. You will be taxed at the standard rates for Rhode Island state taxes, and you will also get to apply regular allowances and deductions.
Any salaried employees will also need to pay personal state taxes.
The Rhode Island state tax rates are between 3.75 percent and 5.99 percent, depending on income.
Get details on the Rhode Island sales tax here.
Rhode Island Sales Taxes
If you sell physical products or certain types of services, you may need to collect sales tax (also known as sales and use tax) and then pay it to the RI Department of Revenue. Rhode Island sales tax is collected at the point of purchase. Sales tax rates do vary depending on the region, county or city where you are located.
You will typically need to collect Rhode Island sales tax on:
- Tangible, personal property and goods that you sell like furniture, cars, electronics, appliances, books, raw materials, etc.
- Certain services that your business might provide
Most states do not levy sales tax on goods that are considered necessities, like food, medications, clothing or gas.
Get details on the Rhode Island sales tax here.
Federal Taxes for Your Rhode Island LLC
There are a couple of different federal taxes that every LLC will need to pay, including Rhode Island LLCs. These are self-employment tax and federal income tax, which are taxed as “pass-through” income via your tax return forms.
Federal Self-Employment Tax
All Rhode Island LLC business members or managers who take profits out of the LLC will need to pay self-employment tax. This tax is also known as FICA, Social Security or Medicare tax. It applies to all the earnings you withdraw from your Rhode Island business. The current self-employment tax rate is 15.3 percent.
You will be able to deduct your business expenses from your income when working out how much self-employment tax you owe. Here are some examples of how much self-employment tax you may need to pay, depending on your earnings:
- On profits of $40,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $6,120.
- On profits of $70,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $10,710.
- On profits of $100,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $15,300.
- On profits of $120,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $18,360.
Pay Less Self-Employment Tax by Treating Your Rhode Island LLC as an S Corporation
The Internal Revenue Service allows LLCs to ask to be treated as an S Corporation for tax purposes. This can help you reduce the amount of self-employment tax that you pay by declaring some of your income as salary and other income as distributions or withdrawals.
You can do this by making an “S Corporation Tax Election” with the IRS using a form known as Form 2553. We can file your Form 2553 with the IRS on your behalf.
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Speak to your accountant for more information on reducing your Rhode Island LLC self-employment tax through an S Corporation tax election.
Federal Income Tax
You must also pay regular federal income tax on any earnings you take out of your Rhode Island LLC. The amount of income tax you pay depends on your earnings, current income tax brackets, deductions and how you file.
You only pay federal income tax on your LLC profits that you take out of the business, less certain deductions and allowances. This includes your tax-free amount, plus LLC business expenses and other deductions for areas such as healthcare and some retirement plans. Speak to your accountant for more information.
Employee and Employer Taxes for Your Rhode Island LLC
If you pay employees, there are some slightly different tax implications. Speak to your accountant to get clear guidance for your own unique situation.
Rhode Island LLC Employer Payroll Tax Withholding
All employers must collect and withhold payroll tax from their employees when they receive their salaries. You would normally withhold 7.65 percent of the taxable salary that you pay to your employees.
Employer Federal Tax Withholding for Your Rhode Island LLC
You may also choose to withhold federal income tax on the wages you pay to employees. Speak to your accountant for more information.
Employees May Need to File Tax Returns
Regardless of whether you withhold federal income tax, your employees may need to file their own tax returns.
Rhode Island LLC Employee Insurance and Other Requirements
You may also need to pay insurance for any employees, like employee compensation insurance or unemployment tax. There will also be other requirements you have for employees.
Get more requirements from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Regulation website.
Other Taxes and Duties for Your Rhode Island LLC
Depending on the industry you are in, your Rhode Island LLC may be liable for certain other taxes and duties. For example, if you sell gasoline you may need to pay a tax on any fuel you sell. Likewise, if you import or export goods you may need to pay certain duties. Speak to your accountant about any other taxes you may need to withhold or pay.
Estimated Taxes for Your Rhode Island LLC
Most Rhode Island LLCs will need to pay estimated taxes throughout the year, depending on the amount of income and profit you expect to make. The most common types of estimated tax are:
- Federal income tax
- Federal self-employment tax
- Rhode Island state tax
Most Rhode Island LLCs will pay estimated taxes four times a year. Speak to your accountant for more information.
FAQs on Rhode Island LLC Business Taxes
Does Rhode Island Have Sales Tax?
Yes. Rhode Island does have a sales tax, which may vary among cities and counties. You can find more information above.
Does Rhode Island Have a State Tax?
Yes. Rhode Island does have a general state income tax. You can find more information above.
Do I Need to Pay Estimated Taxes?
Yes. In most cases, you must pay estimated taxes on your Rhode Island tax, federal income tax and self-employment tax. Speak to your accountant for more information.