Rhode Island Tax Filing
Filing Your Taxes in Rhode Island
Filing taxes can be frustrating. Here, you can find information that will help make filing your taxes in Rhode Island easier and faster. Find out what your residency status is, which forms you need to file and on what income.
Income tax returns must be filed by April 17th.
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Rhode Island Tax Forms
- RI Form RI-4868 - Rhode Island Application for Automatic Extension
- RI Form 1040X-NR - Amended Rhode Island Nonresident Income Tax Return with Instructions
- RI Form RI-1040 - Rhode Island Individual Resident Income Tax Return (Long)
- RI Form RI-1040MU - Rhode Island Resident Credit for Tax Paid To Another State
- RI Form RI-1040MUNR - Rhode Island Non-resident Resident Credit for Tax Paid To Another State
- Schedule RI Deduction - Rhode Island Deduction Schedule for RI-1040 and RI-1040NR
- RI Form RI-1040S - Rhode Island Individual Resident Income Tax Return (Short)
- RI Form RI-1040NR - Rhode Island Nonresident (Part-Year) Booklet Includes Forms, Instructions and Tax Tables
- RI Form RI-1040 Booklet - Rhode Island Individual Resident Income Tax Booklet
Determine Your Residency Status
If you lived or worked in Rhode Island, you are required to file a Rhode Island state income tax return. Have a look here to find out what your residency status is and what forms you need to file on income earned in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Residents
Anyone who lived in Rhode Island for more than 183 days or whose permanent residence was in Rhode Island for the whole year is a Rhode Island resident. If you are a Rhode Island resident and filed a federal tax return or you are an individual and your income exceeded the federal exceptions, you are required to file a Rhode Island resident tax return using Form RI-1040. For more information on how to properly fill out Form RI-1040, you can download the 2017 Instructions for Filing RI-1040 above.
If you took up residency or stopped living in Rhode Island in the last tax year, you are considered a part-year resident. If you filed a federal tax return and are a part-year Rhode Island resident, you are required to file a part-year resident Rhode Island tax return, by filling out Schedule V on page 9 of Form RI-1040. If you earned income outside of Rhode Island while you were a Rhode Island resident, you will need to file Form RI-1040NRMU. For more information on how to properly fill out Form RI-1040NRMU, you can download the 2017 Instructions for Filing RI-1040 above.
Live in Rhode Island, Work Out of State
Rhode Island will tax you on any income earned out of state while you were a Rhode Island resident. The state you worked in might also tax you on that income (dual taxation), but Rhode Island offers a credit on those taxes. To receive this credit, you have to apply for the credit for taxes paid to another state by filing Form RI-1040MU along with your Rhode Island state tax return Form RI-1040. For help and information on how to file a return on income earned out of state, you can download the 2017 Instructions for Filing RI-1040 above.
Work in Rhode Island, Live Out of State
You are not a Rhode Island resident if you lived outside of Rhode Island for more than 183 days or if your permanent residence was outside of Rhode Island for the whole year. If you claimed income earned in Rhode Island on your federal tax return, you are required to fill out Schedule III on page 7 of Form-1040. As a nonresident, you may also need to file a nonresident return with Rhode Island if any Rhode Island modifications were made that increased your federal adjusted gross income, even if didn’t have to file a federal return.
Nonresident Property Sales in Rhode Island
If you sold property in Rhode Island and are not a resident, you declare that income the same way as nonresidents declare income earned in Rhode Island. See “Work in Rhode Island, Live Out of State”.