New sales tax goes into effect Saturday

PROVIDENCE, RI – Starting Saturday, the state's 7 percent sales tax will be applied to over-the-counter drugs for the first time. The tax will also be tacked onto the sale of computer software, package tours and sightseeing transportation. State tax administrator David Sullivan says some people will undoubtedly be upset by the tax hikes.

"We've been communicating the changes since July," he says. "The Governor signed it into law on June 30th. We immediately started our campaign to let people know. Any time there's change people are going to be upset but I think we've covered the bases and let everybody know that we had to."

The changes to the sale tax are expected to generate an additional $17 million a year in revenue.

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