I’ll work to stop state’s pet tax money grab

Sixty-eight percent of US households have at least one pet – including my household and our rescue dog Penny. We love our pets and since 2012 legislators have been taking advantage of that. The RI pet services tax (which adds 7% state tax to boarding, grooming, and training pets) not only hurts the pet-owning taxpayer but many small businesses as well.

An average pet owner pays hundreds of dollars per year per pet – tax revenue that goes straight into the general fund. Pet-related businesses must lower prices to compete with competition in MA. Even worse the state turns our pet sitters and groomers into tax collectors, forcing them to submit monthly payments for the taxes they collect.
No other service is taxed this way in our state, why are pet services treated differently? I will work to stop the statehouse from exploiting the love for our pets in the name tax revenue.

William Hunt
Libertarian candidate for House of Representatives, District 68