The Rhode Island Division of Taxation allows for multiple taxes to be registered on a single "Business Application for Registration" (BAR) form. We suggest registering your business online, but also support registration via mail.

Register Online

The Division of Taxation allows for online registration for a new business. This fully interactive service allows you to register your business and pay associated registration fees with your credit card.

This application may be used to register your business for the following:

  • Permit to make sales at retail

  • Income tax withholding account (including withholding for pensions or trusts)

  • Rhode Island Unemployment insurance account (including Rhode Island temporary disability insurance (TDI) and Rhode Island job development fund tax)

Only the registration for the permit to make sales at retail (including litter fee, cigarette license) require registration fees. If you are registering for any of these items, you will be asked for your credit card information at the end of the registration process.

Register by Mail

If you would prefer to register via mail, you can find a copy of the registration form on the Other Forms/ Registration Forms webpage.


Find out more about Starting a Business in Rhode Island

Please note that taxation registration is just one of the steps in setting up a new business. For more information, please see the Rhode Island Secretary of State webpage on starting a new business