Division of Taxation warns of scam

The Rhode Island Division of Taxation cautions Rhode Island business owners about a scam in which individuals claim to be collections agents of the Rhode Island Division of Taxation and request immediate payment.

The Division of Taxation does not request cash or other payment by businesses upon demand by visiting businesses in person.

The Division of Taxation has temporarily ceased any in-person collection activity in response to the scam.

A business owner in Providence notified the Division of Taxation last week that someone claiming to be from the division entered a Providence Manton Avenue neighborhood store and demanded a cash payment for overdue taxes.

Taxation employees who do visit businesses in the ordinary course of their duties will never ask for cash payments to satisfy outstanding tax bills.

Officials are also aware that another Providence business owner may have been approached and may have paid the individual.

Anyone approached by a person claiming to be from the Division of Taxation who asks for money should contact the Division at 401-574-8829 between 8:30 am and 4 pm weekdays, the Consumer Protection Unit at the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office at 401-274-4400, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , State Police Capt. Matthew Moynihan at 401-444-1012, or the local police department.