Sales tax exemption on artwork gets first RI test at Wickford festival with mixed results

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, Rhode Island — A sales tax exemption approved last year for artwork has had its first test and results are mixed.

Organizers of the Wickford Art Festival included a note about the exemption of Rhode Island's 7 percent sales tax on ID cards attached to each vendor's canopy on Saturday.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) that the initial message was mixed. Some people were unaware of the tax break and others suggested it will not make a big difference between deciding to buy artwork or not.

Mark Davido, a watercolorist from Port Ewen, New York, said no one was asking about the tax exemption.

Erin Walsh, a digital photo artist from Scituate, said she hasn't seen an overwhelming number of people buying just because of the sales tax break.

Information from: The Providence Journal,

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