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Rick Patel, owner of Tiverton Liquor Store, points up Tiverton's Main Road in the direction that many of his customers have gone. The state line is just a few hundred feet away and on the other side are liquor stores that don't have to charge any sales tax  (his customers pay the RI 7 percent tax). "It's killing us."

Sales tax border wars – ‘Unfair fight’

Sales tax border wars – ‘Unfair fight’

By Bruce Burdett Rick Patel needs only walk out the front door of his Tiverton Liquor Store to see where much of his business has fled. “The state line is just a few hundred feet that way,” he said pointing north. “There they charge no sales tax; here I have to charge 7 percent.” No

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