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Filing taxes if unemployed 7. Filing taxes if unemployed   Ship Passenger Tax Table of Contents A tax of $3 per passenger is imposed on certain ship voyages, as explained later under Taxable situations. Filing taxes if unemployed The tax is imposed only once for each passenger, either at the time of first embarkation or disembarkation in the United States. Filing taxes if unemployed The person providing the voyage (the operator of the vessel) is liable for the tax. Filing taxes if unemployed Voyage. Filing taxes if unemployed   A voyage is the vessel's journey that includes the outward and homeward trips or passages. Filing taxes if unemployed The voyage starts when the vessel begins to load passengers and continues until the vessel has completed at least one outward and one homeward passage. Filing taxes if unemployed The tax may be imposed even if a passenger does not make both an outward and a homeward passage as long as the voyage begins or ends in the United States. Filing taxes if unemployed Passenger. Filing taxes if unemployed   A passenger is an individual carried on the vessel other than the Master or a crew member or other individual engaged in the business of the vessel or its owners. Filing taxes if unemployed Example 1. Filing taxes if unemployed John Smith works as a guest lecturer. Filing taxes if unemployed The cruise line hired him for the benefit of the passengers. Filing taxes if unemployed Therefore, he is engaged in the business of the vessel and is not a passenger. Filing taxes if unemployed Example 2. Filing taxes if unemployed Marian Green is a travel agent. Filing taxes if unemployed She is taking the cruise as a promotional trip to determine if she wants to offer it to her clients. Filing taxes if unemployed She is a passenger. Filing taxes if unemployed Taxable situations. Filing taxes if unemployed   There are two taxable situations. Filing taxes if unemployed The first situation involves voyages on commercial passenger vessels extending over one or more nights. Filing taxes if unemployed A voyage extends over one or more nights if it extends for more than 24 hours. Filing taxes if unemployed A passenger vessel is any vessel with stateroom or berth accommodations for more than 16 passengers. Filing taxes if unemployed   The second situation involves voyages on a commercial vessel transporting passengers engaged in gambling on the vessel beyond the territorial waters of the United States. Filing taxes if unemployed Territorial waters of the United States are those waters within the international boundary line between the United States and any contiguous foreign country or within 3 nautical miles (3. Filing taxes if unemployed 45 statute miles) from low tide on the coastline. Filing taxes if unemployed If passengers participate as players in any policy game or other lottery, or any other game of chance for money or other thing of value that the owner or operator of the vessel (or their employee, agent, or franchisee) conducts, sponsors, or operates, the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. Filing taxes if unemployed The tax applies regardless of the duration of the voyage. Filing taxes if unemployed A casual, friendly game of chance with other passengers that is not conducted, sponsored, or operated by the owner or operator is not gambling for determining if the voyage is subject to the ship passenger tax. Filing taxes if unemployed Exemptions. Filing taxes if unemployed   The tax does not apply when a vessel is on a voyage of less than 12 hours between 2 points in the United States or if a vessel is owned or operated by a state or local government. Filing taxes if unemployed Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Face-to-face Tax Help

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TACs) are your source for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue can only be handled face-to-face. No appointment is necessary.

Keep in mind, many questions can be resolved online without waiting in line. Through you can:
• Set up a payment plan.
• Get a transcript of your tax return.
• Make a payment.
• Check on your refund.
• Find answers to many of your tax questions.

We are now referring all requests for tax return preparation services to other available resources. You can take advantage of free tax preparation through Free File, Free File Fillable Forms or through a volunteer site in your community. To find the nearest volunteer site location or to get more information about Free File, go to the top of the page and enter “Free Tax Help” in the Search box.

If you have a tax account issues and feel that it requires talking with someone face-to-face, visit your local TAC.

Caution:  Many of our offices are located in Federal Office Buildings. These buildings may not allow visitors to bring in cell phones with camera capabilities.

Multilingual assistance is available in every office. Hours of operation are subject to change.

Before visiting your local office click on "Services Provided" in the chart below to see what services are available. Services are limited and not all services are available at every TAC office and may vary from site to site. You can get these services on a walk-in basis.

City  Street Address  Days/Hours of Service  Telephone* 
Providence  380 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Services Provided

(401) 525-4282 
Warwick  60 Quaker Ln.
Warwick, RI 02886 

Monday-Friday - 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)


Services Provided

(401) 826-4797 

* Note: The phone numbers in the chart above are not toll-free for all locations. When you call, you will reach a recorded business message with information about office hours, locations and services provided in that office. If face-to-face assistance is not a priority for you, you may also get help with IRS letters or resolve tax account issues by phone, toll free at 1-800-829-1040 (individuals) or 1-800-829-4933 (businesses). 

For information on where to file your tax return please see Where to File Addresses

The Taxpayer Advocate Service: Call (401) 528-1921 in Providence or 1-877-777-4778 elsewhere, or see  Publication 1546, The Taxpayer Advocate Service of the IRS. For further information, see Tax Topic 104.


IRS and organizations all over the country are partnering to assist taxpayers. Through these partnerships, organizations are also achieving their own goals. These mutually beneficial partnerships are strengthening outreach efforts and bringing education and assistance to millions.

For more information about these program for individuals and families, contact the Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication Office at:

Internal Revenue Service
380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI  02903

For more information about these programs for businesses, your local Stakeholder Liaison office establishes relationships with organizations representing small business and self-employed taxpayers. They provide information about the policies, practices and procedures the IRS uses to ensure compliance with the tax laws. To establish a relationship with us, use this list to find a contact in your state:

Stakeholder Liaison (SL) Phone Numbers for Organizations Representing Small Businesses and Self-employed Taxpayers.

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