City Assessor's Page
Welcome to the City Assessor's Page.
We have included commonly used links, forms and documents as well as
frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not
addressed on this page, feel free to contact us or come in to the
office. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:00.
Please note that the remittance
address for tax payments has changed starting with the July 2013
billing cycle. If you use a bill pay service, ensure the address
is updated. Your new tax bill includes envelopes with the
correct address. Please use the envelope and payment stub that
was included with your current tax bill. Do not use any of the
old envelopes or labels. The correct address for mailing tax
City of Woonsocket
PO Box 9710
Bill copies for the 2013 tax roll are
now available online.
Log in to your account and go to the Online Documents tab.
The available bills will be listed and can be downloaded in PDF
format. If you need copies of any bills not listed, feel free to
You can now opt out of paper billing
Log in to your account and go to the Account Setup tab.
Enter your email address and check off the "receive bills
electronically" box and click the submit button. You will
receive notification via email of when new bills can be downloaded
from the online account access website. The email will include
your login information for the account.
You will need your account number and
PIN to log in to the system. Your login information can be found
on correspondence from the City. If we have your email address
on file, you can request the login information be emailed to you.
Feel free to contact us if you need any
assistance getting your account number and/or PIN.
Beginning with the 2014 tax roll, the property tax rate classification
will be changed per House Bill 6102
(bill text here)
which was signed into law by the Governor on July 17, 2013. The new
system will classify property with three or less units as residential
and five or more units as commercial. Four unit properties will be
classified as residential if they are owner occupied and as commercial
if they are not owner occupied. The Assessor's Office will be sending
the owner occupancy declaration form to all owner's of four unit
properties by the end of October. The form must be filed
with the Assessor's office by January 31, 2014 to take effect on the
July 2014 billing cycle. This form must be filed annually and will
not be mailed in the future. The application is available in the
Assessor's Office and on this
website under the "Forms" section. Please contact the Assessor's
Division if you have any questions.
Tax Board of Assessment Review
The December 3, 2013 meeting of
The Tax Board of Assessment
Review has been cancelled due to lack of a quorum. The
meeting will be rescheduled once there are enough members. All
appellants on the agenda will receive written notice of the hearing
date, time and location. The agenda will be posted on the
State's website as well as on this page.
Agenda - December 3, 2013 - CANCELLED
Online Tax Rolls
Online Assessor's Database
Online Bill Payment
and Account Access
Assessor Maps (on GIS site)
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax FAQ's
Tangible Property Tax FAQ's
Tax Rates for all RI Municipalities
Address Change Request Form
Four Family Residency Declaration
2014 Annual Return
Prorated Homestead Application
Property Tax Exemption Application
Interstate Commerce Exemption Form
Elderly Exemption Application
Property Valuation Appeal
Motor Vehicle Valuation Appeal
RI-1040H Tax Form
Woonsocket Property Tax Analysis
2013 Tax Roll Certification
Supplemental Tax Roll Certification
2013 Assessor's Notice
Information for Property Owners
Homestead FAQ Sheet
RI Vehicle Value Commission FAQ Package
Historic Tax Rates
Back of Tax Bill
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the 4% levy cap and how does
that affect my tax bill?
Rhode Island General Law
limits the maximum increase in the tax levy each year. The tax levy is
the total tax expected to be collected from all tax classes.
This includes all real estate (residential, commercial, and
industrial), motor vehicle excise tax, and business personal property
tax. The statute prohibits the total levy from exceeding a 4%
increase over the levy from the prior year. This law is
sometimes misunderstood to mean that an individual tax bill cannot
increase 4% from the prior year; however, that is not the case.
For the 2013 tax year, the total levy
is equal to the original 2012 levy, plus the 2012 supplemental levy,
plus the 4% increase. This is calculated in accordance with the
supplemental proposal that was passed by the Rhode Island General
(link to bill here)
If the motor vehicle excise tax levy
or the business personal property tax levy does not increase by
4%,then the real estate levy alone must increase by more than 4% in
order to gain the 4% total levy increase. This situation will cause
some real estate tax bills to exceed a 4% increase. During a
revaluation the values of individual properties will fluctuate and
some values may change more or less than others. If your property
value increases more than the average or decreases less than the
average, your tax bill will increase more than some other properties.
It is also possible to see your bill increase less than others if your
property value increases less than the average or decreases more than
the average. Each year, after the tax roll is certified, the levy
certification will be posted online and is also available at the
Assessorís Office in City Hall. The levy certification for tax year
can be seen here.
How can I find out how much I owe for
Your balance is available online. You will need your account
number and PIN number, which are listed on your current tax bill.
Please remember to use zeros, not the letter ďOĒ and be sure to put
the dashes in the account number.
There will be a 3% added surcharge for paying your bill by credit or
debit card. You may also get your balance from the collections
I received my real estate tax bill,
but I pay it through my mortgage.
Tax bills are mailed to the owner of
record on December 31 prior to the July billing. Most banks will
get the tax bill electronically, and they do not request the bill.
We recommend you contact your mortgage or escrow company to ensure
that they do not need a copy of the bill. You may be required to
send the mortgage or escrow company a copy of your bill.
How are excise taxes calculated?
Excise Tax is a tax on the privilege
of registration per RI General Law
44-34-2. The value is determined by the Rhode Island Vehicle
Value Commission per RI General Law
44-34-11 and is based on NADA values. The value is then
reduced by the RI State exemption of $500. Passenger cars (type
01) between the ages of 6 and 17 years old receive an additional
exemption based on the maximum taxable value for the age of the
A document explaining the calculation can be found here.
is then prorated by the number of days the vehicle was registered
during the previous calendar year (January 1 through December
The tax amount is calculated by
multiplying the prorated value of the vehicle by the tax rate.
If you feel the dates of registration
are incorrect on your tax bill, you will need to produce the
cancellation receipt (TR-3) from the RI Division of Motor Vehicles.
This is the only document we can accept to make adjustments to
registration dates on tax bills.
DMV Research Department: (401)
DMV Enforcement Division: (401)
I sold my car last year, why am I
still being taxed on this vehicle?
The current tax bill is for any and
all vehicles registered from January 1 through December 31 of the
previous year. For example, the 2012 tax bill that you received
in July of 2012 was for any and all vehicles registered at any time
between January 1,
2011 to December 31, 2011. The bill will be issued by the
municipality where the vehicle was registered on December 31 prior to
the July billing.
How do I
appeal the value of my motor vehicle or trailer?
You have thirty (30) days from when
the bill is mailed to file an appeal disputing the valuation of
your motor vehicle or trailer. The deadline to file a vehicle
valuation appeal for
tax year 2013 was August 13, 2013 and is now over. For more detailed information, see RI
44-34-8 or the
RI Vehicle Value Commission FAQ Package.
do I appeal the value of my real estate or personal property?
All property valuation appeals must be
filed with the Assessorís office no later than ninety (90) days after
the due date of the first quarter payment. The account must be
remain current to preserve appeal
rights. The deadline to file an appeal your property valuation for
tax year 2012 is November 7, 2013. The appeal must be
received by the Tax Assessor's Department by the deadline.
No exceptions can be made to
this deadline for any reason. See RI General Law
44-5-26 for complete details on the appeal procedure and timeline.
How do I apply for a Veteranís
You must have served during wartime to
be eligible. For conflicts after Vietnam, you must have served
on their soil to qualify. You will need to bring your DD-214 to the
Assessorís office to apply. The complete list of qualifying
conflicts and dates is given in RI
US Department of
How is my real estate assessed?
Every nine years a full revaluation
is performed in which the appraisal company values each and every parcel in the
city. All real estate is measured and listed which
consists of measuring the exterior along with a full inspection of the
interior. The next full revaluation will be conducted in 2018
for tax year 2019.
Every three years a statistical revaluation
is conducted. During a statistical revaluation, all properties
which were sold within the previous year or have had physical changes
made are measured and listed. All other properties in the City are field
reviewed. The tables in the mass appraisal system are updated to
reflect the current market.
The tax bills for this year (tax year
2012) reflect the results of the statistical revaluation performed as
of December 31, 2011.
database is updated with new values and ownership as of December
The next statistical
revaluation will be in 2014 for the 2015 tax year. The city
currently contracts with
Vision Government Solutions for real estate revaluation services.
2012 Supplemental Tax Bill Information
The 2012 supplemental bills
mailed and were due on August 29th in one installment
only. According to the bill passed by the General Assembly
(link to bill here), the 2012 supplemental bill will be
applied to all motor vehicles and residential real property including
apartments with 11 or more units, and excluding owner occupied single family
and condominiums that received a homestead exemption for tax year
2012. Any exemptions that are given as tax dollars have been
applied to the original 2012 tax bill and will not be applied to the
supplemental. Any exemptions that are given as a percent of
assessed value will be applied on the supplemental bill. Motor
vehicle excise assessments will keep the $500 state phase-out
deduction. Keep in mind that this is a supplement to the 2012
tax bill and as such, the excise tax bills are on registrations that
were active between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011. The
rates are given in the chart below.
Please use the enclosed envelopes
when sending your payment and write the account number on the memo
line of the check. Include only one stub and one check per
The 2012 supplemental
bill will be mailed to the owner of record as of December 31, 2011.
The current property owner is responsible for the real property bill. If you purchased your
property after the assessment date, you will need to request a bill
copy. A bill copy can be obtained either in the Assessor's
Office in City Hall or you may request it via email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. If your taxes are paid by
escrow, you should forward a copy of the bill to the paying agent.
2012 Supplemental Tax Rates
per thousand dollars of
based on 100% valuation
Apartments with 11
or more units
2013 Tax Bill Information
The motor vehicle excise and
tangible personal property bills were mailed on July 11th and are due on July
26th. The real property bills were mailed July 15th and
are due on August 9th. All 2013 tax bills will be mailed to the
owner of record on the assessment date of December 31, 2012. The
2013 tax rates and homestead exemption rates are given below.
The remaining due dates for all 2013 tax bills are as follows:
Second quarter is due on October 15, 2013; third quarter is due on
January 15, 2014; and fourth quarter is due on April 15, 2014.
All tax bills under $100 must be paid in full on the first quarter due
2013 Tax Rates
per thousand dollars of
based on 100% valuation
2013 Homestead Exemptions
Single Family and Condominiums
Phone: (401) 767-9270 or (401)
Fax: (401) 597-6604