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.
Online Tax Rolls
Online Assessor's Database
Online Bill Payment
Assessor Maps (on GIS site)
Motor Vehicle Excise Tax FAQ's
Tangible Property Tax FAQ's
Tax Rates for all RI Municipalities
2013 Annual Return
Address Change Request Form
RI-1040H Tax Form
Prorated Homestead Application
Property Tax Exemption Application
Interstate Commerce Exemption Form
Elderly Exemption Application
Property Valuation Appeal
Motor Vehicle Valuation Appeal
Woonsocket Property Tax Analysis
2013 Assessor's Notice
2012 Tax Roll Certification
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
44-5-2 (link) 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.
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.
Homestead FAQ Sheet:
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. The tax is calculated
by multiplying the value of the vehicle by the tax rate. The tax
is then prorated on the number of days the vehicle was registered
during the previous calendar year (January 1 through December
What is "hold harmless" and how is it
The amount in the hold harmless
column on the motor vehicle excise tax bill is determined by a
depreciation schedule put in place by the State of Rhode Island.
It is used to calculate a maximum taxable value for certain motor
vehicles. It only applies to passenger cars (type 01) which are
between 6 and 17 years old.
A document explaining the calculation can be found here.
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 owned from January 1,
2011 to December 31, 2011.
How do I
appeal the value of my motor vehicle or trailer?
You have thirty (30) days from when
you receive your bill to file an appeal disputing the valuation of
your motor vehicle or trailer. The appeal period for
tax year 2012 is 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 current to preserve appeal rights.
The appeal period for
tax year 2012 is over.
The deadline to appeal
was October 25, 2012. 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 must bring your DD-214 to the
Assessorís office to apply. Most qualified conflicts are listed
on the back of your tax bill and the complete list is given in RI
Contact information for the US
Phone: (800) 827-1000
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
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.
Tax Board of Assessment Review
Meetings for Tax
Board of Assessment Review hearings for 2012 taxes are now finished.
The past meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the
Secretary of State's website.
2012 Tax Bill Information
The 2012 tax bills were mailed on July 6th for real estate and personal property.
are due in four (4) quarterly payments unless the amount due is less
than $100.00, then the bill must be paid in full on the first quarter
Quarterly due dates are July 27, 2012, October 15, 2012, January 15,
2013 and April 15, 2013. Please use the enclosed labels when
sending your payment and write the account number on the memo line of
The tax rates for 2012 are listed
below. All tax bills will be mailed to the owner of record on
the assessment date of December 31 prior to the July billing. 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. The email
email@example.com. If your taxes are paid by
escrow, you should forward a copy of the bill to the paying agent.
2012 Tax Rates
per thousand dollars of
based on 100% valuation
2012 Homestead Deductions
Single Family and Condominiums
Phone: (401) 767-9271 or (401)
Fax: (401) 597-6604