Tax Appeals

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Tax Appeals

Filing of application: Applications cannot be accepted prior to August 5th or after November 3rd.

These deadlines cannot be waived for any reason.



Notice of Tax Appeal Deadline

For Real Estate and Tangible Personal Property:

In accordance with Rhode Island General Law 44-5-26, a taxpayer may file an appeal with the Assessor within 90 days of the first payment due date. Historically, tax bills are due August 5th, making the deadline November 3rd each year. The Assessor has 45 days to render his decision. If the taxpayer is still aggrieved, he/she may file an appeal with the Board of Tax Appeals within 30 days of the Assessor's decision. The Board has 90 days to hear the appeal, and 30 days from the hearing date to render an opinion.

The taxpayer, if still unsatisfied, has 30 days from the Board's decision to file in Superior Court. In the event a taxpayer files in Superior Court for a specific tax year, he/she must file the appropriate accounts and appeals for each subsequent year until the case is resolved. Appeal forms are available on the Applications & Forms page.  

Motor Vehicle Appeals:

In accordance with Rhode Island General Law 44-34-2, motor vehicles are assessed at the average value of a similar year make and model vehicle, INDEPENDENT of mileage or condition, as determined by the Rhode Island Vehicle Value Commission.

The Commission gathers its data from various sources and presents this information to each City and Town in book form each year.

These values are then reduced by the City of Newport's Exemption of $6,000.00 per vehicle.  The resulting value is prorated on the number of days the vehicle has an active RI registration during the calendar year.

An appeal of the RIVVC's value must be filed with the Assessor within 45 days of the initial mailing of the bill.  THIS DEADLINE CANNOT BE EXTENDED FOR ANY REASON.

Appeal Forms are available in the Assessor's office. The Assessor will review the appeal and, after confirming the information, will forward it to the State. The State's decision will be returned to the Assessor, who will then notify the taxpayer via US Mail.

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