The Tax Assessors Office functions under the laws of Rhode Island and Ordinances established by the Newport City Council.
According to Rhode Island General Law, all property subject to taxation shall be assessed at its Fair Market Value. Assessments estimate the Fair Market Value each December 31st. Fair Market Value is defined as the price at which a property would transfer between knowledgeable unrelated parties, after reasonable exposure to the public, and without undue influence. Actual sale prices form the basis for this analysis.
The last revaluation of property in Newport was done as of 12/31/2017. These values were presumed to be 100% of Fair Market Value as of that date. This information is currently being hosted on the Vision Appraisal web site (click here).
2020 Property Revaluation Notice
The City of Newport has begun the 2020 full Property Revaluation. The state of Rhode Island mandates that Cities and Towns revalue all property every three years, (RIGL 44-5-11.6), and perform full inspections every 9 years. Newport conducted a “Statistical” project in 2017, and now is required to conduct inspections of all properties for the 2020 project. The Town has hired Northeast Revaluation Group LLC, a municipal revaluation vendor located in Warwick, RI to assist with the project.
Data Collectors for Northeast have identification badges, and their automobiles are registered with the Police Department. They also will be wearing a red shirt or vest with the Northeast logo. When visiting a property, Inspectors will place a specialized door hanger on the appropriate door, knock, and step back a minimum of 6 feet. The door hanger will explain that there is no request to enter the property, only that the data collector will be inspecting the outside of the home. At a later date, the property owner will receive an Interior Data Verification letter that will provide an opportunity to review the interior features and make adjustments. The assessing department has additional details regarding this process should homeowners have a question. Note that Data Collectors will not be making any valuation decisions.
The project is scheduled for completion in early 2021 and property owners can expect to receive a new assessment notice at that time. For any questions or concerns regarding this process, please call the Assessor’s office at 401-845-5364. If you would like to know more about property revaluations this link should be helpful https://nereval.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Revaluation-Explained-web.pdf
Vehicles registered in Newport, RI are taxed for the PREVIOUS calendar year, (i.e. 2019 tax bills are for vehicles registered during the 2018 calendar year).
By law you are required to change your address with the Rhode Island DMV within 10 days of moving. By law you are required to physically return your plates to the Rhode Island DMV.
You are taxed on the amount of days you have an active registration. Moving, selling, gifting, junking your vehicle, throwing away your plates, registering your vehicle in a new State etc. do not constitute the proper way of canceling your registration.
If you do not return your plates to the DMV you will be responsible for the taxes until you do so or the plates expire, whichever occurs first. Please see www.dmv.ri.gov for more information and the correct procedure for returning your license plates. Do not mail your plates to the Assessor's office.
Businesses registered in Newport, RI are taxed for the PREVIOUS calendar year, (i.e. 2020 tax bills are for active businesses during the 2019 calendar year).
You have an active business if you have not properly closed your business by either closing with the Assessor's office in person or by filling out the Close of Business form by mail.
Submitting a Close of Business form is the ONLY acceptable way of officially closing your business with the City as stated on your application with the Tax Assessor's office when you opened your business.
We cannot close your account retroactively. Example: If you say you closed your business in 2017 but did not file the close of business until 2018, you will be responsible for the tax bill you receive in 2019
Active duty Military members stationed in Newport (and not residents of Rhode Island) please see Service Member's Civil Relief Act Tax Exemption Application.
Follow the instructions listed and submit your application to this office as soon as possible. You are exempt for the time you are on orders in Newport. If you retain the plates after you have transferred from the area, you will be responsible for any taxes that have accrued or will accrue once you leave the area.
43 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 845-5300 (M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm)
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