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Motor Vehicle Tax Changes

Post Date:09/14/2017

Motor Vehicle Tax Changes

The RI General Assembly recently passed a law phasing out the motor vehicle tax over a five-year period. The schedule calls for a 5% reduction in your vehicle’s value in the first year which is 2017. Unfortunately, passage of the new legislation occurred after our motor vehicle tax bills had been issued. Motor vehicle taxes are due quarterly. The first quarter bill was due on September 1, 2017. The City will recalculate the tax bills under the recently adopted legislation. This will result in a reduced tax. The reduction in the tax will be applied as a credit toward the remaining balance due for 2017. If you paid your 2017 motor vehicle tax in full, the City will issue you a refund check for the amount of the reduction. All taxpayers will be mailed a statement notifying them of the new motor vehicle assessment and the amount of the credit/refund due to you. Thank you for your patience in this first year of implementation.

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