Frequently Asked Questions
Assessment/Property Information * Tax Assessorís Forms
Notices & Documents * Legal Notices & Links to Other Data Bases
TAX RATEíS FOR 2014 BILLING:
REAL ESTATE RATE: $17.08
MOTOR VEHICLE RATE: $19.87
TANGIBLE BUSINESS: $29.53
It is this officeís responsibility to provide the residents of Cumberland with a fair and accurate assessment as well as to follow the rules and guidelines provided to us through Town Ordinances and the Rhode Island General Laws.
The Tax Assessorís Office is required to conduct Statistical Revaluations every 3 years and Full Revaluations every 9 years. A Statistical Revaluation reviews sales data and makes changes in value based on those sales. Some fieldwork is required, but mostly limited to exterior inspections. During a Full Revaluation, each property and selected businesses are visited for exterior and interior inspections to determine if the data we have in the Tax Assessorís Office is accurate and based on Sale Review, values are changed. The Revaluation Cycle and Process is mandated by RI General Law Chapter 44-5
A Statistical Revaluation was completed in 2010 for the 2011-billing year. A Full Revaluation was completed in 2013 for the 2014-billing year. The company conducting the revaluation was Certified Revaluation Company (CRC), which has since merged with Vision Government Solutions. At the end of the Revaluation, each homeowner should have received a letter describing their home. If any of your home detail was incorrect, you must have contacted the revaluation company. Contact information was included in the letter and someone from Vision Government Solutions should have visited your home and make appropriate corrections. For further information on the revaluation please contact the Tax Assessorís Office at the above mentioned extension numbers.
NEW RESIDENTS Ė TAX EXEMPTIONS
New residents of the Town of Cumberland are hereby notified that applications for exemptions from taxation must be filed no later than December 31 in order to be eligible for the subsequent billing year. For those exemptions that require income data the exemption application deadline is extended to March 15th.
The Town of Cumberland offers personal exemptions to those who qualify for one or more of the following categories:
∑ World War I: 4/6/1917 to 11/11/1918
∑ World War II: Veterans 12/7/1941 to 12/31/1946
∑ Korean Campaign: 6/27/1950 to 1/31/1955: 10/01/1966 to 6/30/1974
∑ Viet Nam: 7/1/1958 to 4/30/1975
∑ Granada: 10/23/1983 to 11/21/1983*
∑ Lebanon: 7/1/1958 to 11/1/1958; 6/01/1983 to 12/01/1987*
∑ Persian Gulf: 7/24/1987 to 11/20/1995*
∑ Persons who received the ďGlobal War Expeditionary MedalĒ or the ďGlobal War on Terrorism MedalĒ
*Must have actually served in conflict*
∑ Prisoner of War ($40,756 Exemption) Must apply in person
∑ Total Service-Connected 100% Disabled Veteran ($ 40,756 Exemption) Must apply in person
∑ Unmarried Widow of a Qualified Veteran ($20,378 Exemption) Must apply in person
∑ Gold Star Parents ($20,378 Exemption) Must apply in person
∑ Certified Blind Residents ($40,756 Exemption) See Link for Application Below
∑ Elderly Exemption (Age 65 or over applied to real estate only $40,756 exemption). Must apply in person and present picture ID
∑ Interstate Trucking Exemption 44-34-4.1 See Link for Application Below
∑ Farm, Forest, Open Space Act (P.L. 1968 Chap. 288)
∑ Senior Deferment: This allows Senior Citizens to defer all tax increases until the home is sold or the owners pass away.
∑ Limited Income Exemption : Tax Exemption for Totally Disabled Application
Homeowners, who have been residents of the Town of Cumberland for FIVE years or more, are under age 65 and determined to be totally disabled by the Social Security Administration and having a combined income of $25,000 or less can apply for this exemption. This Application can be submitted to the Tax Assessorís Office by March 15th each year.
Income Bracket: Exemption
∑ $0.00 to $10,499 $21,431
∑ $10,500 to $14,999 $17,145
∑ $15,000 to $19,999 $12,858
∑ $20,000 to 24,999 $8,572
Tax Assessorís Information and Forms
Real Estate/Tangible Tax Appeal
If you wish to Appeal your Tax Bill, the Tax Appeal Application form must be filed with the Tax Assessorís Office within 90 days of the due date o the tax bill or August 31, (All Tax Bills are due and payable by May 31st each year). Please refer to the Tax Appeal Application form for full instructions. Once the Appeal is received, you will be notified by mail when the Board of Tax Review will be hearing your Appeal. IN ORDER FOR YOU TO APPEAL, YOUR TAXES MUST BE CURRENT (PAID TO DATE).
Motor Vehicle Tax Appeal
If you wish to Appeal your Motor Vehicle (Excise) Tax Bill, the Tax Appeal Application form must be filed within 30 days of the due date on the tax bill, which is June 31st every year. You must submit 2 copies of the appeal application along with a copy of the tax bill. Each vehicle you are appealing must be filed separately. Motor Vehicle appeals are sent to the Tax Assessorís Office who in turn sends the application to the Vehicle Valuation Commission for review. The Vehicle Valuation Commission will notify the Tax Assessorís Office with their decision on your appeal and in turn, the Tax Assessorís Office will notify you by mail of the decision that was rendered.
Special Adapted Motor Vehicle
Tax Exemption on vehicles adapted for persons who are disabled. Specially Adapted Motor Vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle with special equipment, provided that the cost of the special adaptations meet or exceed seven percent (7%) of the value of the motor vehicle. Qualifying vehicles will receive a fifty percent (50%) value reduction. To insure that special equipment has been added to the motor vehicle, the vehicle must be inspected at the Town Hall by an employee of the Tax Assessor Office.
Interstate Trucking Exemption
According to RI General Law Statute 44-34-4.1 any bus, truck or trailer that was operated by a bus, or trucking company exclusively for the purpose of interstate commerce can apply for this exemption so that no excise tax is imposed on such vehicles. The registrant must complete an affidavit. If the operator of such bus, truck or trailer was a bus or trucking company that was not the registrant, an affidavit must also be completed by the bus or trucking company.
Senior Deferment Plan
The property taxes of a qualified applicant will be deferred until a transfer of the property occurs. Full payment will be due upon transfer. A lien will be recorded with the Town Clerkís Office upon the approval of the applicant. Qualified applicants MUST APPLY NO LATER THAN MARCH 15TH, AND shall have household income below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
The property taxes of a qualified applicant will be given up to $47,544 exemption if the impairment is permanent in both eyes and meets the visual acuity levels set forth in State Statute 44-3-12. It is also required that your Ophthalmologist fill out additional forms here verifying that you are in fact legally blind. Contact the Tax Assessorís Office for details.
REMINDER THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF EXEMPTIONS YOU CAN RECEIVE IN CUMBERLAND PER HOUSEHOLD IS $49,815 IN ASSESSED VALUE (THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE DEFERRED TAX AMOUNTS APPLIED UNDER THE SENIOR DEFERMENT PLAN)
The following website link is a direct link to the Rhode Island Registry of Motor
Vehicles and can be used to change your address, renew registrations, and change your Tax Town for mailing purposes.
∑ RI Registry of Motor Vehicles http://www.dmv.ri.gov/
The following link is for information pertaining to veterans (request a copy of your DD-214 Form)
∑ Veterans: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/