Tax Assessor


Town of Scituate
Tax Assessor's Office

Karen S. Beattie, RES, RICA - Assessor
P.O.Box 328
No. Scituate, RI 02857

Telephone:          401-647-2919 ext. 4
Fax:            401-647-5960
kbeattie@scituateri.org


PROPERTY ASSESSMENT VALUATION PROCESS

Real Estate Database

Tax Assessor Annual Return Form

Appeal of Property Assessment Application

Notes:
Values are based on December 31, 2018 revaluation. Scituate is required to complete a statistical revaluation as of December 31, 2021. The Town is currently under contract with Northeast Revaluation Co. 
Ownership updated daily
Tax Assessor's Maps
Maps are for assessment purposes only note - map 9/1 is out of sequence & full color zoning map is last map

               Web GIS Maps and Online Property Information


The Tax Assessor's office is responsible for the valuation and assessment of real and personal property for taxation.   Review of Assessments--Members of the Board of Assessment Review are elected by the voters for six-year staggered terms. The board reviews the appeals of any property owners who object to assessments made by the Tax Assessor.

   
 
  • Tax Assessments are set annually as of December 31. Tax bills are mailed out on or before July 1, annually.
  • Tax bills over $100.00 dollars are payable in four quarterly installments due on July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1.
  • Tax bills under $100.00 dollars are due by July 1.
  • The 2021 Real Estate Tax Rates are:
  1. Class 1 - Residential Real Estate: $18.69/thousand @ 100% assessment      
  2. Class 2 - Commercial/Industrial/Mixed Use: $23.19/thousand @ 100% assessment
  3. Class 3 - Tangible Personal Property: $39.81/thousand
  4. Class 4 - Motor Vehicles: $30.00/thousand
   

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

The Motor Vehicle excise tax bills cover the prior calendar year. For example, tax bills issued July 2021 cover vehicle registrations from January 1, 2020 to
 December 31, 2020.

Address changes are made through the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you move to a different municipality within the State, you will be billed by the municipality  you resided in on December 31. If you move out of State, you will be billed by your former municipality for only the time your vehicle was registered in RI. 

If you dispose of a vehicle by any means (sale, transfer, theft, collision, junked, etc.) you must cancel the registration to avoid further taxes. When a registration is canceled the taxes for that registration will stop as of the date of cancellation.
DMV Data Control 462-5720

truck

 


Real Estate

Real Estate Tax Bills cover the current calendar year. Example: Tax bills issued in July of 2021 cover January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

The last revaluation in the Town was conducted as of December 31, 2018. All assessments are estimated at 100% of the December 31, 2018 market value. Improvements made to a property after December 31, 2018 will be assessed in relation to the December 2018 Real Estate Market. The next  revaluation  for the town is due December 31, 2021.

Tangible Property

Tangible Property Tax Bills cover the prior calendar year. Tax bills issued in July of 2021 cover January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

All business owners within the Town are required to file a declaration listing the furniture, fixtures, equipment and inventory owned by the firm to the Tax Assessor. All declarations are due by January 31, annually. Extensions may be granted upon request. It is suggested that those responsible to file these declarations review RIGL statutes 44-5-15,16,17 & 26.

 

  • Tax Bills over $100 are payable in four quarterly installments DUE on July 1st, October 1st, January 1st, and April 1st.
  • Tax Bills under $100 are DUE by July 1st.
  • Taxes due and payable July 1st. Late payments will be assessed interest of 6% per annum from July 1st. 

Tax Appeal Deadlines
The deadline to file an appeal on a Real Estate or Tangible Tax bill is 90 days from the date the first quarterly payment became due. This date will be September 29th as long as the tax bills are mailed out by July 1st. The deadline to file an appeal on a Motor Vehicle Tax bill is 45 days from the first quarterly payment due date. 
Tax Appeal Form
Personal Exemptions
To be eligible, all new applicants seeking an exemption must apply to the Tax Assessor's office prior to March 15.  One must also be a resident of the State and Town to qualify.


 

Veterans Benefits

A copy of the  applicant's form DD-214 is required. Veterans who served honorably in the armed forces or the merchant marines of the US, or the unmarried widow of one who served in:

  • WORLD WAR I
    April 5, 1917 to November 11, 1918.
  • WORLD WAR II
    December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946.
  • KOREAN WAR
    June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955.
  • VIETNAM WAR
    February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975.
  • GRENADA AND LEBANON
    1983 and 1984 (actually served)
  • PERSIAN GULF, HAITIAN, SOMALIA, BOSNIA CONFLICTS.
    August 2, 1990 to May 1, 1994 (actually served)

 

  • SEE RIGL 44-3-4.2 CONFLICTS ELIGIBLE FOR VETERAN'S PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR COMPLETE LIST

Benefits Include:

Veterans          Credit $46.10

100% Disabled Veterans (Service Connected Only) 
Applicant must file by March15th and meet the following requirements on December 31st assessment date prior to the annual tax bill in order to qualify for the Veterans Exemption:

  • 5 year residency requirement
  • 100% Service Connected disability, certified by Veteran's Administration
Upon qualifying:
  • 50% off real estate taxes first year after qualifying 
  • 100% off real estate taxes (up to $350,000 of assessed value) second year after qualifying
Note: Exemption only for owner-occupied unit on multi-family homes

Tax Credit Amount:

   POW                           $560.55
  Gold Star Parent         $112.11
    Special Housing         $373.30

(RIGL 44-3-12) Blind Exemption           $672.66
  Applicants must contact the RI Dept. of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services, RI Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired.  An intake worker will explain that the agency's consulting opthalmologist will make a determination of legal blindness based on an eye report from your personal eye physician.  The R.I. Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired will forward a determination to the Tax Assessor's Office for disposition. 
Dept. of Human Services
Office of Rehabilitation Services
R.I. Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2300

Motor Vehicle with a wheelchair lift is assessed at 50% of value.


Senior Citizen Exemption Benefits & Tax Freeze

New applicants must meet the following requirements on December 31st assessment date prior to the annual tax bill in order to qualify for the Senior Citizen Exemption and Tax Freeze:

  • Must be age 65 or older
  • Owned and occupied the home for ten years
  • Reside in Scituate more than 195 days per year
  • Provide proof of residency (copy of driver's license)
  • No co-owners (other than souse) under the age 65 living in the home
  • Co-owners are Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common that hold title to the property with the applicant. Co-owners may hold title and reside elsewhere without disqualifying the applicant.
No school-aged children residing in the home (other than the applicant's children or legal guardanship)
Example: Applcant with a birthdate of February 1, 1956 reaches age 65 on February 1, 2021. Meets the test of age (65) on December 31, 2022 and will begin receiving the tax freeze and senior exemptions with the 2021 tax bill and all subsequent tax bills as long as they continue to meet all other requirements. 

File applications by January 31st annually

             Senior Citizen                                      $37.37
             Variable age 65 to 71                          $56.06
             Variable age 72 and over                    $74.74

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