2001-H 6363 am
Enacted 7/10/2001

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Introduced By:  Representatives Trillo, Gorham, Savage, Bierman and Anguilla Date Introduced:   May 2, 2001

It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 44-5 of the General Laws entitled "Levy and Assessment of Local Taxes" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

44-5-8.1. Waiver of interest on overdue quarterly tax payments. -- (a) Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter to the contrary, any city or town may, by ordinance duly enacted, authorize a waiver of interest on one quarter's overdue property tax payment and allow the remaining balance of taxes owed to be paid on a quarterly basis if all of the following conditions are satisfied by the taxpayer:

(1) The property subject to the overdue payment is the residence of the taxpayer and has been for the five (5) years immediately preceding the tax payment which is overdue.

(2) The request for a waiver of interest is in writing, signed and dated by the taxpayer.

(3) The taxpayer has made timely payments of taxes to the city or town for the five (5) years immediately preceding the tax payment which is overdue. The burden of proof of timely payments shall be upon the taxpayer.

(4) The bill for which the payment is overdue was issued less than two (2) years prior to the date of the request for a waiver of interest.

(b) In no event shall the waiver of interest on a tax bill exceed five hundred dollars ($500). Decisions of the tax collector shall be in writing and contain a notice to the city or town council. If the taxpayer receives an adverse decision from the tax collector, the taxpayer must pay the interest and may file a claim for reimbursement with the city or town council within ten (10) days of the decision.

(c) Any request for a waiver of taxes which meets criteria established by this section pursuant to a duly enacted ordinance shall be granted by the city or town.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage.

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