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Exemptions

The Town of Tiverton has several types of Exemptions available. There is an application process for each one.  Most of these applications are due by March 15 to Tax Assessor's Office.

The yearly savings fluctuates on these exemptions because the tax rate changes every year.


GENERAL EXEMPTIONS



Veteran Exemption has a value of $10,225. The 2015 tax savings is $195.71. The Veteran's unmarried widow(er) may continue to receive this exemption.  You must have served honorably during the qualifying dates and/or have earned a Campaign Ribbon or Expeditionary Medal.

Qualifying Dates can be found HERE and HERE.

Gold Star Parent Exemption is given to a parent who lost a son or daughter in service to their country.  This exemption has a value of $6,140.  The 2015 tax savings is $117.52.

100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran Exemption has a value of $20,460. The 2015 tax savings is $391.60.

Ex-Prisoner of War/Unmarried Widow(er) Exemption
has a value of $30,690. The 2015 tax savings is $587.41.

Merchant Marine Exemption has a value of $10,225. The 2015 tax savings $195.71.

Tax Assessor David Robert and his staff sincerely thank all of our Veterans who have served our country.

Blind Exemption (Certified by RI Services for the Blind) has a value of $15,345. The 2015 tax savings is $293.70.

Elderly Low Income Exemptions are income-based utilizing the Federal Poverty Guidelines. A tax credit ranging between $500 and $1,000 is provided depending on the household size and income.  For 2017, the income limits are:

In addition to the income limits outlined above, the applicant must have been a resident in the Town of Tiverton for a term no less than 3 years prior to the year in which the exemption is sought.  The applicant must be at least 65 years of age as of December 31st in the year immediately preceeding, and no income bearing commercial or mixed use properties qualify.

Contact the Tax Assessor's office for full details.

Link to Poverty Guidelines


Farm, Forest and Open Space Program.



This program gives qualifying land owners a considerable savings in their land assessments.  The original application for these programs must be received by the Tax Assessor's office between December 1 and January 31.

The Farm and Forest guidelines are governed by the State of Rhode Island.  The original application must be sent to them.  The Open Space portion is handled by the Tax Assessor's Office.

Yearly Affirmation Forms are mailed out to each participant in the program which must be signed and returned by January 31.

For 2016, the recommended maximum (assessed) values are:

Farms:

Ornamental Crops, including land devoted to floriculture, nursery, and turf production, as well as the land under greenhouses:  $1,955 per acre.

Vegetable and Orchards, including small fruits, potatoes, cranberries, and Christmas trees:  $650 per acre.

Dairy and Livestock, including forage crops, hay, silage corn/grain, and aquaculture:  $300 per acrea.

Forest and Wasteland on a farm:  $115 per acre.

Forest:

All forest land:  $115 per acre.  Must have at least 10 acres excluding any homesite.  .

Open Space:

Recommended values fo open space are 10%, 20%, or 30% of current assessments based on Fair Market Value, depending on which of the three categories of soil are present on the parcel.

10% - Soils with severe limitations 
20% - Soils with moderate limitations
30% - Soils with slight limitations

In the absence of a soil survey map provided by the landowner to the Tax Assessor, open space land will be assessed at 30% of the current assessment.  Parcel must contain at least 10 acres excluding any homesite.

Withdrawal From Program:

If you withdraw enrolled parcels prior to the 15th year of classification, a Use Change Penalty Tax may apply.  Please follow this LINK for detailed information.


Economic Development Real Estate Exemption

The Town of Tiverton offers a phase in tax on new commercial/industrial development - Details HERE and APPLICATION

Residential Development Property Exemption

Per Rhode Island General Law, certain development property is eligible for a partial tax exemption.  To be qualified as "Development Property", please click HERE for details.  If you feel your property qualifies, please submit this APPLICATION.