Frequently Asked Questions

When are my taxes due? 

  • Taxes are due quarterly: September 1, December 1, March 1, June 1 (There is an additional 15 day grace period during each quarter).
  • Tax bills with an annual amount less than $100 must be paid in full in the first quarter.
  • For information on interest owed or account status, please contact the Finance Department at 401-886-8612
  • All taxes should be made payable to Town of East Greenwich and are collected by the Finance Department.

Why am I receiving a Motor Vehicle/Excise Tax Bill?

**UPDATE: As of 2022, the Motor Vehicle Tax has been phased-out and residents of East Greenwich will not receive future tax bills for motor vehicles registered in their name.  Past due balances are still valid and owed.

  • Each year, residents receive a Motor Vehicle Tax bill based on active RI registrations from the previous calendar year.  This information is sent to the Tax Assessor at the end of each year by the RI Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • It is important to keep your registration information up to date and accurate with the RI Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • If you moved to another City/Town within RI, you will receive a tax bill from the community in which the car was registered as of December 31st of the previous year.  
  • If you are moving out of RI, your registration must be canceled and/or plates returned to the RI DMV in order to stop generating future tax bills.  You are responsible for the taxes up until the date of the cancellation.  (For example: if your registration was canceled on August 20, 2019, you would receive a final tax bill in 2020 for a total of 231 days). 
    A copy of a TR-3 form, as provided by the RI DMV, can serve as proof of cancellation.  

I sold my home, why am I receiving a tax bill for a property I no longer own?

  • The tax roll information is often "frozen" to create the upcoming tax bills in June of each year.  Ownership information that changed after this date may not be reflected on the tax bills.  Please forward the tax bill back to the Finance Department or contact the Tax Assessor's Office for further instruction.

How do I appeal my taxes? 

  • Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes can be appealed within 90 days of the first quarter billing date (September 1st) by submitting an official Appeal Application to the Tax Assessor.  **Please note: this form will not be available until the week of August 22, 2022.

What exemptions am I eligible for?

  • Tax exemptions are listed on the back of each tax bill and applications for our more popular exemptions are available in our Important Documents & Forms section.  
  • Applications for exemptions must be received by the Tax Assessor's office by March 15th in order to be eligible for the upcoming tax roll.  
  • For any questions or concerns about tax exemptions, please contact Melaine Potrzeba in the Tax Assessor's Office for more information at 401-886-8601 or