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Some questions & answers regarding real property tax appeals

The City of Newport and the Towns of Middletown and Tiverton are undertaking revaluation of all of the real property in each of those three communities as of December 31, 2014. Property owners will be receiving correspondence from the City/Town setting forth the old assessed values and the new assessment. It is our understanding that those numbers are going to increase significantly for most real property owners. This is especially true in Newport on the waterfront. The property owner should take the new number and divide it by the old number to see how much of an increase there was in the valuation. If the increase exceeds 15% you should contact our office immediately in order to determine whether an appeal to the appraisal company should be taken.

This office has had success over the years in this initial stage of appeals. If you miss that process, then you have to wait until the first payment date for quarterly taxes for fiscal year 2015-2016. In Newport that is in September and in Middletown it is October. You then file an appeal with the Tax Assessor, and thereafter if unsatisfied (which is usually the case) to the Board of Tax Appeals for that community. If you are further denied then the final recourse is in the Superior Court of Newport County. That is a time consuming and expensive process.

The best results come from retaining us immediately in order to appeal to the appraisal company.

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