Woonsocket Will Tap Tax Debtors' State Refunds
State program allows city to dock tax debtors' reimbursement checks.
If you owe the city money when your taxes are filed, it's coming out of your state refund, according to a report from turnto10.com.
The news site reports there's about $15 million in uncollected taxes for 2012.
This years' tax bills were mailed on July 6. City taxes are due in quarterly payments: July 27, 2012, Oct. 15, 2012, Jan. 15, 2013 and April 15, 2013, the last coinciding with the deadline to file taxes this year.
WPRO.com reports the state program, called "refund offset" is available to any municipality in the state.
Residents can check out how much they owe the city online, but letters have also been sent out notifying delinquent taxpayers that their refunds will be docked.
The process is governed by RI General Law 42-142-7, "Collections of debts". In the Valley Breeze article on the subject, Assessor Christopher Celeste said he'll give people who recieved a letter about thier debt a week beyond the 30-day wait drawn up in the law before sending a list of people who haven't paid to the state at the end of the month.
Anyone who has received a letter about unpaid taxes and believes it's a mistake can call the tax assessor's office at (401) 767-9271 or (401) 767-9272.