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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve January 09, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Good luck with this, a desperate measure from a desperate city! The constant spiral of tax and spend will drive the city into the ground. Cap spending, reduce taxes, and you'll be amazed to see what happens. Imagine, one medical benefit package for all of the city workers and it will save the city 4.5 million dollars? Gee, where was this idea 5 years ago? And these are the people who we trust to spend our tax dollars wisely? FIRE THEM ALL!
Rob Borkowski (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Yes, it was. I linked to it, too. By all means, check it out.
Still Hope January 09, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I thought Woonsocket had one of the best tax collection rates out of the whole state. From what I read, the independent auditors basically said that was just about the only saving grace the city had financially. So the people eventually pay their obligation to the city. The city mismanages the money. The city then attacks the people. Seems legit.
Steve January 09, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Exactly, and here's the real kicker: The news site reports there's about $15 million in uncollected taxes for 2012. 15 Million Dollars in unpaid taxes? This is approximately 20% of the overall taxes collected by the city! Nah, we don't need that cash right? Just bring on the Supplemental Tax Bill, and make sure we give it to the people that will actually pay it...... What a city!
Still Hope January 09, 2013 at 06:51 PM
The problem with that news report is that it fails to note that the last 2 quarter's bills are not even due yet for the car tax. Of course it's still outstanding…it's not due! Also note: the city makes millions in fees and penalties.
Steve January 09, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Understood, One thing I'm thinking is that these can't be unpaid car taxes that are due, because if you don't pay your car taxes, you can't register you car. But then again, in Woonsocket, I wonder how many unregistered cars we have on the road... This is most likely unpaid property taxes, which I believe is the brunt of the tax base collected in Woonsocket. Which makes me wonder, why no more tax sales on properties with uppaid taxes? I saw a long list a few months ago, but if the city is owed 15 Million Dollars in back taxes, we should be having tax sales every week for the next year to settle this bill.

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