Local Property Credits


Rhode Island



Variations in Receipt of Benefit

No Variation in Receipt of Benefits

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Type



The state has authorized credits for 6 towns. The credit for totally disabled individuals varies from $250 in Smithfield to $600 in Lincoln. The 'senior resident property tax service credit program' is $500 in Newport and Cumberland. Eligibility requirements vary by town.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the property tax bill

Eligible Property Type


Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property is eligible for this program.

Eligibility Criteria




Income Ceiling


Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

Credits are available to those 65 and older in 4 towns. Additional eligibility requirements include residency duration, being a veteran of the armed services, disability as determined by the Social Security Administration, income as determined by the local government, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In Burrillville, parents of individuals killed in active duty are also eligible for a credit.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government must take action to opt in

Local Option Regarding Program Features

Local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

Local government covers all of its tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

The state statute is silent on this.

Record ID



Towns in this program include Smithfield, Lincoln, Burrillville, Newport, Cumberland, and Bristol. Because there are multiple local programs, there are two different types of variation in benefits (i.e., no variation, and varies by income).


R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-3-15.3 (in effect for 2007); R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-3-15.4 (in effect for 2007); R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-3-56 (in effect for 2007); R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-33.3-1 ~ § 44-33.3-9 (in effect for 2007); R.I. Gen. Laws § 44-33.4-1 ~ § 44-33.4-9 (in effect for 2007)

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