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Now is the Time to Appeal Excessive Rhode Island Commercial Property Tax Assessment

January 31, 2022 is the first of several deadlines that must be met in order to appeal your excessive property tax assessment. If you miss it, you will be foreclosed from bringing an appeal, or even effectively arguing that the assessment is too high.

In order to contest an excessive assessment, owners (and lessees in some instances) must file a Notice of Intent to Bring an Account by January 31, pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws section 44-5-15. The owner must then file a sworn statement by March 15 (sometimes referred to as “bringing in an account”) attesting to the owner’s belief as to the “true and full” value of the property. “Whoever neglects or refuses to bring in the account … shall have no remedy” except in very limited circumstances. See R.I.Gen.Laws section 44-5-16.   

2022 may be a very favorable year to contest your Rhode Island commercial property tax assessment, as assessments will be based on 2021 performance. 

©2022 Pierce Atwood LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 3
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Stephen MacGillivray Real Estate Attorney Pierce Atwood Law Firm
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Steve MacGillivray has more than 20 years of experience advising companies, high net worth individuals, and organizations of all sizes in matters related to complex litigation as well as real property disputes including zoning and land use, title, easement and access, condominium disputes, adverse possession and prescriptive rights, commercial leases and claims based on trespass, nuisance, and other property-related torts.

He has successfully assisted developers in the appeal of denials of zoning, wetlands, or environmental permitting, and has represented municipalities on issues...

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Mark Pogue Employment Attorney Pierce Atwood
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Mark Pogue focuses his practice on employment law and related litigation, representing employers and employees in a full range of employment matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mark appears frequently in courts across Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and before the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mark has also litigated many matters involving ERISA claims. In addition to litigating contested issues, Mark advises clients on all their employment issues, including restrictive covenants,...

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