Local communities postponing tax penalties

Local communities postponing tax penalties

Residents and business owners who are finding themselves short on cash due to the COVID-19 measures will have more time to pay their taxes this year before penalties kick in.

On Tuesday, both Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt of Woonsocket and Town Administrator Gary Ezovski of North Smithfield announced new policies related to fourth quarter tax payments for property and auto excise taxes.

While both leaders said the deadline to make payments is still April 15, the two communities have delayed interest and penalties for failure to make payments.

In North Smithfield, these penalties are delayed until May 15, while in Woonsocket, these penalties are delayed until June 1. Residents and business owners who make payments before these dates will not be penalized.

Both leaders encouraged residents who are able to pay by April 15 to continue to do so.

“They will ensure that our local services can continue during these very different and challenging times,” said Ezovski. “For our residents and businesses that are without income, we hope this grace period relieves one of your immediate concerns.”

State and federal authorities have also implemented new tax policies. Last Friday, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the deadline to file state taxes would be pushed back to July 15, consistent with measures announced by the federal government.

Like local leaders, Raimondo encouraged residents who are able to file their taxes by April 15 to continue to do so.