Is there a grace period after a tax bill’s quarterly due date before I am charged interest? What if my tax payment is late?

Any effective grace period is established in the annual Tax Resolution, as enacted by the Town Council.

 

The 2021 Tax Resolution states, in part:

 

“If the first installment or any succeeding installment of taxes is not paid by the first (1st) day of the next calendar month following the last date of the respective installment period or periods as they occur, then the whole tax or remaining unpaid balance of the tax as the case may be, shall immediately become due and payable and shall carry until collected a penalty at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from August 1, 2021 for real and personal property taxes, and motor vehicle excise tax as allowed by the laws of the State of Rhode Island. Upon payment of any and all delinquent quarterly installments together with interest accrued on the full unpaid balance of the tax, the right to pay the remaining taxes on the installment basis will be reinstated.”

 

Quarter 1 – Due August 1 (Delinquent after August 31)

Quarter 2 – Due November 1 (Delinquent after November 30)

Quarter 3 – Due February 1 (Delinquent after February 28)

Quarter 4 – Due May 1 (Delinquent after May 31)

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1. What is the current tax rate?
2. What if I don’t receive a tax bill?
3. How do I electronically retrieve a copy of my current tax bill?
4. I escrow my Real Estate taxes – what do I do with my Real Estate tax bill?
5. I just purchased real estate in South Kingstown and received my tax bill – why is the tax bill under the prior property owner’s name?
6. When are tax payments due?
7. Is there a grace period after a tax bill’s quarterly due date before I am charged interest? What if my tax payment is late?
8. Why did I receive a late notice (“Notice of Account Statement”)?
9. How are penalties calculated?
10. If I mail a payment, will you honor the postmark?
11. Can I post-date my check?
12. What periods do tax bills cover?
13. Why can’t I register my motor vehicle; or, why can’t I renew my registration?
14. Why did I get a motor vehicle tax bill for a car I no longer own?
15. I don’t live in South Kingstown anymore – why am I receiving a motor vehicle tax bill from the Town of South Kingstown?
16. How can I pay my tax bill?
17. How can I pay my utility bill?
18. How do I make a payment with a credit or debit card?
19. Why is there a fee for using a credit or debit card to make a payment?