Finance

The Finance Department is responsible for issuing the Town Budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, paying bills, paying employees, and collecting taxes. The Purchasing department also falls under the scope of the Finance Department.

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Tax Payments

Real estate taxes and automobile taxes are due in four quarterly payments on the last business day prior to July 31, October 31, January 31, and April 30.

Sewer fees and assessments are due in September.

Every effort is made to send tax bills to property owners, but not receiving a bill does not excuse you from paying the taxes or any accrued interest for late payment.

Payments should be mailed to:

Town of Lincoln
Tax Collector
PO Box 100
Lincoln, RI 02865

Online Bill Pay

We currently accept online payment of real estate property tax, excise tax, and sewer fees and/or assessments. Payment can be made either by Mastercard or Visa credit cards. A processing fee will be assessed for all credit card payments.

The processing fee is as follows:

Payment From $ Payment To $ Convenience Fee $
1.00 9.99 1.00
10.00 49.99 2.50
50.00 166.66 5.00
166.67 And up 3% of payment

Can I pay my tax bills online?

Yes, go to the Quick Links page and select the appropriate link. We currently accept payment of real estate property tax, excise tax, and sewer fees and/or assessments. Payment can be made either by Mastercard or Visa credit cards. A processing fee will be assessed for all credit card payments.

How often are property tax bills mailed?

All real estate property tax bills are issued on a yearly basis in July.

When is a real estate property tax bill due?

Tax bills are due in quarterly payments on the following dates: July 31st, October 31st, January 31st and April 30th.

If I pay my property tax bill late, will I be charged any interest?

Yes, interest is assessed at a rate of 12% per annum from the due date of the bill. If any payment is received late the taxpayer relinquishes the privilege of payment in quarterly installments and the balance becomes payable in full. The penalty interest will be calculated on the full balance due.

I received my tax bill and believe there is an error in the assessment.

Please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-333-1100, extension 8002.

Are there any exemptions available to reduce my taxes?

Please contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at 401-333-1100, extension 8002 for all available tax exemptions.

Does the Treasurer's Office have homes and/or land for sale?

The Town of Lincoln normally holds a tax sale annually in the Spring. The tax sale is advertised on this website. The tax sale is conducted subject to RIGL 44-9.

If I did not physically receive an excise bill from the Town, am I still responsible for late charges?

According to RIGL 44-34 a person who does not receive a bill is still liable for the excise plus any charges. Address records for auto excise taxes are maintained by RI Division of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV). Therefore, it is very important to keep the RIDMV (www.dmv.ri.gov), informed of a current name and address so that excise bills can be delivered properly. All owners of motor vehicles must pay excise tax; therefore it is the responsibility of the owner to contact the local assessor if he/she has not received a bill. The mailing of all excise tax bills happens in July of each year.

I no longer live in the Town of Lincoln but I have a Motor Vehicle Tax bill.

You should not be paying more than one Town for the same time period. You are taxed according to the address that is listed on your registration, not your current residence. Motor Vehicle taxes are for the prior calendar year. You will be responsible for the tax bill in Lincoln until you change your address on your registration. In order to avoid being charged for taxes at your old address or if you plan to move soon, you must file a change of address with RIDMV. The form can be obtained at your local DMV office or at www.dmv.ri.gov/forms/allforms.php.

I have received a Motor Vehicle Excise Tax bill and I no longer own that vehicle.

Motor Vehicle Tax bills are based on your RI DMV registration for the prior calendar year. Taxes are assessed on the registration. You must return your registered plates to the RI DMV in order to stop the assessment.

I am a vendor for the Town looking for a payment, how do I track down my check?

All invoices submitted to the Town must follow the following process: The department paying the invoice must submit a purchase order to the Purchasing Agent; the Finance Director then confirms that funds are available and submits the purchase orders to the Town Council. The Town Council meets on the third Tuesday of the month. When purchase orders are approved by the Town Council, the Finance Director issues the checks. You should track the invoice through the department you submitted it to in the first place.

I am not the listed property owner, may I get verbal confirmation on property tax payment status?

Generally, you may not. Due to the large volume of requests for property tax information, the Town of Lincoln requires you to order a Municipal Lien Certificate (MLC).

How much do you charge for Municipal Lien Certificates?

The cost to obtain an MLC is $25.00 per parcel, plus postage.

How long does it take to get a Municipal Lien Certificate?

The average turnaround time for a municipal lien request is 48 hours from the time of request receipt and payment. However, during periods of heavy volume it could be slightly longer.

How current is the MLC data?

The Collector’s office post receipts daily and municipal lien certificates are calculated to the day they are printed. The MLC is good for 60 days. You may call the Collector’s Office within that time to confirm the status on the MLC.

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