Representative William W. O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence) has announced that he will reintroduce legislation (2016-H 8161) in the upcoming General Assembly session that raises the exemption for the motor vehicle excise tax from $500 to $3,000 for Rhode Island residents.

“The citizens of my district and the state are struggling every year to pay the wildly differing rates of our state’s car tax.  In North Providence alone, the taxpayers are charged $41.95 per $1,000 of value.  We have to stop bleeding our residents dry with taxes and I believe car tax relief is an excellent way to help the taxpayers out,” said Representative O’Brien (D-Dist. 54, North Providence).  “Having the state car tax exemption at $3,000 will also significantly help our taxpayers who can least afford to pay the tax every year.”

Currently, the tax exemption is $500 of the vehicle’s value, but, some communities provide additional exemption amounts for their residents.

“I believe this upcoming session is the year our residents will finally receive the relief they deserve on their car tax bills.  I’ve continually promised to the residents of District 54 that I would not stop working on this important issue and I am hopeful in this upcoming session we can cut back this regressive and burdensome tax,” added Representative O’Brien.

Rep. O’Brien has served the residents of North Providence in District 54 since his election in November 2012. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in April 2014. He is the vice chairman of the House Corporations Committee and serves as a member of the House Oversight Committee, the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee, and the House Rules Committee.

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