Exemption Information and Forms

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Senior Citizen Exemption

To be put on the mailing list for the exemption application to be mailed to you, please send an email to jmisto@westerlyri.gov or via phone (401) 348-2543.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOMETIME AT THE END OF FEBRUARY EACH YEAR.

  • You must submit an application every year to receive this exemption.
  • The deadline to file this form is April 30th of the year for which your are requesting the exemption.
  • To be eligible for this tax exemption:
  1. Applicant must be 65 years or older as of the preceding December 31st.
  2. You must be owner and occupant of a residential property in Westerly for a period of five years or more.
  3. Westerly must be your full time primary residence.
  4. Your annual gross household income can be no higher than the limit in §229-2 of the Westerly Code of Ordinances.  The income limit is subject to change each year.
  • You must complete the Statement of Annual Household Income on page 2 of the application.
  • You must submit a copy of your federal income tax return for the year of the exemption and the year-end income statements used to prepare the return.  Also include non-taxable income statements.
  • Town Assessor has the right to ask you to submit additional documentation of income or proof of residency.

100% Disabled Tax Exemption

 To be put on the mailing list for the exemption application to be mailed to you, please send an email to jmisto@westerlyri.gov or via phone (401) 348-2543.  APPLICATIONS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE SOMETIME AT THE END OF FEBRUARY EACH YEAR.

  • You must submit an application every year to receive this exemption.  The deadline to file this form is April 30th of the year for which your are requesting the exemption.
  • To be eligible for this tax exemption:
    1. The applicant must be certified by the social security administration as 100% disabled.
    2. Your annual gross household income can be no higher than the limit in §229-2 of the Westerly Code of Ordinances.  The income cap is subject to change each year.
    3. You must be owner and occupant of a residential property in Westerly for a period of five years.
    4. Westerly must be your full time primary residence.
    5. Documentation of certification must accompany this form.
    6. You must present the award letter form Social Security Administration for initial filing.  Each time after that, you will need to present a benefit verification letter.
    7. Provide photocopy of most recent social security disability check or copy of bank statement showing most recent deposit.
    8. You must submit a copy of your federal income tax return for last year if you file AND the year-end income statements used to process your return.  Also include non-taxable income statements.
    9. If a federal income tax return is filed, applicant must submit the signed copy of IRS form 4506-T, which gives the Assessor the right to request information from the IRS regarding your tax return.  Any expense is born by the Town.
    10. Town Assessor has the right to ask you to submit additional documentation of income or proof of residency.

Blind Exemption Application          
Applicants must contact the RI Dept. of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services, RI Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired.  An intake worker will explain that the agency's consulting ophthalmologist will make a determination of legal blindness based on an eye report from your personal eye physician.  The R.I. Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired will forward a determination to the Tax Assessor's Office for disposition. 
Dept. of Human Services
Office of Rehabilitation Services
R.I. Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
401.421.7005 (Voice)
401.421.7016 (TDD)
401.462.7799 (Spanish) 

Soldiers' & Sailors' Civil Relief Act - form
This form is for military personnel and their spouse who are living in Westerly due to military orders, have motor vehicles registered in Westerly, and claim their primary residence in another state. This form must be filed for each year the exemption is being requested.

Veteran's Exemption Form
This form is for military personnel who were active duty during wartime and whose primary residence is Westerly. Please see page 2 of the form for a list of qualifying dates. A copy of your DD-214 (military discharge papers) must accompanying this form. On July 14, 2021 the Governor signed an amendment to RIGL Section 44-3-4. Any person who served in uniform between 1947 through 1991 is eligible for the Veteran exemption even if they were not deployed to the area of conflict. The amendment is limited to veterans serving during that specific time period. Those that served during WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam still receive the exemption, that has not changed.