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8/19/2015 Senator Sheehan announces National Grid will reimburse customers taxed accidentally
STATE HOUSE — After hearing from a business-owning constituent who is still being taxed for electricity, Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) has announced that National Grid will reimburse customers for the oversight.

The General Assembly eliminated the fuel and electricity tax for businesses in Rhode Island during its recent session in legislation that was supported by Senator Sheehan.

“I was contacted by a business-owner who noticed that there was still a 7 percent tax in the breakdown of his July electric bill,” said Senator Sheehan. “In response, Senate staff reached out to National Grid. The company said that it had made an error in continuing to calculate the tax after its repeal date. They said they would correct this oversight.”

Since the tax was eliminated July 1, National Grid should have pro-rated any bills that were part-June and part-July, with the tax applying only for electricity consumed through June 30. After Senator Sheehan’s inquiries, National Grid notified Senate staff that they had made an error in many business bills by continuing the tax, and that they will be refunding the tax to those businesses.

“I am pleased that we could assist my constituent,” said Senator Sheehan, “but more importantly, I want to thank National Grid for their prompt attention to this oversight and remedying it for the many businesses that may have been affected.”

Senator Sheehan urges any business-owning National grid customers to double-check their bills to make sure they are no longer being taxed, and that they get refunded for any accidental oversights.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903