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6/26/2023 Sen. Ciccone and Rep. Biah’s legislation that would tax certain nonprofit properties signed into law
STATE HOUSE – Governor McKee has signed into law legislation (2023-S 0924A, 2023-H 5782A) sponsored by Sen. Frank A. Ciccone and Rep. Nathan W. Biah which would tax property owned by nonprofit institutions that is leased or occupied by for-profit persons and entities.
“This legislation will bring taxation fairness to the residents of our state, particularly those in Providence.  And with potential economic distress coming in the future, our municipalities will need all the tax revenue that they can collect in order to maintain services at a level in which our residents need and deserve. This bill will put an abundance of taxable property back on the tax rolls, benefiting both our municipalities and their residents,” said Senator Ciccone (D-Dist. 7, Providence, Johnston).
“While our state’s nonprofit organizations provide valuable and vital services to Rhode Island’s residents and visitors, not all of the property that they own is utilized for the nonprofits’ missions for the public good.  And if a piece of property is not being used in service of the nonprofit’s mission, then it should be taxed appropriately like every other business or individual in the state.  This bill is about economic fairness for the taxpayers and needed revenue as we face financial uncertainty,” said Representative Biah (D-Dist. 3, Providence).
The legislation states that any real and personal property (or portion thereof) of a health care facility, and/or any parent corporation, operator, manager or subsidiary thereof, or of an institution of higher education, that would otherwise be exempted from property taxation that is leased to, subleased to, occupied or used by an entity, organization, or individual that is not itself exempted from property taxation shall be taxed to the tenant, who, for the purposes of taxation is deemed the owner.
Senator Ciccone and Representative Biah note that 44 percent of property in Providence is owned by nonprofits and is not taxed at normal individual and commercial rates.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903