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Providence Inst. for Sav. v. City Treasurer

Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Mar 1, 1857
4 R.I. 484 (R.I. 1857)

Summary

In The Providence Institution for Savings v. Gardiner, 4 R.I. 484, the court held that a savings bank was not taxable for bank stocks in which it had invested its deposits for income, the stocks representing the deposits, which were taxable to the depositors in the towns where they resided.

Summary of this case from Mechanics' Savings Bank v. Granger

Opinion

March 1857.

By the tax act of January, 1855, bank stocks, in which a savings institution has invested its deposits, for income, cannot be taxed to the corporation; such stocks representing the deposits which, under the act, are taxable to the depositors in the towns where they respectively reside.

THIS was an action of assumpsit brought by the plaintiff, an incorporated savings bank in the city of Providence, against the defendant, city treasurer of Providence, to recover back the sum of $3,582.23, being the amount of taxes assessed by the city against the plaintiff corporation, as the owner of certain bank stocks, in which a portion of their deposits had been invested for income. The corporation had rendered an account under oath to the assessors of their ratable estate, in conformity to law, but had not included therein the bank stocks in question, and had paid the tax assessed upon such stocks under protest.

Binney T.A. Jenckes, for the plaintiffs.

James M. Clarke William H. Potter, for defendant.


To the declaration, which specially averred these facts, a general demurrer was filed.


For the reasons given by us in the case of the American Bank v. James Mumford, Collector, we are of opinion, that the personal property of the depositors, in the keeping of a savings institution, cannot be taxed to the corporation. Such property is, by provision of law, all to be taxed to the owners or depositors in the towns where they respectively reside. To assess the corporation also for the same property, would practically amount to a taxation of the depositors for it twice; whereas, the law intends that they shall be taxed for it once only.


Summaries of

Providence Inst. for Sav. v. City Treasurer

Supreme Court of Rhode Island
Mar 1, 1857
4 R.I. 484 (R.I. 1857)

In The Providence Institution for Savings v. Gardiner, 4 R.I. 484, the court held that a savings bank was not taxable for bank stocks in which it had invested its deposits for income, the stocks representing the deposits, which were taxable to the depositors in the towns where they resided.

Summary of this case from Mechanics' Savings Bank v. Granger
Case details for

Providence Inst. for Sav. v. City Treasurer

Case Details

Full title:THE PROVIDENCE INSTITUTION FOR SAVINGS v. MARINUS W. GARDINER, CITY…

Court:Supreme Court of Rhode Island

Date published: Mar 1, 1857

Citations

4 R.I. 484 (R.I. 1857)

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