Rule Rule 123-674-0001
Purpose, Scope and General Process for Businesses Seeking Exemption


This division of administrative rules clarifies, specifies and establishes elements of ORS 285C.050 (Definitions for ORS 285C.050 to 285C.250) to 285C.250 (Redesignation or designation of new zone following zone termination) (Oregon Enterprise Zone Act) for the determinations, procedures and requirements relevant to the three- to five-year exemption from property taxes under ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption) on qualified property of eligible business firms in any enterprise zone.


The outline of these rules, regarding a business firm’s receipt of this exemption, is that:


The sponsor of the enterprise zone may extend the usually three-year period to four or five consecutive years in total by executing a written agreement with the firm before approval of the application in subsection (c) of this section.


The firm must be engaged in eligible activities as primarily determined with authorization.


The firm must apply for authorization, generally before any work begins on the new investment, and the local zone manager and the county assessor need to authorize the firm.


The firm must initially satisfy certain hiring criteria and then maintain corresponding employment minimums during the entire exemption period in order to first become and then stay qualified.


The exemption is primarily on certain new property and only for an authorized firm that timely claims the exemption with the assessor after it has placed the property in service; before that, it may be exempt under ORS 285C.170 (Construction-in-process exemption).


These administrative rules do not control or bind the county assessor or Department of Revenue and are superseded by OAR chapter 150 in matters related to tax administration including but not limited to rules for purposes of the statutory sections listed in ORS 285C.125 (Duties of Department of Revenue)(1).
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