Handling Exemption Claims
(1)An authorized business firm may attach a copy of the agreement to the claim form.
(2)For purposes of ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption)(1)(c), the assessor shall rely principally on the zone sponsor and contact agency to inform the assessor’s office under ORS 285C.215 (First-source hiring agreements)(2) if a requisite agreement is lacking.
(3)To verify the existence, effectiveness or general suitability of the agreement, the assessor may do the following:
(a)Request and receive an agreement copy from the local zone manager, contact agency or Firm/applicant; or
(b)Seek assistance under ORS 285C.230 (Assessor to grant or deny exemption)(1)(b) before approving the exemption claim, as a mandatory duty of the zone sponsor.
(4)If learning of a problem with execution of a suitable agreement by the Firm/applicant, then pending a corrective waiver by the Director, the county assessor:
(a)May deny the exemption claim, if the agreement was not executed as described in OAR 123-674-7710 (First-Source Procedures).
(b)Shall deny the exemption claim, if the agreement was not executed on or before December 31 directly preceding the first exemption year under ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption), does not cover at least all years of exemption, or is otherwise deficient.
(5)The assessor shall deny the exemption under ORS 285C.175 (Enterprise zone exemption)(6), if by August 31 of the first tax year of exemption, a problem as described in subsection (4) of this rule is not resolved through copies/documentation of the following:
(a)A (revised/replacement) agreement;
(b)Applicable waiver as allowed in OAR 123-070 or 123-674-7730 (Allowing Late Execution of First-Source Agreement); or
(c)Both, as necessary.
(6)Once a business firm is qualified and approved to receive the exemption, the exemption is not subject to later revocation or disqualification for lack of an agreement, except for the case of fraudulent representations.
(7)Subject to requisite resolution of the outstanding problem, the assessor may reverse a denial as described in section (5) of this rule and grant the exemption, as otherwise allowed under the laws and rules governing the procedures and authority of the assessor.
Rule 123-674-7720 — Handling Exemption Claims,