Oregon Department of Revenue

Rule Rule 150-315-0070
Agriculture Workforce Housing Credit


(1) General Information.
(a) A credit is available to taxpayers who construct, install, or rehabilitate housing for agricultural workers and their immediate families.
(b) The credit is available for agriculture workforce housing projects that are physically begun on or after January 1, 1990.
(c) Depreciation and amortization expenses associated with the agriculture workforce housing project are not decreased by the amount of the tax credit allowed.
(d) The taxpayer’s adjusted basis in the housing project is not decreased by any tax credits allowed.
(e) For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2004, ORS 315.167 (Agriculture workforce housing credit application) provides that the owner or operator of agriculture workforce housing or a contributor as described in ORS 315.163 (Definitions for ORS 315.163 to 315.169)(6) must apply to the Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCSD) for a letter of credit approval no later than six months after beginning an agriculture workforce housing project.
(2) Qualifications for the Tax Credit.
(a) The agriculture workforce housing project must be located in Oregon to qualify for the credit.
(b) The housing project must be limited to occupancy by agricultural workers during the tax year in order to qualify for the credit. If the housing is occupied at any time during the year by persons other than agricultural workers and their immediate families, the housing will not qualify for the credit. Nor can the housing be used for any other function except housing for agricultural workers.
(c) The taxpayer claiming the credit must:
(A) Obtain a letter of credit approval from the OHCSD; and
(B) Certify on an annual basis that any units that were occupied during the tax year were occupied only by agricultural workers or their immediate families. The letter of credit approval and the certification must be maintained in the taxpayer’s records and made available to the department on request.
(d) The OHCSD administers the application and eligibility process for this credit. See chapter 813, divisions 41 and 42 of the Oregon Administrative Rules, and contact OHCSD for more information.
(3) Computation of the Tax Credit For Projects Completed in Tax Years Beginning On or After January 1, 2002
(a) The credit is equal to 50 percent of the costs directly associated with the construction or rehabilitation of the agriculture workforce housing project including costs for financing, construction, excavation, installation, and permits. Construction includes acquisition of new or used prefabricated or manufactured housing. Acquisition costs of land and existing improvements on that land used for the project are not included in the computation.
(b) The credit first may be claimed in the year the project is completed or in any of the nine succeeding tax years. No more than 20 percent of the total credit may be claimed in any one tax year. The housing is not required to be occupied prior to the end of the tax year in which the project is completed in order for the credit to be claimed.
(c) Tax credits not used in a tax year may be carried forward for up to nine years. Any credit carried forward is used first, before the allowable current year credit.
(d) Costs of rehabilitation include capital expenditures only. The allowable costs are those incurred for additions or improvements to property (or related facilities) with a useful life of five years or more. Rehabilitation costs do not include the cost of acquiring the building or an interest in the building.
(4) Computation of the Tax Credit for Projects Completed in Tax Years Beginning before January 1, 2002. The credit is equal to 30 percent of costs described in subsection (3)(a) if completed after December 31, 1995, and 50 percent if completed before December 31, 1995. The credit is claimed in equal installments over a consecutive five-year period beginning in the year the agriculture workforce housing project is completed. The credits may be carried forward for up to five years. Otherwise, the computation of the credit is the same as specified in section (3) of this rule.
(5) Disallowance and Forfeiture of Tax Credit. The tax credit will be disallowed and any prior years’ credits forfeited in the case of:
(a) Fraud or misrepresentation by the taxpayer to obtain the credit.
(b) A taxpayer who is an owner or operator who fails to substantially comply with occupational health and safety rules, regulations, or standards. The Department of Consumer and Business Services will notify the department of any agriculture workforce housing project failing to substantially comply with these standards.
(c) A taxpayer who is an owner or operator who fails to obtain required registration as an agriculture workforce camp with the Department of Consumer and Business Services.
(d) A taxpayer who is an owner or operator of an agriculture workforce housing project that is not operated by a person who holds a valid endorsement as a farmworker camp operator, if required under ORS 658.730 (Farm labor contractor indorsement to operate farmworker camp).
(6) Sale of Agriculture Workforce Housing Project. If the agriculture workforce housing project is sold, the original investor may continue to claim the tax credit, provided all other provisions are met.
(7) Transfers of the credit must comply with ORS 315.056 (Conditions for transfer of tax credit) and OAR 150-315-0005 (Tax credit uniformity transfer provisions).
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