Personal Income Tax

ORS 316.147
Definitions for ORS 316.147 to 316.149

As used in ORS 316.147 (Definitions for ORS 316.147 to 316.149) to 316.149 (Evidence of eligibility for credit), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Eligible taxpayer” includes any individual who must pay taxes otherwise imposed by this chapter and:


Who pays or incurs expenses for the care of a qualified individual, through a payment method determined by rule of the Department of Revenue; and


Who has a household income, for the taxable year, not to exceed the maximum amount of household income allowed in ORS 310.640 (1989 Edition) for a homeowner or renter refund.


“Household income” means the aggregate income of the eligible taxpayer and the spouse of the taxpayer who reside in the household, that was received during a calendar year. “Household income” includes payments received by the eligible taxpayer or the spouse of the taxpayer under the federal Social Security Act for the benefit of a minor child or minor children who reside in the household.


“Income” means “adjusted gross income” as defined in the federal Internal Revenue Code, as amended and in effect on December 31, 2018, even when the amendments take effect or become operative after that date, relating to the measurement of taxable income of individuals, estates and trusts, with the following modifications:


There shall be added to adjusted gross income the following items of otherwise exempt income:


The gross amount of any otherwise exempt pension less return of investment, if any.


Child support received by the taxpayer.




Gifts and grants, the sum of which are in excess of $500 per year.


Amounts received by a taxpayer or spouse of a taxpayer for support from a parent who is not a member of the taxpayer’s household.


Life insurance proceeds.


Accident and health insurance proceeds, except reimbursement of incurred medical expenses.


Personal injury damages.


Sick pay that is not included in federal adjusted gross income.


Strike benefits excluded from federal gross income.


Worker’s compensation, except for reimbursement of medical expense.


Military pay and benefits.


Veteran’s benefits.


Payments received under the federal Social Security Act that are excluded from federal gross income.


Welfare payments, except as follows:


Payments for medical care, drugs and medical supplies, if the payments are not made directly to the welfare recipient;


In-home services authorized and approved by the Department of Human Services; and
(iii) Direct or indirect reimbursement of expenses paid or incurred for participation in work or training programs.


Nontaxable dividends.


Nontaxable interest not included in federal adjusted gross income.


Rental allowance paid to a minister that is excluded from federal gross income.


Income from sources without the United States that is excluded from federal gross income.


Adjusted gross income shall be increased due to the disallowance of the following deductions:


The amount of the net loss, in excess of $1,000, from all dispositions of tangible or intangible properties.


The amount of the net loss, in excess of $1,000, from the operation of a farm or farms.


The amount of the net loss, in excess of $1,000, from all operations of a trade or business, profession or other activity entered into for the production or collection of income.


The amount of the net loss, in excess of $1,000, from tangible or intangible property held for the production of rents, royalties or other income.


The amount of any net operating loss carryovers or carrybacks included in federal adjusted gross income.


The amount, in excess of $5,000, of the combined deductions or other allowances for depreciation, amortization or depletion.


The amount added or subtracted, as required within the context of this section, for adjustments made under ORS 316.680 (Modification of taxable income) (2)(d) and 316.707 (Computation of depreciation of property under federal law) to 316.737 (Amount specially taxed under federal law to be included in computation of state taxable income).


“Income” does not include the following:


Any governmental grant that must be used by the taxpayer for rehabilitation of the homestead of the taxpayer.


Any refund of Oregon personal income taxes that were imposed under this chapter.


“Qualified individual” includes an individual at least 60 years of age on the date that the expenses described in subsection (1)(a) of this section are paid or incurred by the eligible taxpayer:


Whose household income does not exceed $7,500 for the calendar year in which the taxable year of the taxpayer begins;


Who is eligible for authorized services as defined in ORS 410.410 (Definitions for ORS 410.410 to 410.480) under Oregon Project Independence;


Who is certified by the Department of Human Services; and


Whose care or any portion thereof is not paid for under ORS chapter 414. [1979 c.494 §2; 1991 c.786 §5; 1997 c.170 §28; 2011 c.201 §8; 2015 c.348 §18; 2015 c.480 §8; 2016 c.33 §21; 2017 c.315 §23; 2017 c.527 §21; 2018 c.101 §21; 2019 c.319 §22]
Chapter 316

Notes of Decisions

Unless the divorce decree specifically designates that payments are for child support, payments will be treated as alimony. Henderson v. Dept. of Rev., 5 OTR 153 (1972)

The goal of this chapter is to incorporate all of the provisions of the federal Internal Revenue Code; taxable income should be adjusted whenever the result of the adjustment is to give effect to the policies or principles of the federal Internal Revenue Code, even though no express authority for the adjustment is present in the statutes. Christian v. Dept. of Rev., 269 Or 469, 526 P2d 538 (1974); Smith v. Dept. of Rev., 270 Or 456, 528 P2d 73 (1974)

By its enactment of this chapter, the legislature intended to adopt §172 of the federal Internal Revenue Code allowing for the carryback and carryforward of net operating losses. Christian v. Dept. of Rev., 269 Or 469, 526 P2d 538 (1974)

Where plaintiff failed to appeal timely as required by this section, appeal rights were not preserved so that cause could be considered on merits. Dela Rosa v. Dept. of Rev., 11 OTR 201 (1989), aff'd 313 Or 284, 832 P2d 1228 (1992)

Where taxpayers paid foreign income taxes on foreign income and claimed foreign taxes paid as federal tax credit and as state business expense deduction, taxpayers who claim federal foreign tax credit are entitled only to foreign tax deduction provided in ORS 316.690. Whipple v. Dept. of Rev., 309 Or 422, 788 P2d 994 (1990)

For purposes of claim preclusion, all issues regarding taxpayer's income tax liability for tax year constitute same claim. U.S. Bancorp v. Dept. of Revenue, 15 OTR 13 (1999)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Political contributions as credit against Oregon tax return, (1974) Vol 37, p 159

Law Review Citations

57 OLR 309 (1978); 16 WLR 373 (1979)


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