Personal Income Tax

ORS 316.191
Withholding taxes at time and in manner other than required by federal law

  • rules

Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS 316.197 (Payment to department by employer):


When adherence to the federal withholding system creates an undue burden on an employer, the employer may request and the Department of Revenue may permit that taxes be withheld and paid over within a time and in a manner other than that required under federal law.


If the department permits the modification of the time and manner of withholding and payment of taxes under this section the method of withholding and payment permitted shall, whenever possible, provide for withholding and payment in a manner similar to that required for other employers required to deduct and retain similar amounts of income taxes from wages paid to their employees in Oregon.


The department shall adopt rules establishing the manner in which an employer may request a modification under this section, and may by rule prescribe a modification of the time and manner of withholding and payment of taxes in such instances as it considers necessary. The department may adopt by rule any exceptions to federal withholding requirements that have been adopted by the Internal Revenue Service. [1985 c.87 §2]
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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