Personal Income Tax

ORS 316.363

  • instructions

The instructions to the individual state income tax return form required to be filed by this chapter shall:


Be written in simple words used in their commonly understood senses that convey meanings clearly and directly;


Be written in primarily simple, rather than compound or complex, sentences that are as short as possible;


Limit the use of definitions to definitions of words that cannot be properly explained or qualified in the text;


Include an index at the beginning of the instructions to provide a useful guide to the use of the form. The index shall give a comprehensive listing of return form parts in a logical sequence, and the index listings shall clearly state the contents of each section;


Have the text of the instructions printed in roman type at least as large as 10-point modern type, two points leaded;


Have margins that are adequate for purposes of readability, and have a line length of the text not exceeding four inches for a column;


Have section headings printed in a contrasting color, typeface or size; and


Be printed so that the contrast and legibility of the ink and paper used is substantially the equivalent of black ink on white paper. [1977 c.736 §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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