Personal Income Tax

ORS 316.387
Election for final tax determination by personal representative

  • period for assessment of deficiency
  • discharge of personal representative from personal liability for tax


In the case of any tax for which a return is required under this chapter from a decedent or a decedent’s estate during the period of administration, the Department of Revenue may give notice of deficiency as described in ORS 305.265 (Deficiency notice) within 18 months after a written election for a final tax determination is made by the personal representative, administrator, trustee or other fiduciary representing the estate of the decedent. This election must be filed after the return is made and filed in the form and manner as may be prescribed by the department by rule.


Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, if the department finds that gross income equal to 25 percent or more of the gross income reported has been omitted from the taxpayer’s return, notice of the deficiency may be given at any time within five years after the return was filed.


The limitations to the giving of a notice of deficiency provided in this section shall not apply to a deficiency resulting from false or fraudulent returns, or in cases where no return has been filed. If the Commissioner of Internal Revenue or other authorized official of the federal government makes a correction resulting in a change of the decedent’s or the estate of the decedent’s tax for state income tax purposes, then notice of a deficiency under any law imposing tax upon or measured by income for the corresponding tax year may be mailed within one year after the department is notified by the fiduciary or the commissioner of such federal correction, or within the applicable 18-month or five-year period prescribed in subsections (1) and (2) of this section, respectively, whichever period later expires.


After filing the decedent’s return, the personal representative, administrator, trustee or other fiduciary may apply in writing for discharge from personal liability for tax on the decedent’s income. After paying any tax for which the personal representative, administrator, trustee or other fiduciary is subsequently notified, or after expiration of nine months since receipt of the application and during which no notification of tax liability is made, the discharge becomes effective. A discharge under this subsection does not discharge the personal representative, administrator, trustee or other fiduciary from liability to the extent that assets of the decedent’s estate are still in the possession or control of the personal representative, administrator, trustee or other fiduciary. The failure of a personal representative to make application and otherwise proceed under this subsection shall not affect the protection available to the personal representative under ORS 116.123 (Effect of approval of final account) and 116.213 (Discharge of personal representative).


For the purpose of facilitating the settlement and distribution of estates held by fiduciaries, the department, on behalf of the state, may agree upon the amount of taxes at any time due or to become due from such fiduciaries under this chapter or transferees of an estate as provided in ORS 314.310 (Liability of transferee of taxpayer for taxes imposed on taxpayer) with respect to a tax return or returns of or for a decedent individual or an estate or trust, and payment in accordance with such agreement shall be in full satisfaction of the taxes to which the agreement relates. [1969 c.493 §59; 1971 c.333 §3; 1995 c.453 §5; 2017 c.169 §60]
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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