Personal Income Tax

ORS 316.798
Subtraction for contributions

  • exemption for earnings
  • limitations


Subject to ORS 316.800 (Limits phased out based on income applicable to subtraction or exemption), and in addition to the other modifications to federal taxable income contained in this chapter, there shall be subtracted from federal taxable income the amount of funds contributed by an account holder to the account holder’s first-time home buyer savings account during the tax year, not to exceed $5,000 for an account holder who files an individual income tax return or $10,000 for joint account holders who file a joint income tax return.


Earnings, including interest and other income, on the principal in the account during the tax year are exempt from taxation until withdrawn by the taxpayer, subject to subsection (3) of this section.


An account holder may claim the subtraction and exemption under subsections (1) and (2) of this section:


For contributions made into a first-time home buyer savings account opened before January 1, 2027;


For a period not to exceed 10 years from the date the account holder first opens any first-time home buyer savings account; and


For an aggregate total amount of principal and earnings not to exceed $50,000 during the 10-year period.


A person other than the account holder who deposits funds in a first-time home buyer savings account is not entitled to the subtraction and exemption provided for in this section. [2018 c.109 §4]
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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