Oregon Lawmakers Move on Sales Tax
- Apr 1, 2013 | Gail Cole
At the end of last year, three Oregon lawmakers put several tax reform options on the table, including lowering income tax rates and broadening consumption taxes. Now there is actual tax legislation to consider.
Senate Joint Resolution 36 would:
- Establish a 5% tax on sales and use of tangible personal property and services;
- Exempt necessities from the sales tax; and
- Preempt local sales and use taxes not approved on or before November 4, 2014.
- Refer the proposed amendment to voters at the next regular general election.
Among other actions, Senate Bill 824 would:
- Impose sales tax on sales of tangible personal property or service;
- Impose use tax on use of tangible personal property purchased out of state;
- Direct the Oregon Department of Revenue to enter into the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement;
- Provide “that sales and use tax provisions become operative on January 1, 2016 … but do not become operative if Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement is not executed prior to January 1, 2016;” and
- Reduce the personal income tax rate.
Senators Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) and Representative Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) are co-sponsoring the legislation. Sen. Hass admitted the bills are “intended to keep the discussion going,” although there is little chance they will be passed this year.
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