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Move Across State Lines for $40 a Month?

Oregon's Taxes Should Make Little Difference to Workers' Decisions

By Chuck Sheketoff

Say that you’re the sole breadwinner for your family and you earn $100,000 a year in Oregon. Would you pack your belongings and move your family north to Washington for a $40 monthly raise? It’s hard to imagine.

That is why any Oregon business worried that it might lose employees to firms in Washington or other states, or have better employee retention if the company relocates outside Oregon, can rest assured. Generally, taxes matter little, if at all, when it comes to where people choose to locate. And Oregon’s tax structure in particular should make little difference to workers on whether to stay or go.

Posted in Income, State tax.
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What's the Federal Poverty Level for 2014? The federal government has released the 2013 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, better known as the "federal poverty level." Oregon uses the guidelines to determine eligibility for some public assistance programs, such as the Oregon Health Plan. See the new guidelines.

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Income inequality in Oregon. The past three decades in Oregon, as elsewhere, are in large measure a story of surging income inequality. As the income of the fortunate few at the top has soared, the income of most Oregonians has stagnated or declined. If many Oregonians feel that they are struggling to keep up or falling behind, it is because they are. See these seven charts.

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In the 2013-15 budget cycle Oregon will lose an estimated $164.9 million in revenue collections as a result of single sales factor apportionment -- a tax break that benefits multi-state corporations with a significant payroll and property in Oregon. That amount represents a $35 million (27 percent) increase from the cost of single sales factor apportionment in 2011-13. Read more.

 

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