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Tax Facts That Matter: 2014 Edition

Who pays more, low- or high-income households?

The income group in Oregon who pays the highest share of their income to state and local taxes: Lowest-income households.[1]

The income group in Oregon who pays the lowest share of their income to state and local taxes: Highest-income households.[2]

Have taxes increased as a share of Oregonians’ income?

Oregon state and local general revenue as a share of income in 1991: 15.8 percent.[3]

Oregon state and local general revenue as a share of income in 2011: 15.5 percent.[4]

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Close the Con-way Loophole that Allows Corporations to Pay No Taxes

While Oregon children sit in overcrowded classrooms and college students face unaffordable tuition, some corporations with millions in profits and sales collected in Oregon pay no income taxes. That’s wrong.

While middle class families pay their income taxes to support the common good, some profitable corporations pay no income taxes. That’s wrong.

And these corporations pay nothing despite the fact that Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved a corporate minimum tax. That’s wrong.

That’s why OCPP is launching this petition asking the Oregon legislature to “close the Con-way Loophole” that allows profitable corporations to pay no income taxes.

fact that matters iconFact that Matters

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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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.

Oregon's economic performance. If economic growth alone determined the well-being of a state’s inhabitants, all Oregonians would be thriving. Relative to the rest of the nation, Oregon’s economy has performed exceptionally well for over a decade. See these seven charts.

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.

Visit our View of the State of Working Oregon to learn more.

See more issues in focus.

fact that matters iconFact that Matters

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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