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New Payroll Tax Included in Recently Passed Oregon Transportation Bill

Kathie Gedde, CPA

July 14, 2017

Oregon’s House and Senate have recently passed, and Governor Brown is expected to sign, a transportation bill that includes increases to taxes to pay for transportation-related expenditures in Oregon.

One of these taxes is a new Oregon payroll tax of .1% on an Oregon resident employee’s gross wages.  The tax is imposed on all Oregon residents, regardless of where their services are performed.

More details will be forthcoming.  The tax will be withheld from the employee’s wages by the employer.  If an employer fails to withhold the tax, it will be required to pay the tax itself and will additionally be subject to a penalty of $250 per employee (up to a $25,000 maximum) for failure to withhold and remit the tax.

We expect that the effective date will likely be January 1, 2018, but we will update when we hear definitively from the State, along with additional details as they become available.

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