ORS 305.155¹
Cancellation of uncollectible tax
  • filing order
  • releasing liens

(1) The Department of Revenue shall cancel an unpaid tax imposed by laws of the State of Oregon that is collected by the department, including any penalty or interest applicable to the tax, if the department determines that:

(a) The tax has been delinquent for seven or more years;

(b) All reasonable efforts have been made to effect collection;

(c) The taxpayer cannot be located or is dead; and

(d) The tax is wholly uncollectible.

(2) The department may cancel any tax imposed by laws of the State of Oregon that is collected by the department or any portion of the tax assessed against a person, including any penalty and interest that has not been collected, if the department determines that the administration and collection costs involved would exceed the amount that can reasonably be expected to be recovered.

(3) When taxes are canceled under subsection (1) or (2) of this section, the department shall make an order canceling the tax, penalties and interest. The order shall be filed in the records of the department. Upon making the order, the department also shall cause to be canceled or released any lien of record in the counties that may have been filed and entered therein. [1965 c.293 §2; 1973 c.402 §5; 1989 c.934 §2; 2003 c.46 §2]

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Notes of Decisions

Policy of efficient and effective tax collec­tion makes doctrine of estoppel against govern­ment in tax cases one of rare applica­tion. Pacific Conference v. Dept. of Rev., 7 OTR 429 (1978)

Law Review Cita­tions

9 WLJ 193-260 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 305—Administration of Revenue and Tax Laws; Appeals, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors305.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 305, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­305ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information