ORS 307.020¹
Definition of "personal property"
  • inapplicability to certain utilities

(1) As used in the property tax laws of this state, unless otherwise specifically provided:

(a) "Intangible personal property" or "intangibles" includes but is not limited to:

(A) Money at interest, bonds, notes, claims, demands and all other evidences of indebtedness, secured or unsecured, including notes, bonds or certificates secured by mortgages.

(B) All shares of stock in corporations, joint stock companies or associations.

(C) Media constituting business records, computer software, files, records of accounts, title records, surveys, designs, credit references, and data contained therein. "Media" includes, but is not limited to, paper, film, punch cards, magnetic tape and disk storage.

(D) Goodwill.

(E) Customer lists.

(F) Contracts and contract rights.

(G) Patents, trademarks and copyrights.

(H) Assembled labor force.

(I) Trade secrets.

(b) "Personal property" means "tangible personal property."

(c) "Tangible personal property" includes but is not limited to all chattels and movables, such as boats and vessels, merchandise and stock in trade, furniture and personal effects, goods, livestock, vehicles, farming implements, movable machinery, movable tools and movable equipment.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any person, company, corporation or association covered by ORS 308.505 (Definitions for ORS 308.505 to 308.665) to 308.665 (Railroad car exemption). [Amended by 1959 c.82 §1; 1977 c.602 §1; 1993 c.353 §1; 1997 c.154 §27; 2005 c.94 §30]

Notes of Decisions

Legislature intended that exemp­tion from ad valorem taxes now codified in ORS 307.400 (Inventory) apply only to category of tangible per­sonal prop­erty defined in this sec­tion. Saunders v. Depart­ment of Revenue, 300 Or 384, 711 P2d 961 (1985)

Chapter 307

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Validity of ad valorem and severance taxa­tion of logs destined for export, (1975) Vol 37, p 427; applica­tion of Article XI, sec­tion 11b of Oregon Constitu­tion to this chapter, (1990) Vol 46, p 388

Law Review Cita­tions

5 EL 516 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 307—Property Subject to Taxation; Exemptions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors307.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 307, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­307ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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