2007 ORS 308.250¹
Valuation and assessment of personal property
  • cancellation of assessment and short form return in certain cases
  • verified statements

(1) All personal property not exempt from ad valorem taxation or subject to special assessment shall be valued at 100 percent of its real market value, as of January 1, at 1:00 a.m. and shall be assessed at its assessed value determined as provided in ORS 308.146 (Determination of maximum assessed value and assessed value).

(2) If the total assessed value of all taxable personal property required to be reported under ORS 308.290 (Returns) in any county of any taxpayer is less than $12,500 in any assessment year, the county assessor shall cancel the ad valorem tax assessment for that year.

(3) In any assessment year or years following an assessment year for which taxes are canceled under subsection (2) of this section, the taxpayer may meet the requirements of ORS 308.290 (Returns) by filing, within the time required or extended under ORS 308.290 (Returns), a verified statement with the county assessor indicating that the total assessed value of all taxable personal property of the taxpayer required to be reported under ORS 308.290 (Returns) in the county is less than $12,500. The statement shall contain the name and address of the taxpayer, the information needed to identify the account and other pertinent information, but shall not be required to contain a listing or value of property or property additions or retirements.

(4)(a) For each tax year beginning on or after July 1, 2003, the Department of Revenue shall recompute the maximum amount of the assessed value of taxable personal property for which ad valorem property taxes may be canceled under this section. The computation shall be as follows:

(A) Divide the average U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for the prior calendar year by the average U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for 2002.

(B) Recompute the maximum amount of assessed value for which taxes may be canceled by multiplying $12,500 by the appropriate indexing factor determined as provided in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.

(b) As used in this subsection, "U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index" means the U.S. City Average Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (All Items) as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor.

(c) If any change in the maximum amount of assessed value determined under paragraph (a) of this subsection is not a multiple of $500, the increase shall be rounded to the nearest multiple of $500. [Amended by 1953 c.349 §3; 1959 c.553 §1; 1965 c.429 §3; 1971 c.529 §34; 1971 c.610 §1; 1973 c.62 §1; 1979 c.529 §3; 1979 c.692 §4; 1981 c.804 §41; 1985 c.422 §1; 1985 c.613 §9; 1991 c.459 §101; 1993 c.813 §1; 1995 c.513 §4; 1997 c.541 §163; 1997 c.819 §1; 2001 c.479 §1; 2003 c.63 §1; 2007 c.613 §2]

Note: Section 3, chapter 613, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 3. The amendments to ORS 308.250 (Valuation and assessment of personal property) and 308.290 (Returns) by sections 1a and 2 of this 2007 Act apply to returns filed for property tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2008. [2007 c.613 §3; 2007 c.613 §3a]

Notes of Decisions

Even if there were precedent for allowing doctrine of equitable estoppel to be invoked against govern­mental unit on basis of oral communica­tion over telephone by unknown per­son allegedly associated with govern­mental body, one cannot obtain through estoppel tax exemp­tion not provided by statute. Proud Truck Sales, Inc. v. Dept. of Rev., 4 OTR 566 (1971)

Require­ment of "sufficient docu­mentary proof" for exemp­tion under this sec­tion was not met where dealer mailed mere list of names and addresses of per­sons to whom he had sold mobile homes prior to May 1st without attach­ment to list of copies of contracts of sale, bills of sale or other forms of proof. Byer v. Dept. of Rev., 7 OTR 172 (1977)

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Notes of Decisions

Programs administered by Depart­ment of Revenue that allow preferential assess­ment for farm and forestland are not "programs affecting land use" and are not subject to require­ment of statewide goal and local comprehensive plan compliance under ORS 197.180 (State agency planning responsibilities). Springer v. LCDC, 111 Or App 262, 826 P2d 54 (1992), Sup Ct review denied

Atty. Gen. Opinions

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 308—Assessment of Property for Taxation, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­308.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 308, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­308ano.­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.