ORS 314.610¹
Definitions for ORS 314.605 to 314.675

As used in ORS 314.605 (Short title) to 314.675 (Apportionment of net loss), unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Business income" means income arising from transactions and activity in the regular course of the taxpayer’s trade or business and includes income from tangible and intangible property if the acquisition, the management, use or rental, and the disposition of the property constitute integral parts of the taxpayer’s regular trade or business operations.

(2) "Commercial domicile" means the principal place from which the trade or business of the taxpayer is directed or managed.

(3) "Compensation" means wages, salaries, commissions and any other form of remuneration paid to employees for personal services.

(4) "Financial organization" means any financial institution or trust company, as those terms are defined in ORS 706.008 (Additional definitions for Bank Act), any industrial bank, land bank, safe deposit company, private banker, cooperative bank, investment company, or any type of insurance company.

(5) "Nonbusiness income" means all income other than business income.

(6) "Public utility" means any business entity whose principal business is ownership and operation for public use of any plant, equipment, property, franchise, or license for the transmission of communications, transportation of goods or persons, or the production, storage, transmission, sale, delivery, or furnishing of electricity, water, steam, oil, oil products or gas.

(7) "Sales" means all gross receipts of the taxpayer not allocated under ORS 314.615 (When allocation of income from business activity required) to 314.645 (Allocation to this state of patent and copyright royalties).

(8) "State" means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, and any foreign country or political subdivision thereof. [1965 c.152 §2; 1997 c.631 §452]

Notes of Decisions

Interest income obtained from funds held in trust for plaintiff's customers by plaintiff was income arising from transac­tions in regular course of taxpayer's trade or business under this sec­tion. Gelderman and Company, Inc. v. Dept. of Rev., 10 OTR 249 (1985)

Where business asset is involuntarily converted, whether compensa­tion paid for conversion is "business income" depends on taxpayer's disposi­tion of compensa­tion. Simpson Timber Company v. Dept. of Revenue, 13 OTR 315 (1995), aff'd 326 Or 370, 953 P2d 366 (1998)

Interest received as delay compensa­tion for involuntary conversion of business asset is "business income." Simpson Timber Company v. Dept. of Revenue, 13 OTR 315 (1995), aff'd 326 Or 370, 953 P2d 366 (1998)

Whether income arises from transac­tions and activities in regular course of business and whether income from prop­erty is integral part of taxpayer's regular trade or business are separately applied tests for identifying business income. Pennzoil Co. v. Dept. of Revenue, 15 OTR 101 (2000), aff'd 332 Or 542, 33 P3d 314 (2001)

Notes of Decisions

Interest income from long-term invest­ments of an interstate corpora­tion is not attributable to Oregon unless it arises from transac­tions in the regular course of the taxpayer's business within the state. Sperry & Hutchinson v. Dept. of Rev., 270 Or 329, 527 P2d 729 (1974)

It was not abuse of discre­tion for Revenue Depart­ment to require corpora­tions to file combined rather than consolidated corporate excise tax returns where one corpora­tion owned at least 95 percent of voting stock of other. Caterpillar Tractor Co. v. Dept. of Rev., 8 OTR 236 (1979), aff'd 289 Or 895, 618 P2d 1261 (1980)

The Supremacy Clause gives Congress the authority to impose a brief moratorium on the collec­tion of taxes for "insured depositories" in order to permit the develop­ment of a uniform state taxing system. Pac. First Fed. Savings & Loan v. Dept. of Revenue, 8 OTR 466 (1980), aff'd 293 Or 138, 645 P2d 27 (1982)

Plaintiff's use of appor­tion­ment method was proper because separate accounting would not fairly represent extent of plaintiff's business activities in Oregon. Lane v. Dept. of Rev., 10 OTR 168 (1985)

Intangible drilling and develop­ment costs (IDCs) should be included in prop­erty factor for purposes of appor­tioning income to Oregon. Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Dept. of Rev., 301 Or 242, 722 P2d 727 (1986)

Exclusion of intangible prop­erty from formula to determine Oregon business income of California financial organiza­tion engaged in owning, leasing and financing tangible per­sonal prop­erty did not represent fair appor­tion­ment of taxpayer's business ac­tivity in Oregon. Crocker Equip­ment Leasing, Inc. v. Dept. of Rev., 314 Or 122, 838 P2d 552 (1992)

Law Review Cita­tions

17 WLR 487 (1981)

Chapter 314

Law Review Cita­tions

9 WLJ 249 (1973); 5 EL 516 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 314—Taxes Imposed Upon or Measured by Net Income, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors314.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 314, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­314ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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