2007 ORS 317.705¹

As used in ORS 317.705 (Definitions) to 317.715 (Tax return of corporation in affiliated group making consolidated federal return):

(1) "Affiliated group" means an affiliated group of corporations as defined in section 1504 of the Internal Revenue Code.

(2) "Unitary group" means a corporation or group of corporations engaged in business activities that constitute a unitary business.

(3)(a) "Unitary business" means a business enterprise in which there exists directly or indirectly between the members or parts of the enterprise a sharing or exchange of value as demonstrated by:

(A) Centralized management or a common executive force;

(B) Centralized administrative services or functions resulting in economies of scale; or

(C) Flow of goods, capital resources or services demonstrating functional integration.

(b) "Unitary business" may include, but is not limited to, a business enterprise the activities of which:

(A) Are in the same general line of business (such as manufacturing, wholesaling or retailing); or

(B) Constitute steps in a vertically integrated process (such as the steps involved in the production of natural resources, which might include exploration, mining, refining and marketing).

(c) Whether two or more corporations that are included in the same consolidated federal return are engaged in a unitary business may be determined by making reference to corporations that are doing business in the United States and are subject to federal income taxation, whether or not those corporations are includable in the consolidated return. No other corporations may be taken into consideration in making such a determination, except in a case in which the transactions or relationships between such corporations are made in an attempt to evade or avoid taxation. [1984 c.1 §4; 1985 c.802 §30a; 1997 c.325 §45; 2007 c.323 §1]

Note: See note under 317.479 (Limitation on use of preacquisition losses to offset built-in gain).

Notes of Decisions

Broadcasting and cable television businesses are not unified to de­gree re­quired to be treated as single business, but cable subsidiary is part of unitary group headed by communica­tion company. Cox Cablevision Corp. v. Dept. of Rev., 12 OTR 219 (1992)

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Notes of Decisions

Congress is empowered by Commerce Clause, U.S. Const. Art. I, Sec­tion VIII, to place three year moratorium on "doing business" taxes imposed by states on federally insured savings and loan associa­tions which do not have their principal place of business in taxing state. Pac. First Fed. Savings & Loan v. Dept. of Rev., 293 Or 138, 645 P2d 27 (1982)

For purposes of claim preclusion, all issues re­gard­ing taxpayer's corporate excise tax liability for tax year constitute same claim. U.S. Bancorp v. Dept. of Revenue, 15 OTR 13 (1999)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 317—Corporation Excise Tax, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­317.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 317, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­317ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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