ORS 657.515¹
Delinquent taxes
  • interest
  • civil penalties
  • collection by civil action
  • settlement

(1) If an employer defaults with respect to any payment required to be made by the employer to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, the taxes at any time due, together with interest thereon and penalties, shall be collected by the Director of the Employment Department in a civil action against such employer brought in the name of the director and judgment rendered thereon shall bear interest at the rate provided in subsection (2) of this section. Such employer’s compliance with this chapter, requiring payments to be made to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, shall date from the time said money was collected. The amount of taxes collected shall be paid into the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The amount of interest, penalties and fines collected pursuant to this subsection shall be paid to the Employment Department Special Administrative Fund in accordance with the provisions of ORS 657.830 (State Treasurer as custodian of funds) (3).

(2) Interest upon the amount due from an employer shall be paid and shall be collected, at the same time payment of taxes is required to be made by such employer to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund at the rate of one and one-half percent per month from the date prescribed for the payment to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. In computing such interest, a fraction of a month shall be counted as a full month.

(3) If any employer fails to make payment of taxes required by this chapter at the time prescribed by the director for the payment thereof, such employer shall be in default.

(4) If any employer who is in default with respect to payment of any taxes fails to make payment thereof within 10 days after written demand therefor has been made by the director, such employer shall be subject, in the discretion of the director, to a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of such taxes. A demand for payment shall be deemed to have been made when deposited in the mail addressed to such employer at the employer’s last-known address as shown by the records of the director.

(5) If any part of any deficiency is due to fraud with intent to avoid payment of taxes to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, then 50 percent of the total amount of the deficiency, in addition to such deficiency, shall be assessed, collected and paid in the same manner as if it were a deficiency and shall be paid into the Employment Department Special Administrative Fund pursuant to this section and ORS 657.822 (Employment Department Special Administrative Fund).

(6) Civil actions brought in the name of the director under this section to collect taxes, interest or penalties from an employer, shall be entitled to preference upon the calendar over all civil cases which involve only private parties.

(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, if the director finds that the total interest collectible on any delinquent account is in excess of 25 percent of the principal and that an employer or former employer, who no longer conducts an active business, has insufficient net assets to pay the full amount of all taxes, interest or penalties that may be due and where such employer or former employer can pay some but not all of such amount, the director may agree to accept any amount the director finds reasonable under the circumstances, as consideration for the settlement of the full amount of taxes, interest or penalties due. Whenever such an agreement is made a written record signed by the director shall be maintained in the files of the director. Such records shall set forth:

(a) The name of the taxpayer against whom the liability was assessed;

(b) The amount of the assessed liability;

(c) The amount of the liability paid;

(d) The amount of the liability canceled or waived;

(e) A sworn statement of the taxpayer or personal representative setting forth the complete financial responsibility of the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s estate, and containing a full disclosure of all matters bearing upon the ability of the taxpayer or estate to pay the full amount of the liability assessed; and

(f) The written recommendation of an assistant to the Attorney General assigned to the director that the liability be reduced in the amount shown by the record.

(8) A full and true copy of the record of each such agreement and settlement as provided in subsection (7) of this section shall be filed by the director with the Secretary of State as a public record.

(9) The amount of any settlement reached pursuant to this section shall be first credited to the taxes due from such employer until the principal amount of taxes due has been satisfied and shall be deposited in the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. [Amended by 1959 c.598 §1; 1963 c.390 §1; 1965 c.359 §5; 1977 c.538 §10; 1981 c.29 §1]

Notes of Decisions

Where nonprofit religious organiza­tion engaged in work for profit, subjecting itself to unemploy­ment tax liability, interest on amount due ran from time subject employ­ment occurred rather than from time division af­firm­a­tively declared that employ­ment was subject to taxa­tion. Shiloh Youth Revival Center v. Emp. Div., 44 Or App 81, 605 P2d 704 (1980)

Chapter 657

Notes of Decisions

An individual who performs services for remunera­tion is an employee, and per­son or organiza­tion for whom services are performed is an employer under terms of Employ­ment Division Law even if remunera­tion is paid indirectly rather than directly unless employer shows that some statutory exclusion applies. Lectro Lift, Inc. v. Morgan, 14 Or App 316, 513 P2d 526 (1973)

Mere act of incorporating as professional corpora­tion does not, by itself, create employer-employee rela­tionship for purposes of this chapter. Peterson v. Employ­ment Division, 82 Or App 371, 728 P2d 95 (1986)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Determining employer of musicians' group, (1972) Vol 35, p 1306

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 657—Unemployment Insurance, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors657.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 657, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­657ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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