2017 ORS 311.695¹
Joint and several liability of transferees for deferral amounts

(1) A transferee of a homestead who is ineligible to claim, or does not claim, deferral under ORS 311.666 (Definitions for ORS 311.666 to 311.701) to 311.701 (Senior Property Tax Deferral Revolving Account), or that is not an individual, is jointly and severally liable for amounts payable under ORS 311.686 (Time for payments) to the extent of the positive amount, if any, remaining after subtracting the amount of all liens prior to the Department of Revenue’s liens for deferred taxes arising under ORS 311.673 (State liens against tax-deferred property) or 311.679 (Estimate of deferred taxes) from the real market value of the homestead entered on the last certified assessment and tax roll prior to the date of the transfer.

(2) The department shall issue by mail a notice of liability to a transferee after deferred amounts for which the transferee is liable under this section become payable under ORS 311.686 (Time for payments).

(3)(a) Within 30 days after the department mails the notice of liability required under subsection (2) of this section, the transferee:

(A) Shall pay the deferred amounts, plus interest, the cost of insurance purchased pursuant to ORS 311.670 (Eligibility of property) (4)(b) and fees; or

(B)(i) Shall notify the department in writing of objections to the notice of liability; and

(ii) May request a conference. The provisions of ORS 305.265 (Deficiency notice) governing a conference requested relating to a notice of deficiency apply to a conference requested under this sub-subparagraph.

(b) If the department does not receive payment or written objection to the notice of liability within 30 days after the notice has been mailed, the notice of liability becomes final.

(c) A transferee may appeal the notice of liability to the tax court in the manner provided for an appeal from a notice of assessment within 90 days after the notice becomes final under this subsection.

(4)(a) After a conference, or, if no conference is requested, a determination of the issues raised by the written objections, the department shall mail to the transferee a conference letter affirming, canceling or adjusting the notice of liability.

(b) Within 90 days after the date on which the conference letter is mailed to the transferee, the transferee shall pay the deferred amounts, plus interest, the cost of insurance purchased pursuant to ORS 311.670 (Eligibility of property) (4)(b) and fees, or appeal to the tax court in the manner provided for an appeal from a notice of assessment.

(5)(a) If more than one transferee may be held jointly and severally liable for payment of deferred amounts under this section, the department may require any or all of the transferees who may be held liable to appear before the department for a joint determination of liability. The department shall notify each transferee of the time and place set for the determination of liability.

(b) Each transferee notified of a joint determination under this subsection shall appear and present such information as is necessary to establish that person’s liability or nonliability for payment of deferred amounts to the department. If any person notified fails to appear, the department shall make its determination on the basis of all the information and evidence presented. The department’s determination shall be binding on all persons notified and required to appear under this subsection.

(c)(A) If an appeal is taken to the Oregon Tax Court pursuant to ORS 305.404 (Oregon Tax Court) to 305.560 (Appeals procedure generally) by any transferee determined to be liable for deferred amounts under this subsection, each person required to appear before the department under this subsection shall be impleaded by the plaintiff. The department may implead any transferee who may be held jointly and severally liable for the payment of deferred amounts. Each person impleaded under this paragraph shall be made a party to the action before the tax court and shall make available to the tax court such information as was presented before the department, as well as such other information as may be presented to the court.

(B) The court may determine that one or more persons impleaded under this paragraph are liable for deferred amounts without regard to any earlier determination by the department that an impleaded person was not liable for deferred amounts.

(C) If any person required to appear before the court under this subsection fails or refuses to appear or bring such information in part or in whole, or is outside the jurisdiction of the tax court, the court shall make its determination on the basis of all the evidence introduced. All such evidence shall constitute a public record and shall be available to the parties and the court. The determination of the tax court shall be binding on all persons made parties to the action under this subsection.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude a determination by the department or the Oregon Tax Court that more than one transferee is jointly and severally liable for deferred amounts. [1983 c.550 §7; 2011 c.723 §14; 2013 c.31 §5; 2015 c.309 §8]

Notes of Decisions

Neither ORS 306.115 (General supervision over property tax system), 311.205 (Correcting errors or omissions in rolls) nor 307.475 (Hardship relief for failure to file for exemption, cancellation of assessment or redetermination of value) authorize Depart­ment of Revenue to override filing require­ments of these sec­tions. Phelps v. Dept. of Rev., 10 OTR 162 (1985)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Participa­tion in program by mortgagors and mortgagees when a Federal Housing Administra­tion insured loan is involved, (1976) Vol 38, p 326

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Law Review Cita­tions

5 EL 516 (1975)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 311—Collection of Property Taxes, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors311.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 311, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano311.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.