ORS 314.671¹
Qualifying investment contract
  • duration
  • remedies

(1) The Governor, in consultation with the Director of the Oregon Business Development Department and the Director of the Department of Revenue, may enter into, on behalf of the State of Oregon, a qualifying investment contract with any taxpayer according to the provisions of ORS 314.668 (Definitions) to 314.673 (Rules).

(2) Any contract executed pursuant to subsection (1) of this section on or after December 14, 2012, and before March 15, 2013, that meets the requirements of a qualifying investment contract is ratified by ORS 314.668 (Definitions) to 314.673 (Rules).

(3) A taxpayer may not satisfy the requirement that a qualifying investment result in an increase in the number of employees of the taxpayer by gain of another entity’s existing Oregon employees through a merger or acquisition of any portion of that entity.

(4) A qualifying investment contract executed under ORS 314.668 (Definitions) to 314.673 (Rules) may not be less than five years’ duration and may not exceed 30 years’ duration.

(5) The obligations of the State of Oregon under a qualifying investment contract:

(a) Include the promise of this state that, if the taxpayer commences a qualifying investment, the taxpayer’s Oregon corporate tax liability may not exceed the amount the taxpayer would pay or owe under the single sales factor method for each tax year that ends during the term of the qualifying investment contract; and

(b) May not be abridged, impaired, limited or modified by any subsequent law.

(6) If a taxpayer that has executed a qualifying investment contract files a report or return with the Department of Revenue for a tax year ending during the term of the qualifying investment contract and reporting personal income taxes or corporate excise or income taxes imposed under ORS chapter 316, 317 or 318, that are determined in whole or part by apportioning income using the single sales factor method, the department may not assess a deficiency against the taxpayer that is attributable to the use of a different method of apportionment.

(7) An action for a breach of a qualifying investment contract may be brought against the State of Oregon.

(8) The sole and exclusive remedies for the State of Oregon in an action for breach of a qualifying investment contract brought by the state shall be:

(a) A judgment rescinding the qualifying investment contract; and

(b) A judgment awarding an amount equal to the difference, if any, between:

(A) The amount of taxes due from the taxpayer under the single sales factor method from the date of breach through termination of the qualifying investment contract; and

(B) The amount of taxes due from the taxpayer during the same period using the method of apportioning income:

(i) Under the tax laws that would have applied to the taxpayer but for the qualifying investment contract; or

(ii) Identified in the judgment as fairly representing the extent of the taxpayer’s business activity in this state. [2012 s.s. c.1 §5; 2017 c.43 §8]

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/­ors/­ors314.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 314, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano314.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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.
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