2017 ORS 315.613¹
Credit available to persons providing rural medical care and affiliated with certain rural hospitals

(1) An annual credit against the taxes otherwise due under ORS chapter 316 shall be allowed to a resident or nonresident individual who is:

(a) Certified as eligible under ORS 442.563 (Certifying certain individuals providing rural health care for tax credit);

(b) Licensed under ORS chapter 677;

(c) Engaged in the practice of medicine, and engaged for at least 20 hours per week, averaged over the month, during the tax year in a rural practice; and

(d) Has adjusted gross income not in excess of $300,000 for the tax year. The limitation in this paragraph does not apply to a physician who practices as a general surgeon, specializes in obstetrics or specializes in family or general practice and provides obstetrical services.

(2) The amount of credit allowed shall be based on the distance from a major population center in a qualified metropolitan statistical area at which the taxpayer maintains a practice or hospital membership:

(a) If at least 10 miles but fewer than 20 miles, $3,000.

(b) If at least 20 miles but fewer than 50 miles, $4,000.

(c) If 50 or more miles, $5,000.

(3) The credit shall be allowed during the time in which the individual retains such practice and membership if the individual is actively practicing in and is a member of the medical staff of one of the following hospitals:

(a) A type A hospital designated as such by the Office of Rural Health;

(b) A type B hospital designated as such by the Office of Rural Health if the hospital is:

(A) Not within the boundaries of a metropolitan statistical area;

(B) Located 30 or more miles from the closest hospital within the major population center in a metropolitan statistical area; or

(C) Located in a county with a population of less than 75,000;

(c) A type C rural hospital, if the Office of Rural Health makes the findings required by ORS 315.619 (Credit for medical staff at type C hospital);

(d) A rural hospital that was designated a rural referral center by the federal government before January 1, 1989, and that serves a community with a population of at least 14,000 but not more than 19,000; or

(e) A rural critical access hospital.

(4) In order to claim the credit allowed under this section, the individual must remain willing during the tax year to serve patients with Medicare coverage and patients receiving medical assistance in at least the same proportion to the individual’s total number of patients as the Medicare and medical assistance populations represent of the total number of persons determined by the Office of Rural Health to be in need of care in the county served by the practice, not to exceed 20 percent Medicare patients or 15 percent medical assistance patients.

(5) A nonresident individual shall be allowed the credit under this section in the proportion provided in ORS 316.117 (Proration between Oregon income and other income for nonresidents, part-year residents and trusts). If a change in the status of a taxpayer from resident to nonresident or from nonresident to resident occurs, the credit allowed by this section shall be determined in a manner consistent with ORS 316.117 (Proration between Oregon income and other income for nonresidents, part-year residents and trusts).

(6) For purposes of this section, an “individual’s practice” shall be determined on the basis of actual time spent in practice each week in hours or days, whichever is considered by the Office of Rural Health to be more appropriate. In the case of a shareholder of a corporation or a member of a partnership, only the time of the individual shareholder or partner shall be considered and the full amount of the credit shall be allowed to each shareholder or partner who qualifies in an individual capacity.

(7) As used in this section:

(a) “Qualified metropolitan statistical area” means only those counties of a metropolitan statistical area that are located in Oregon if the largest city within the metropolitan statistical area is located in Oregon.

(b) “Rural critical access hospital” means a facility that meets the criteria set forth in 42 U.S.C. 1395i-4 (c)(2)(B) and that has been designated a critical access hospital by the Office of Rural Health and the Oregon Health Authority.

(c) “Type A hospital,” “type B hospital” and “type C hospital” have the meaning for those terms provided in ORS 442.470 (Definitions for ORS 442.470 to 442.507). [Formerly 316.143; 2009 c.595 §205; 2013 c.750 §11; 2015 c.701 §19; 2015 c.829 §7a; 2016 c.29 §1; 2017 c.610 §14]

Note: Section 25, chapter 913, Oregon Laws 2009, provides:

Sec. 25. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, a credit may not be claimed under ORS 315.613 (Credit available to persons providing rural medical care and affiliated with certain rural hospitals) for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2022.

(2) A taxpayer who meets the eligibility requirements in ORS 315.613 (Credit available to persons providing rural medical care and affiliated with certain rural hospitals) for the tax year beginning on or after January 1, 2021, and before January 1, 2022, shall be allowed the credit under ORS 315.613 (Credit available to persons providing rural medical care and affiliated with certain rural hospitals) for any tax year:

(a) That begins on or before January 1, 2031; and

(b) For which the taxpayer meets the eligibility requirements of ORS 315.613 (Credit available to persons providing rural medical care and affiliated with certain rural hospitals).

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section, a taxpayer may not during the taxpayer’s lifetime claim the credit allowed under this section for more than a total of 10 tax years that begin on or after January 1, 2018. [2009 c.913 §25; 2013 c.750 §10; 2015 c.701 §18; 2015 c.829 §7; 2017 c.610 §13]

Law Review Cita­tions

43 WLR 363 (2007)

Chapter 315

Notes of Decisions

State could not recalculate tax for tax year closed to review in order to prevent elective carry forward of tax credit to tax year subject to review. Smurfit Newsprint Corp. v. Dept. of Revenue, 329 Or 591, 997 P2d 185 (2000)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 315—Personal and Corporate Income or Excise Tax Credits, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors315.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 315, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano315.­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.