ORS 315.643¹
Opportunity Grant contributions
  • auction of tax credits
  • certification
  • rules

(1) A credit against the taxes that are otherwise due under ORS chapter 316 or, if the taxpayer is a corporation, under ORS chapter 317 or 318, is allowed to a taxpayer for certified Opportunity Grant contributions made by the taxpayer during the tax year to the Opportunity Grant Fund established under ORS 348.266 (Opportunity Grant Fund).

(2)(a) The Department of Revenue shall, in cooperation with the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, conduct an auction of tax credits under this section. The auction may be conducted no later than April 15 following December 31 of any tax year for which the credit is allowed. The department may conduct the auction in the manner that it determines is best suited to maximize the return to the state on the sale of tax credit certifications and shall announce a reserve bid prior to conducting the auction. The reserve amount shall be at least 90 percent of the total amount of the tax credit. Moneys necessary to reimburse the department for the actual costs incurred by the department in administering an auction, not to exceed 0.25 percent of auction proceeds, are continuously appropriated to the department. Moneys necessary to reimburse the commission for the actual costs incurred by the commission in administering an auction, not to exceed 0.25 percent of auction proceeds, are continuously appropriated to the commission. The department shall deposit net receipts from the auction required under this section in the Opportunity Grant Fund.

(b) The commission may adopt rules necessary for the administration of the auction.

(3) Contributions made under this section shall be deposited in the Opportunity Grant Fund.

(4)(a) Upon receipt of a contribution, the commission shall, except as provided in ORS 315.646 (Funding in lieu of tax credit certification), issue to the taxpayer written certification of the amount certified for tax credit under this section to the extent the amount certified for tax credit, when added to all amounts previously certified for tax credit under this section, does not exceed $14 million for the fiscal year in which certification is made.

(b) The commission and the department are not liable, and a refund of a contributed amount need not be made, if a taxpayer that has received tax credit certification is unable to use all or a portion of the tax credit to offset the tax liability of the taxpayer.

(5) To the extent the commission does not certify contributed amounts as eligible for a tax credit under this section, the taxpayer may request a refund of the amount the taxpayer contributed, and the commission shall refund that amount.

(6)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, a tax credit claimed under this section may not exceed the tax liability of the taxpayer and may not be carried over to another tax year.

(b) Any tax credit otherwise allowable under this section that is not used by the taxpayer in a particular tax year may be carried forward and offset against the taxpayer’s tax liability for the next succeeding tax year. Any credit remaining unused in the next succeeding tax year may be carried forward and used in the second succeeding tax year, and likewise, any credit not used in that second succeeding tax year may be carried forward and used in the third succeeding tax year but may not be carried forward for any tax year thereafter.

(c) A taxpayer is not eligible for a tax credit under this section if the first tax year for which the credit would otherwise be allowed begins on or after January 1, 2024.

(7) If a tax credit is claimed under this section by a nonresident or part-year resident taxpayer, the amount shall be allowed without proration under ORS 316.117 (Proration between Oregon income and other income for nonresidents, part-year residents and trusts).

(8) If the amount of contribution for which a tax credit certification is made is allowed as a deduction for federal tax purposes, the amount of the contribution shall be added to federal taxable income for Oregon tax purposes. [2018 c.108 §2; 2019 c.370 §2]

Note: Section 6, chapter 108, Oregon Laws 2018, provides:

Sec. 6. Sections 2 [315.643 (Opportunity Grant contributions)], 3 [315.646 (Funding in lieu of tax credit certification)] and 5 [348.267 (Marketing of tax credit)] of this 2018 Act apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2024. [2018 c.108 §6]

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 315, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano315.­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. Currency Information