2015 ORS 316.690¹
Foreign income taxes

(1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, in addition to other modifications provided in this chapter, and if a taxpayer elects to take foreign income taxes imposed for the taxable year by a foreign country as a credit on the federal income tax return or does not itemize personal deductions on the federal income tax return, there shall be subtracted from federal taxable income in the computation of state taxable income the amount of foreign income taxes imposed for the taxable year by a foreign country.

(2) The deduction for foreign country income taxes provided by this section shall be limited as follows:

(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, the sum of foreign country income taxes deducted in computing state taxable income and the modification for federal income taxes authorized by ORS 316.680 (Modification of taxable income) (1)(b) as limited by ORS 316.695 (Additional modifications of taxable income) (3) shall not exceed $3,000.

(b) In the case of spouses in a marriage filing separate tax returns, the sum described in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be limited to $1,500. [Formerly 316.071; 1985 c.345 §8; 1987 c.293 §24a; 2015 c.629 §45]

Notes of Decisions

This sec­tion, which formed basis for defendant's denial of plaintiff's deduc­tion of foreign taxes as business expenses on Oregon income tax returns, was constitu­tional and did not result in double taxa­tion. Whipple v. Dept. of Rev., 11 OTR 117 (1988), aff'd 309 Or 422, 788 P2d 994 (1990)

No state or federal constitu­tional pro­vi­sion or treaty requires Depart­ment of Revenue to allow deduc­tion for foreign taxes greater than deduc­tion allowed by this sec­tion. Whipple v. Dept. of Rev., 309 Or 422, 788 P2d 994 (1990)

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Notes of Decisions

Unless the divorce decree specifically designates that pay­ments are for child support, pay­ments will be treated as alimony. Henderson v. Dept. of Rev., 5 OTR 153 (1972)

The goal of this chapter is to incorporate all of the pro­vi­sions of the federal Internal Revenue Code; taxable income should be adjusted whenever the result of the adjust­ment is to give effect to the policies or principles of the federal Internal Revenue Code, even though no express authority for the adjust­ment is present in the statutes. Christian v. Dept. of Rev., 269 Or 469, 526 P2d 538 (1974); Smith v. Dept. of Rev., 270 Or 456, 528 P2d 73 (1974)

By its enact­ment of this chapter, the legislature intended to adopt §172 of the federal Internal Revenue Code allowing for the carryback and carryforward of net operating losses. Christian v. Dept. of Rev., 269 Or 469, 526 P2d 538 (1974)

Where plaintiff failed to ap­peal timely as re­quired by this sec­tion, ap­peal rights were not preserved so that cause could be considered on merits. Dela Rosa v. Dept. of Rev., 11 OTR 201 (1989), aff'd 313 Or 284, 832 P2d 1228 (1992)

Where taxpayers paid foreign income taxes on foreign income and claimed foreign taxes paid as federal tax credit and as state business expense deduc­tion, taxpayers who claim federal foreign tax credit are entitled only to foreign tax deduc­tion provided in ORS 316.690 (Foreign income taxes). Whipple v. Dept. of Rev., 309 Or 422, 788 P2d 994 (1990)

For purposes of claim preclusion, all issues re­gard­ing taxpayer's income tax liability for tax year constitute same claim. U.S. Bancorp v. Dept. of Revenue, 15 OTR 13 (1999)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Political contribu­tions as credit against Oregon tax return, (1974) Vol 37, p 159

Law Review Cita­tions

57 OLR 309 (1978); 16 WLR 373 (1979)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 316—Income Tax, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors316.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 316, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano316.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.