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DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE RELEASES MARIJUANA TAX COLLECTION NUMBERS

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SALEM, Ore.–The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March. Medical marijuana dispensaries started collecting a 25-percent tax on their recreational marijuana sales in January.

Since January, 57 percent of payments were made by appointment and 43 percent were made by mail. There were 320 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in February, as reported by the Oregon Health Authority.

The department would like to remind dispensaries that their first-quarter marijuana tax returns must be postmarked by May 2, 2016. Dispensaries should also remember:

  • Taxes collected for March’s sales are due to the department by May 2.
  • They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
  • Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
  • Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.

Cash payments are only accepted at the department’s main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.

Payment vouchers, quarterly return forms, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish);(503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, [email protected]. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.

Department Of Revenue Releases Marijuana Tax Collection Numbers

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SALEM, Ore.–February was the first month for medical marijuana dispensaries to remit the taxes they collected on their previous month’s recreational marijuana sales. Dispensaries are responsible for collecting a 25-percent tax at the point of sale and remitting it to the Department of Revenue monthly.

Between February 1 and March 4, we posted 253 estimated marijuana tax payments to our system, totaling $3.48 million. Of those payments, 137 were made by appointment and 116 were made by mail. There were 309 dispensaries selling recreational marijuana products in January, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Dispensaries should remember the following about marijuana tax payments:
* Taxes collected for February’s sales are due to the department by March 31.
* They need to register for a tax account before making their first payment.
* Vouchers need to be included with all payments.
* Cash, check, or money order are the only payment options.
* Cash payments are only accepted at the department’s main office in Salem. Appointments are required. Call (503) 945-8050 at least 48 hours in advance to schedule an appointment. Appointment times are limited, so please call early in the month.

Registration forms, payment vouchers, and more information about the marijuana tax program are available at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call 1 (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, [email protected] For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1 (800) 886-7204.

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE POSTS DELINQUENT TAXPAYER NAMES ONLINE

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SALEM, Ore.–Oregon’s top 100 delinquent income taxpayers owe millions in unpaid taxes, and the state is testing a new way to collect that debt.

The Oregon Department of Revenue’s website now features a list of the top delinquent taxpayers for both the personal income tax and income tax withholding programs. “This is a pilot project, testing a new tool to encourage tax compliance and increase collection of delinquent taxes,” said Chris Wytoski, collections manager for the Personal Tax and Compliance Division. “More than 30 states use public posting of delinquent taxpayer information, with positive results,” Wytoski added.

Inclusion in this list isn’t the first step in the collections process. “We tried to resolve these debts with the taxpayers using other collection methods, but they haven’t paid,” Wytoski said.

Once identified as being among the top delinquent taxpayers in Oregon, taxpayers receive a warning notice and have another opportunity to resolve their debt before their information is posted online. The information posted includes the taxpayer’s name, their address, the type of delinquent tax, and the amount of the debt, as shown on the tax warrant recorded by one of Oregon’s 36 counties.

“All of the information we’re posting is pulled from recorded tax warrants and it’s public,” Wytoski said. “We want Oregon’s taxpayers to know that our use of this new collection and compliance tool doesn’t change the level to which we safeguard their personal information, nor does it authorize us to share or post other information.”

The list is generated based on the highest dollar amounts shown on active tax warrants recorded by Oregon’s 36 counties. The amounts shown online may not be the current amount owed to the state, as the recorded amount doesn’t reflect payments made or additional amounts added, such as interest.

Personal income tax is the amount each person owes to the state based on the income earned during the tax year. Taxpayers accrue personal income tax debt when they don’t pay the amount they owe when they file their taxes, or if they don’t file at all. In situations where a taxpayer doesn’t file a return, the department makes an assessment based on information provided on W-2s and 1099s filed by employers.

Income tax withholding is money withheld from employees’ paychecks to cover income tax owed by the employees. Withholding debt is accrued when the employer withholds the money from employees in trust, but doesn’t remit it to the department.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; or call (800) 356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); (503) 378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email, [email protected] For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call (800) 886-7204.

Border Effect, Weed Edition

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The border effect, or the border tax effect, is a very real. Our office has previously written about it regarding sin/vice taxes, retail sales in the Gorge, and a broader look at Oregon-Washington taxes, including an academic paper I, along with my co-author Portland State Prof. Wooster, wrote on retail sales in Washington.

So it comes as no surprise that the different timing of legalized marijuana sales in Washington first and now Oregon also shows a clear border effect. Our friends and counterparts in Washington — the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council — is currently finalizing their latest forecast and included the following graph in their meeting materials. It highlights the drop in cannabis sales in Clark County (Vancouver) relative to the overall statewide trends. The steep drop in Clark County occurred in October 2015, right as recreational sales in Oregon went into effect. As the fine print on the slide says, prior to Oregon sales, Clark County accounted for 12% of Washington sales, but in January Clark County was just 7% of statewide sales.

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The graph brought to mind some very rough, preliminary work I did back in September regarding the border effect on Washington cannabis sales.  With the help of our counterparts, I threw county level sales data into a classic border tax effect model. The overall results were intuitive and make sense [1]. Washington border counties near Portland had a much higher level of sales than their demographic and economic fundamentals along would suggest. If you do the math, this quick and dirty estimate indicates that sales per adult in these border counties were 40-50% higher than otherwise expected.

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In reality, it turns out those were pretty decent estimates. In the months since Oregon recreational sales began, tax collections in the Washington border counties in and around Portland have fallen 35% (data here). These declines are seen in counties from the mouth of the Columbia River (Pacific County across from Astoria) through the Portland MSA and into into the Columbia River Gorge (Klickitat and Skamania Counties across from Cascade Locks, Hood River and The Dalles). At the same time, sales in the Seattle MSA are up 25%, with the rest of Washington increasing 12%. The border counties near Portland are the clear outlier and clearly impacted by the arrival of recreational marijuana sales in Oregon.

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Overall these results are no surprise. The border effect is real and ongoing across the country. Oregon and Washington in particular provide such a natural experiment regarding tax policy and the fact that Oregon’s major population center is on the state border.

So far the border effect has been about where legal recreational sales have occurred. Now that both states allow for legalized sales, the research focus will shift to the actual impact of different tax rates on consumer behavior. Clearly, sales in Southwest Washington are lower post-Oregon sales, but depending upon product availability and consumer prices, how the balance of sales shakes out is still unknown. Oregon tax collections only began in January, so it will still be some time before we have enough data to draw solid conclusions.

[1] There are some issues with this simplified model. For one, it uses full FY2015 data. Given that sales were/are ramping up over time in a newly legalized world, it is not ideal to use a full year of data, or at least not until the phase in period is over. Also, it does not include any spatial impacts (spatial error correction or spatial autocorrelation) which is important when looking at county level sales, particularly given there are some “dry” counties where there are no retailers in Washington. Even so, the results of this basic model are both intuitive and provided pretty solid ballpark estimates.

IRS Scam Warning

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is warning others after he took a call from an IRS scam artist.8-20 IRS SCAM PIC

Alex Aanderud says he got a call Wednesday from someone claiming to be from the Department of Legal Affairs with the Internal Revenue Service.

He says they claimed they were going to take legal action against him because his CP503, a tax account was overdue.

He says the caller claimed they’d passed the point of taking money and they’d be issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Aanderud wasn’t convinced.

He pressed the caller further, asking more detailed questions.

He says he was then transferred to a man named Chris Harris.

Through internet searches, he found the name was of an actual IRS agent in Washington.

But Aanderud says they never directly asked for money.

“We’re not able to take money from you, we’re not able to take money from you. We’re just calling to let you know that this is your final chance that you’ve got an arrest warrant coming up. And what they were looking for was an individual to say, which is what I said is ‘what would it take for me not to have this arrest warrant,” said Aanderud.

Aanderud says the caller posing as Chris Harris told him they normally can’t do anything but he could drop off cash at a local Albertons.

He says he just wants to make sure the community is aware of this scam.

Eugene Police say there’s been hundreds of IRS scams during this tax season.

They say to remember the government will never call you over the phone asking for money.

You’ll normally get a formal notice in the mail or someone in person at your door.

AARP Offers Free Tax Help

taxesEUGENE, Ore. — The countdown is on to file those taxes.

If crunching numbers makes you nervous, don’t worry. You have a few free options.

Signs at the Eugene Public Library were up Thursday, directing people to the AARP’s annual free tax aide service. The line started early for the first come, first serve help.

Coordinators say the program is as popular as ever, as people come in for assistance from well-trained staff.

“We’ve had people come in and say it’s just like family. We try to keep it light. We’re not heavy people in there. We like to joke around. We do professional work at the same time,” said local coordinator Jim Clarkson.

The downtown site is one of many throughout the area.

Click here for a list the locations and hours.

April 6 – Morning Headlines

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Morning Headlines

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Looks like paradise: sunny, 75 degrees, scattered small clouds - as good as a Monday gets.
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March 19 – Morning Headlines

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Look for breezy conditions at the coast with rain moving inland as your Tuesday progresses.

An upper level trough of low pressure (Shaded “U” shape) is moving eastward away from the Pacific Northwest taking storms away. High pressure (shaded “Arch”shape) has brought sunshine to Oregon, but another upper level low that’s next in line will bring back the chance of rain for a while. A complex frontal system will return the stream of moisture pouring into Oregon and dropping snow levels below the passes by midweek (frontal position shown is Thursday after passage) bringing the “Spring Rain.” Spring officially begins with the “Vernal Equinox ” at 4:02 AM this Wednesday March 20th.

[gn_spoiler title=”ADVISORIES” open=”0″ style=”1″]A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTH OREGON COAST. A HIGH WIND WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY, AND WESTERN, CENTRAL, AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTY. A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS EVENING UNTIL 5 AM WEDNESDAY FOR NORTHERN AND EASTERN KLAMATH COUNTY, AND WESTERN, CENTRAL, AND EASTERN LAKE COUNTY.[/gn_spoiler]

High: 58
Low: 34
Forecast: Cloudy with patchy fog this AM, mostly cloudy with rain in the afternoon (0.15 in. of rain possible), rain tonight (0.55 in. of rain possible) and breezy (wind: S 10-15 mph increasing to S 15-25 mph late), mostly cloudy with AM rain, showers with a slight (20%) chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening (0.55 in. of rain possible), showers likely (70%) Wednesday night (0.10 in. of rain possible) and colder, a mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers Thursday, then partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers at night highs 58-50 lows 47-34. A mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday, a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday night, a slight (20%) of rain Saturday and Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers at night, then a mix of clouds and sun Monday highs 55-60 lows 37-40. (seasonal averages high 57 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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March 13 – Morning Headlines

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I’m looking for another day with a mix of clouds and sun today before the clouds and rain return Thursday.

An upper level ridge of high pressure (Shaded “Arch” shape) is flattening, losing its hump, and is allowing a sub tropical moisture flow from near Hawaii (called the “Pineapple Express”) to move through the Pacific Northwest. The warm front that moved through and stalled North of us helping to funnel that warm moist air our way has pushed North and dissipated.  An upper level trough of low pressure (Shaded “U” shape) is pushing to position itself along the coast. A cold front will approach the Pacific Northwest increasing the chances for rain.

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High: HIGH
Low: LOW
Forecast: Cloudy this AM, a mix of clouds and sun this afternoon, mostly cloudy tonight, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of rain Thursday afternoon, rain likely (70%) at night, cloudy with a (40%) chance of showers Friday, then a slight (20%) chance of showers Friday night highs 65-59 lows near 46. Cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Saturday, a (40%) chance of showers at night, a (30%) chance of rain Sunday, a slight (20%) chance of rain Sunday night, a mix of clouds and sun Monday, mostly cloudy with a (40%) chance of rain Monday night, then a good (50%) chance of rain Tuesday highs 58-54 lows near 40. (seasonal averages high 56 low 37)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

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