Businesses

Tax credit codes

Check the appendices of forms OR-20, OR-20-I, OR-20-INS, or OR-20-S for the codes to claim any of the tax credits shown below. When filing your Oregon corporation return, attach certification forms for each certified credit to avoid processing delays.

Credit ​Transferable? Date available ​Excess carried forward Verification required
​Agricultural workforce housing (annual certification required for projects completed after Dec 31, 1995) 
ORS 315.164
​Yes. ​For projects started and completed in tax years beginning on or after 
January 1, 1990 and before January 1, 2020. Refer to the ORS regarding credits for tax years before 2002.
​Yes, 9 years. ​Certified by Oregon Housing and Community Services, 
(503) 986-2008 or www.oregon.gov/ohcs​
Description: ​Loans for construction or rehabilitation of agricultural workforce housing in Oregon. The credit is equal to 50 percent of the costs for projects completed in tax years after 2001; no more than 20 percent of that in any one year over a 10-year period. On or after January 1, 2005, eligible taxpayers may transfer all or any portion of their credit to another taxpayer. See certifying agency's website for transfer.
Alternative fuel vehicle (auction) (for carryforward purposes only)
Notes following 315.336
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013 and before January 1, 2015. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Certificate issued
by Department of
Energy,
(800) 221-8035.
​Description: This credit is available through the Oregon Alternative Fuel Vehicle Revolving Fund tax credit auction conducted by us, in cooperation with the Department of Energy. The credit amount is shown on the certificate issued by the Department of Energy. If you claim any of the amount you paid for this credit as a deduction on your federal return, you must add back that amount to your Oregon income. ​ ​ ​
Biomass production/collection
ORS 315.141, 315.144 

​Yes. ​​For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2007 and before January 1, 2018.
Yes, 4 years.

​Certificate issued
by Department of
Energy,
(800) 221-8035.

Description: The credit is available to agricultural producers and biomass collectors for the production or collection of biomass that is to be used in Oregon as biofuel or to produce biofuel. The credit is based on the amount or quantity of biomass transferred to a biofuel producer during the tax year. This credit may be transferred to an Oregon taxpayer. See form Transfer Notice for Certain Credits

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, woody biomass is measured by its dry weight. For  tax years beginning before January 1, 2012, woody biomass is measured by its wet (green) weight.​

This credit isn't allowed for wheat grain for tax years beginning before January 1, 2009 or on or after January 1, 2018.

Beginning on January 1, 2014, the credit isn't allowed for canola grown, collected or produced in the Willamette Valley. 
Business energy (for carryforward purposes only)
ORS 315.354, 315.356, 315.357, 469B.130
​Yes. ​For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1980. Preliminary certification must be received from the Department of Energy before July 1, 2011. The credit must be first claimed in a tax year beginning before January 1, 2013. ​Yes, 8 years. ​Certificate issued
by Department of
Energy,
(800) 221-8035.
Description: The credit is for a facility used to process or use renewable energy resources, or to achieve energy efficiency that exceeds industry or regulatory standards by 10 percent or better. 

"Facility" includes alternative fuel fleet vehicles, telecommuting equipment, and refueling stations. Beginning January 1, 1998, "facility" includes employer-provided transit passes. Beginning January 1, 2001, eligibility is expanded to include facilities providing transit passes to students and patrons of medical facilities, and certain utilities. Beginning January 1, 2007, "facility" also includes a high-efficiency combined heat and power facility, a high-performance home, a homebuilder-installed renewable energy system, or a renewable energy resource equipment manufacturing facility. 

The credit allowed is based on the certified cost of the facility. This credit may be sold or transferred to another taxpayer at a discounted rate. See certifying agency's website for transfer.

The renewable energy resource equipment manufacturing facility component of the business energy tax credit transferred to the Oregon Business Development Department under HB 2523 (2011 session) as of January 1, 2012.
​Child Care Fund contributions
ORS 315.213
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2002 and before January 1, 2022. ​Yes, 4 years.
Certificate issued by Child Care Office,
(800) 556-6616 or www.oregon.gov/occ.
​Description: The credit is allowed for certified contributions made to the Child Care Office of the Employment Department for the purpose of promoting child care. An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit.
Claim of right 
ORS 315.068
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1998. ​No, the credit is refundable. ​Taxpayer must retain details for audit verification
​Description: The difference between the actual Oregon tax for the year the claim of right income was included in federal income and the Oregon tax if such income had not been included in federal income. See IRC Section 1341(a)(1) and (2).​ ​ ​
Contribution of computers or scientific equipment (for carryforward purposes only)
ORS 317.151
​No. ​Contributions made in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1986 and prior to January 1, 2014. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Taxpayer must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: ​Credit is available for computers, scientific equipment, maintenance agreements, or money for scientific research donated to Oregon institutions of higher education or post-secondary schools. Beginning January 1, 1998, qualified institutions include pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The credit is 10 percent of fair market value of qualified charitable contributions. No IRC Section 179 expenses are allowed if the credit is claimed. An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit. ​
Crop donation 
ORS 315.156 (see Form 150-101-240)

​No. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014 and before January 1, 2020. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Taxpayer must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: The credit is 15 percent of the value of the quantity of the crop donated computed at the wholesale market price.​ ​
Electronic commerce zone investment  
ORS 315.507, 315.508
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2002 and before January 1, 2018.  ​Yes, 5 years. ​Local enterprise zone authorization and qualification. Contact Business Oregon,
(503) 986-0123 or www.oregon4biz.com.
​Description: ​ Available to qualified businesses engaged in e-commerce in an approved enterprise zone. The credit is equal to 25 percent of the investment in capital assets that are used in the designated area primarily for electronic commerce operations, limited to the lesser of $2 million or the tax liability.​ ​
Employer-provided dependent care assistance or information and referral (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.204 (see Form 150-102-032) ​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1988 and prior to January 1, 2016. ​Yes, 5 years. ​​Certificate issued by Child Care Office, (800) 556-6616 or www.oregon.gov.occ.
Description: Dependent care assistance for employees. 50 percent of annual cost up to $2,500 per benefiting employee. Also applies to information or referral services provided to help employees secure dependent care assistance. 50 percent of annual cost. Allowable expenses must be reduced by credit claimed.
Employer scholarship (for carryforward purposes only) 
ORS 315.237 
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2002 and before January 1, 2020.  ​​Yes, 5 years. ​​Certified by Oregon Student Assistance Commission,
(800) 452-8807.
​Description: ​ Credit may be claimed by an employer with at least four full-time employees. The credit equals 50 percent of scholarships funded, but cannot exceed $50,000. ​ ​​ ​
Energy conservation projects  
ORS 315.331
​Yes. ​For tax years beginning July 1, 2011 through January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 5 years. ​​Certificate issued
by Department of
Energy,
(800) 221-8035.
​Description: ​ This program allows tax credits for any capital investment for which the first year energy savings yields a simple payback period of greater than three years with listed exceptions. Cogeneration facilities are eligible beginning January 1, 2013. The Oregon Department of Energy may establish criteria and standards to choose between project applicants. Applicants may transfer this tax credit to other taxpayers in exchange for cash at a rate set by the Oregon Department of Energy, known as a pass-through.​ ​
​Fire insurance gross premiums tax (available to insurance companies only) 
ORS 317.122
​No. ​Tax years beginning before January 1, 2018. ​No. ​Taxpayers must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: ​ ​ Tax paid to the Insurance Division for Fire Marshal tax.​
​Fish screening devices 
ORS 315.138
​No. ​For final certifications in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1990 and before January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Certificate issued by Department of Fish and Wildlife, (800) 720-6339.
​Description: Installations of fish screening devices, bypass devices, or fishways. 50 percent of installation costs, not to exceed $5,000 per device. ​ ​ ​
Fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 317.115 ​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1998 and before January 1, 2012. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Certification and verification required by ORS 469B.106.
Description: 25 percent of the cost of the fueling station, but not more than $750.
​Individual development account donation 
ORS 315.271
​No. ​Donations made on or after October 23, 2000 and before January 1, 2022. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Lender must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: ​Credit is available for donations made on or after October 23, 2000, to a fiduciary organization approved by Oregon Housing and Community Services. ​
Lender's credit: Energy conservation (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 317.112 (see Form 150-102-125) ​No. ​Loans made on or after January 1, 1982 and before January 1, 2012. ​Yes, 15 years for loans made after September 28, 1991.
​Lender must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: Loans to improve space heating efficiency for oil- and wood-heated residences.​ ​ ​
​Long term enterprise zone facilities 
ORS 317.124, 317.125 (see Form 150-102-043)
​No. ​For a five- to 15-year period; for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1998 and within three years of date placed in service. For facilities certified on or before June 30, 2018. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Taxpayer must receive written approval from the governor and retain details for audit verification.
Contact Business Oregon, (503) 986-0123 or www.oregon4biz.com.
​Description: ​Constructing or operating a facility certified in a qualified rural enterprise zone eligible for long-term exemption from property taxes. Credit equals 62.5 percent of payroll, employee benefit costs, and all other employee costs of the facility. Only available against the C corporation tax liability in excess of $1 million, or lesser amount applicable to counties with population under various thresholds and meeting specified criteria. Beginning January 1, 2005, a taxpayer eligible for the credit is allowed to take other eligible credits if this credit does not offset the tax liability on the return. ​ ​
​OLHIGA (Oregon Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association) offset (available only to insurance companies) 
ORS 734.835
​No. ​Tax years beginning before January 1, 2022. ​No. ​Taxpayer must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: ​Credit for 20 percent of the amount paid in each of the five calendar years following the year in which the assessment is paid to the Oregon Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association (OLHIGA). The credit is allowed for payments made under ORS 734.815(8) only. Property and casualty insurers do not qualify for this credit.
​Oregon's affordable housing lender's credit ORS 317.097 (see Form 150-102-125) ​No. ​Loans made on or after January 1, 1990 and before January 1, 2020. ​Yes, 5 years. ​File annual statement with Oregon Housing and Community Services, (503) 986-2000.
​​Description: Loans to finance certified housing projects for low-income households. For credit certifications issued on or after September 27, 2007, qualifying loans include loans to develop, acquire, construct, or rehabilitate qualified housing. Qualified housing now includes manufactured dwelling parks and housing preservation projects. ​ ​
​Oregon Cultural Trust contribution ORS 315.675 ​No. ​Donations made on or after December 1, 2002 in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2002 and before January 1, 2020. ​No. ​Proof of contribution must be provided if requested by Department of Revenue. Contact Oregon Cultural Trust, (503) 986-0088.
Description: Credit is 100 percent of contributions to the account that are matched by an equal contribution to an Oregon cultural organization. Limited to $500 per individual taxpayer and $2,500 for corporations. An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit.
​Oregon low-income community jobs initiative/new markets (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.533 ​No. ​For investments made on or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2016. ​Yes, 5 years on investments made on or after January 1, 2014 and before July 1, 2016. ​Certified by Business Oregon, (503) 986-0123 or www.oregon4biz.com.
Description: A tax credit is allowed for qualified equity investments in low-income community businesses. The credit is equal to 39 percent of the purchase price of the qualified equity investment spread over seven years beginning with the year of investment. The credit cannot be more than your tax liability and cannot be transferred or sold. The allowable tax credit is: Years 1 and 2 - 0%, Year 3 - 7%, Years 4-7 - 8% each. Note: Investments made on or after July 1, 2012 and before January 1, 2014 are allowed indefinite carryforward of any unused credit.
​Oregon Production Investment Fund (auction) ORS 315.514 ​No. ​Tax years beginning before January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Certified by the Oregon Film and Video Office, (503) 229-5832.
Description: A credit is allowed for contributions to the Oregon Production Investment Fund that are certified by the Oregon Film and Video Office. The amount of the tax credit shall equal the amount certified for credit by the Oregon Film and Video Office, except that a contribution must equal at least 90 percent of the tax credit. An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit.
​Pollution control facilities 
ORS 315.304
​No. ​For construction completed before January 1, 2008. ​Yes, generally 3 years. Up to 3 additional years if certain conditions are met. ​See instructions for Form OR-20.
Description: For the prevention, control or reduction of air, water, or noise pollution, nonpoint source pollution; solid or hazardous waste; recycling; or disposal of used oil.
Credit is based on cost of the facility and percentage allocable to pollution control. The amount is spread over 10 years, plus applicable carryforward.​ ​ ​
Qualified research activities and alternative qualified research activities ORS 317.152, 317.153, 317.154​ (see Form 150-102-128) ​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 1989 and before January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 5 years. Taxpayer must retain details for audit verification.
​Description: Five percent of qualified research expenses and basic research payments in excess of base amount (IRC §41), or 5 percent of qualified research expenses that exceed 10 percent of Oregon sales. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, the maximum credit is $1 million. For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2006 and before January 1, 2012, the maximum credit is $2 million. For tax years prior to January 1, 2006, the maximum credit is $500,000. Limited to research activities in Oregon. A deduction may not be taken for the expenses related to the amount being claimed as a credit. ​ ​
​Reforestation of underproductive forestlands (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.104 and 315.106 ​No. ​Preliminary certifications must be requested before December 31, 2012. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Written certification per ORS 315.104 and 315.106.
​Description: The credit is 50 percent of the reforestation project costs paid or incurred to reforest underproductive Oregon forestlands. Taxpayer is allowed one-half of the credit in the tax year of preliminary certification and one-half in the tax year when the new forest is certified as established. See ORS 315.180 for cost limitations.
Renewable energy development contributions ORS 315.326 ​No. ​Beginning July 1, 2011 and sunsets January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 3 years. ​Certificate issued by Department of Energy,
(800) 221-8035.
​Description: ​This program allows the auction of tax credits to provide funds to award grants to renewable energy production systems. The Oregon Department of Energy may establish criteria and standards to choose between project applicants. The total credit certifications are limited to $1.5 million per year. Information about the auction process for this credit is available on the Oregon Department of Revenue and the Oregon Department of Energy websites. An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit.​
​Renewable energy resource equipment manufacturing facility (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.341 ​Yes. ​Beginning January 1, 2012. Preliminary certification must be received before January 1, 2014. ​Yes, 8 years. ​Certificate issued by Business Oregon, (503) 986-0123 or www.oregon4biz.com.​
Description: The program allows for a tax credit based upon the certified cost of a renewable energy resource equipment manufacturing facility during the period for which the facility is certified by the Oregon Business Development Department. Applicants may transfer this tax credit to other taxpayers in exchange for cash at a rate set by the Oregon Business Development Department (known as a "pass-through").
​Reservation enterprise zone 
ORS 285C.309 (see Form 150-102-046)
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2002 and before January 1, 2018. ​No. ​Contact Business Oregon, (503) 986-0123 or www.oregon4biz.com.
​​Description: The credit is allowed to eligible businesses operating a new business facility in a reservation enterprise zone. The credit is equal to the tribal property tax imposed on a new business facility that is paid or incurred by the business during the tax year, or the amount of tribal tax paid or incurred by the business during the tax year, if the business has not previously conducted business operations within the reservation enterprise zone. “Tribal tax” includes, but is not limited to, an income or excise tax, an ad valorem property tax, a gross receipts tax, or a sales and use tax. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​Riparian land (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.113 ​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2004 and before January 1, 2012. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Taxpayer must retail details for audit verification.
Description: Credit is 75 percent of the market value of crops foregone.
​Transportation projects (for carryforward purposes only) ORS 315.336 ​Yes. ​Beginning July 1, 2011. Transportation project credits, other than alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure, sunset January 1, 2016. Alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project credits sunset January 1, 2018. ​Yes, 5 years. ​Certificate issued by Department of Energy, (800) 221-8035.
​Description: This program allows tax credits for a public or nonprofit entity that provides transit services to members of the public and that receives state or federal funding for those services or an alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure project. Applicants may transfer this tax credit to other taxpayers in exchange for cash at a rate set by the Oregon Department of Energy (known as a "pass-through).
​University venture fund
ORS 315.521
​No. ​Tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2006 and before January 1, 2016. ​No. Certificate issued by the Oregon university.
​​Description: A credit is allowed for contributions to a university venture development fund when a tax credit certificate has been issued. The amount of the credit is 60 percent of the certified amount with limitations as to how much may be claimed yearly. 

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, the university venture development fund contribution credit shall be claimed in three consecutive tax years beginning with the year in which the credit's initially allowed.

An addition to income for deducted expenses may be required if you claim this credit. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Weatherization lender's credit
(for carryforward purposes only)
ORS 317.111

​No. For loans made before November 1, 1981. ​​Yes, 15 years. ​Lender must retain details for audit verification.
Description: A credit available to commercial lending institutions for below market rate loans made before November 1, 1981 for financing weatherization projects. The credit was equal to the difference between the amount of interest charged at a rate of 6.5 percent and the amount that would have been charged at a lesser of 12 percent or the average percent the lending institution charged for home improvement loans.​ ​ ​ ​​