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Transit payroll taxes for employers
Should I be filing? A guide to TriMet and Lane Transit payroll taxes


Transit district taxes
The Oregon Department of Revenue administers tax programs for the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (TriMet) and the Lane County Mass Transit District (LTD). Nearly every employer who pays wages for services performed in these districts must pay transit payroll tax.
 
The transit tax is imposed directly on the employer. The tax is figured only on the amount of gross payroll for services performed within the TriMet or Lane Transit Districts. This includes traveling sales representatives and employees working from home.
 

Who must file and pay?
All employers, including nonresident employers, who are paying wages earned in the TriMet or LTD districts must register and file with the Oregon Department of Revenue. Wages include all salaries, commissions, bonuses, fees, payments to a deferred compensation plan, or other items of value.
 
Your payroll service may not be aware that you have employees working in the transit districts. If so, you need to contact the service regarding your reporting and payment responsibility.
 

How to register
If you are a new employer and subject to the transit tax, you may register at https://secure.sos.state.or.us/cbrmanager/ or by completing the Combined Employer's Registration, 150-211-055, including the transit tax section.
 
If you are currently registered and have employees in the transit tax districts, complete the Business Change in Status Form, 150-211-156.
 
These forms are available at www.oregon.gov/DOR/BUS, or by contacting the Oregon Department of Revenue at (503) 945-8100.

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TriMet logo   TriMet Transit District  

ZIP code list

Use this list as a guideline to help determine if you have employees in the TriMet Transit District. Some ZIP codes may not coincide with the district boundaries. For TriMet boundary questions, call TriMet at (503) 962-6466.
 
ZIP codes completely in TriMet Transit District
97005
97068
97210
97219
97232
97006
97077
97211
97220
97233
97008
97201
97212
97221
97236
97024
97202
97213
97222
97239
97027
97203
97214
97223
97256
97030
97204
97215
97225
97258
97034
97205
97216
97227
97266
97035
97206
97217
97229
97267
97036
97209
97218
97230

 
ZIP codes partially in TriMet Transit District
97007
97060
97116
97009
97062
97123
97015
97070
97124
97019
97080
97140
97022
97086
97224
97023
97089
97231
97045
97113
 
 
TriMet Transit District rate
1/1/07 to 12/31/07
0.006518
1/1/08 to 12/31/08
0.006618
1/1/09 to 12/31/09
0.006718
1/1/10 to 12/31/10
0.006818
1/1/11 to 12/31/11
0.006918
1/1/12 to 12/31/12 0.007018
​1/1/13 to 12/31/13 ​0.007137
1/1/14 0.007237
 
Deleted from TriMet
(Transit still subject prior to the deletion date)
Boring
1/1/13
Canby
1/1/02
Sandy
1/1/00
Wilsonville
1/1/89
Molalla
1/1/89
Damascus
1/1/89

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Lane Transit District logoLane Transit District

ZIP code list

Use this list as a guideline to help determine if you have employees in the Lane Transit District. Some ZIP codes may not coincide with the district boundaries. For Lane Transit boundary questions, call LTD at (541) 682-6100.
City
ZIP code
Blue River
97413
Coburg 97408
Cottage Grove
97424
Creswell
97426
Dexter
97431
Elmira
97437
Eugene
97401 to 97405
Eugene
97408
Eugene
97440
Fall Creek
97438
Finn Rock
97488
Goshen
97405
Jasper
97438
Junction City
97448
Lancaster
97448
Leaburg 97489
Lowell
97452
Maywood
97413
McKenzie Bridge
97413
Pleasant Hill
97455
Springfield
97477, 97478, 97475
Thurston
97482
Trent
97431
Veneta
97487
Vida
97488
Walterville 97489


Lane Transit District rate
1/1/07 to 12/31/07
0.0062
1/1/08 to 12/31/08 0.0064
1/1/09 to 12/31/09
0.0065
1/1/10 to 12/31/10 0.0066
1/1/11 to 12/31/11
0.0067
1/1/12 to 12/31/12
0.0068
​1/1/13 to 12/31/13 ​0.0069
​1/1/14 ​0.0070
 

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When to file the transit tax

Your transit tax is reported quarterly using the Oregon Quarterly Tax Report (Form OQ). Make your payment using the payment coupon, Form OTC, or through the department's electronic fund transfer (EFT). For EFT information, please call (503) 947-2017.
 

How to figure the transit tax

Multiply the gross taxable payroll earned within the transit district by the current transit rate. The current rate should be printed in the TriMet/LTD portion of the Oregon Quarterly Combined Tax Report (Form OQ).
 

Exempt payroll

The following are exempt from transit payroll taxes:
  1. Federal credit unions.
  2. Public school districts.
  3. 501(c)(3) nonprofit and tax-exempt institutions (except hospitals).
  4. Insurance companies (except domestic insurers).
  5. Domestic service in a private home.
The following are exempt from LTD, but subject to TriMet taxes:
  1. Public education districts.
  2. Public special service and utility districts.
  3. Port authorities.
  4. Fire districts.
  5. City, county, and other local governments.
For more definitions of exempt payroll for payroll taxes, refer to the Oregon Business Guide.
 

Penalty and interest

  • You will be charged a 5 percent penalty on any unpaid tax after the return's due date.
  • You will be charged an additional 20 percent penalty on any tax due if Form OQ is filed more than one month late.
  • You will also be charged interest, at the current rate, on the unpaid tax from the return's due date. 

Contact

For more information on TriMet or LTD tax, call the Oregon Department of Revenue at (503) 945-8100.
 

Self-employment transit tax

If you have self-employment earnings within a transit district, they may be subject to transit self-employment tax. For more information, call (503) 378-4988.
 
You may download forms from our website: http://www.oregon.gov/dor/business, or write to:  
Forms, Oregon Department of Revenue
PO Box 14999
Salem OR 97309-0990
 
If you use a payroll service or a tax preparer, please be sure your preparer is filing and depositing correctly for transit taxes.

150-211-503 (Brochure)

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