SALEM — Participants in Oregon's Senior and Disabled Deferral Program will soon learn about the impacts of recent legislation that made changes to the property tax deferral program. With the conclusion of the Feb. 2012 session, the Oregon Department of Revenue is working to incorporate new rules and guidelines into the program to determine who is still eligible and who is not.
"Our employees are reviewing the legislative changes, making adjustments to forms and programs, and preparing to reach out to individuals affected by the recent revisions," said Revenue Department Director Jim Bucholz. "We will be contacting current and past participants about their situations, and we're asking people to be patient just a little bit longer so we can make sure we've got all the correct information in place."
There are several criteria that must be met to participate in the program, including net worth, household income, current deferral status and others (this information is available on the Revenue website.)
Below are some of the steps Revenue is taking to bring the program, affected by HB 4039 in the 2012 Legislature, up-to-date. The department is:
- Running a query for an account-by-account analysis.
- Identifying participants affected by the passage of HB 4039.
- Sending letters to all individuals affected by HB 4039 by the end of April.
- Coordinating with county tax collectors for refunding any taxes that were paid by participants who are now eligible for the program.
While Revenue staff continues to review files, the best way to access the most current information on the program, instead of calling the department, is by going to the website, http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/SCD/Pages/changes-impacting-deferral.aspx
On our website, you can download forms, check the status of your refund or make tax payments, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix; 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.
Due to the amount of calls we receive during tax season, you may experience extended waiting times.