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Oregon's tax amnesty deadline is January 19
SALEM—If the Oregon Department of Revenue approved your tax amnesty application, the deadline to file your amnesty tax returns is less than a week away. All amnesty tax returns must be postmarked by January 19, 2010. 
"If you don't file your amnesty tax returns by January 19, you won't get the amnesty benefits," said Steve Purkeypile, amnesty project manager. "And the law won't allow you to file for an extension."
Taxpayers who file tax returns under the amnesty program are charged half the interest and no penalty on back taxes owed.
"Under Oregon law, if you don't file by the deadline, the state may add an additional 25-percent penalty to any other penalties owed," Purkeypile said.
The 2009 Legislature created the one-time amnesty period to give Oregonians who owe back taxes an incentive to get caught up. Applications for the program were due November 19, 2009.
State taxes help fund education, public safety, health care, and other public services.
Visit www.oregon.gov/DOR for general tax information, forms and instructions, and to check the status of your refund, or call 1-800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or e-mail questions.dor@state.or.us. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 1-800-886-7204.