We sent the letter to taxpayers who have debt that we're collecting or that a private collection agency is collecting to tell you about our collection-fee policy change.
Even though Oregon law authorizes us to pass collection fees to taxpayers, we've always paid those fees. ORS 293.231
Last year we paid $415,000 in collection fees.
When the Legislature looked at ways the state could save money, it identified this as one. Requiring debtors to pay collection fees is standard business practice.
As of October 1, 2011, taxpayers whose debts are collected by collection agencies will have to pay these fees.