OTTER is a free program, provided by the Oregon
Employment Department, to allow for the electronic filing of the Oregon
Combined Payroll Tax reports. OTTER is
only compatible with Windows based computer operating systems and must be
locally installed in order to prepare and submit your 2016 Oregon Quarterly
Payroll Tax Report.
It is recommended that all users Uninstall any previous version of OTTER (See
Instructions below in Resource Center) and Install the most current release of OTTER –
New Release: OTTER Version 2016.3.3 is now
available for download and installation!
Updated 5 October 2016
Please read the information below as the processes to download, install and
use OTTER 2016 have changed.
Summary of changes:
1. Users may now change an incorrect
BIN without the need to create a new BIN and new business record in the
database. If a previous file was created using an incorrect account
number, Version 2016.3.3 allows users to correct the information in their
2. The preparer information
now prefills into the Prepared By when the quarter is selected in the
tree view (on the left hand side of the screen) when performing a Copy
Year/Quarter transaction, provided the preparer information is filled out in
“File => Options”.
3. The functionality of the Function
Keys (F#) has been restored and now all Function Keys are operational.
Reminder: You must uninstall previous versions (See
instructions in the Resource Center) of OTTER before you download and install Version
Please view the Resource Center (bottom of this web page). This section provides additional information
and help about OTTER 2016.
The OTTER Installation
Instruction Files section includes these help files:
Un-Install Instruction - these instructions
will assist in un-installing OTTER.
Installation Instructions - these
instructions will assist to download the program on a standalone PC.
The Other OTTER 2016 Help & Instructions Files section includes
these help files:
Network Installation Instructions - these
instructions will assist to download the program to a network.
Database Migrator Instructions -
these instructions will assist if you have used OTTER in prior years/quarters
and would like to transfer your historical data to the new OTTER application
Copy Quarter Addendum – these instructions
will assist OTTER 2016 users to perform the copy transactions using the new
OTTER 2016 functionality.
Import Function Instructions - these
instructions will assist OTTER 2016 users who rely on import
functionality. OTTER 2016 release 3
supports the import of data through the following data formats for all forms
(Form 132, Schedule B and Form OQ):
o EFW2 (previously
o ASCII Delimited
o **ASCII Fixed
Width format is not supported by OTTER 2016*
When downloading and installing OTTER Version 2016.3.3 there are two items
Since OTTER is an executable file you may
receive a warning from your operating system. If you wish to install and
use OTTER you should select the option that continues the download. This
could be “Run” or “Yes” or “Ok.” You won’t be able to install OTTER if
you cancel or stop the download process.
If you are installing OTTER to a network,
depending on your network settings, you may need to have administrator rights.