About the tax
On May 16, 2019, Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427 into law.
The legislation accomplishes the following:
- Establishes a "Fund for Student Success" that is separate and distinct from the state's general fund
- Adopts a new Corporate Activity Tax (CAT) imposed on all types of business entities
The CAT is in addition to the state's current corporate income tax. Revenue from the CAT will be transferred to the Fund for Student Success and will be used for education spending.
The CAT is imposed on businesses for the privilege of doing business in this state. It is measured on a business's commercial activity, which is the total amount a business realizes from transactions and activity in Oregon. Certain items are excluded from the definition of commercial activity and, therefore, will not be subject to the CAT. In addition, Oregon's CAT allows a 35 percent subtraction for certain business expenses.
The CAT is applied to taxable Oregon commercial activity in excess of $1 million. The tax is computed as $250 plus 0.57 percent of taxable Oregon commercial activity of more than $1 million. Only taxpayers with more than $1 million of taxable Oregon commercial activity will have a payment obligation.
Register for the Corporate Activity Tax
Frequently asked questions
Basic information on the Corporate Activity Tax
CAT training materials
A variety of resources for business taxpayers and tax professionals are available on the new CAT training materials page. The resources include PowerPoint presentations on registration and making payments. The PowerPoint presentation used in the October live Zoom training sessions, along with the questions emailed by participants during the live training sessions and answers from the CAT policy staff. The latest addition are 12 short subject-specific training videos to help taxpayers better understand key elements of the CAT.
Taxpayers with general questions about the CAT can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-945-8005.
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If you would like to sign up for additional information as it becomes available, please
subscribe to our mailing list. You can also download
Publication OR-CAT-BRO for additional information.