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How to suspend collections activity

You may qualify to have collections activity suspended on your tax account if all of the following are true (OAR 150-305-0092):

  • Your household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level for your household size.
  • You have less than $5,000 in assets.
  • The only income you have can't be garnished.

​Size of family unit 200% for 48 contiguous states and D.C. ​200% for Alaska 200% for Hawaii
1 $24,280 $​30,360 ​$27,920
2 $32,920 ​$41,160 ​$37,860
3 $41,560 ​$51,960 ​$47,800
4 $50,200 ​$62,760 ​$57,740
5 $58,840 ​$73,560 ​$67,680
6 $67,480 ​$84,360 ​$77,620
7 $76,120 ​$95,160 ​$87,560
8​ $84,760 ​$105,960 ​$97,500
For each additional family member, add... $8,640 ​$10,800 ​$9,940

Consider applying for this program if you can answer yes to these questions:

  1. Do you get Social Security, Social Security disability, pension payments, or public assistance?
  2. Excluding the home you live in and one vehicle, are your total assets worth less than $5,000?

Apply now by contacting us, or by filling out a financial statement form.

If you're approved for suspended collections​​​...

You can make voluntary payments at any time after you're approved. A payment agreement isn't required. Your account will continue to accrue interest while in this program. 

Once you're approved, you can't add any new debt to your tax account. If you file a new tax return and owe, you must pay the new tax in full by the due date or you'll be removed from this program.

While you're in suspended collections, we'll do the following:
  • Stop collection actions on your tax debt, such as bank or wage garnishments.
  • Use your state tax refund to help pay your debt.
  • Ask the U.S. Department of Treasury to send us your IRS refund or expected federal payment. We'll apply these to your debt. This excludes payments exempt from offset under federal law, such as Social Security.
  • File a lien against your property.

Contact us

Phone: (503) 945-8200, option 2.