6 taxes that may pass in the next few days

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Here are the final list of taxes that have had public hearings and/or enough support to be passed in the final few days of the 35-day Oregon legislative Session.

1. Carbon Tax (72 gas tax. Also known as Cap-and-trade)  SB 1530 taxes carbon will increase the cost of gasoline and heating utilities which is expected to raise nearly $700 million. Gasoline prices are expected to rise as much as 72 cents. Heating bills, powered by natural gas, are expected to rise 13% for homes and 53% for businesses.

2. Homes sales Tax: HJR203 Gov. Kate Brown’s proposal to impose a new state real estate sales tax (“transfer charge”) on homes sold for more than $500,000, and repeal state preemption of certain local real estate transfer taxes that had been prohibited by voters under Measure 79 in 2012. The taxes would subsidize “affordable housing” as defined by the state.

3.  A 20% Hotel tax increase: HB4047 raises the state lodging tax by 20%.

4.  Mattress Bed Tax: SB 1564 Allows the Department of Environmental Quality to impose a sales tax (“assessment”) on new mattresses to fund a mandatory mattress “stewardship,” i.e. recycling, program. As an “assessment” rather than a “tax,” the bill may not require a 3/5 majority. Tax bills must start in the House and receive 3/5 majority votes in both the House and Senate.

5.  20% DEQ Fee Increase: SB 5702 would increase Portland area and Medford DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) fees.

6. Forest Land Tax: SB 1516 imposes a new and permanent tax of $10.80 on each tax lot in the forest zone.

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