Here are some great resources about tax and revenue systems in Oregon and many other states. These are a great starting point for anyone interested in the financial structure of state government, especially who pays what in taxes and where our tax dollars go.
What are the resources we use the most? Basic Facts is all about Oregon’s revenue. When we want more detail, we look to other publications from the Legislative Revenue Office and from the Oregon Department of Revenue.
2016 Basic Facts. Published by Oregon’s Legislative Revenue Office, this report breaks down Oregon’s financial situation–including where Oregon gets its revenue, historical statistics about tax collection and how we compare to other states.
Every two years, the state creates a report on most of the ways we spend money through the tax code. In printed form, it’s an inch thick, and we use it often, it is the Tax Expenditure Report. The report covers federal tax and state income tax breaks, and property tax breaks. Just scan the index for a picture of what it covers.
http://www.oregon.gov/DOR/programs/gov-research/Documents/subject-area_2015-17.pdf TER Index
2015 Who Pays: A distributional analysis of the tax systems of all 50 states. ITEP has been issuing Who Pays for a number of years and Oregon just keeps getting a better and better rating. We used to be in the top 10, we’re now one of the 3 “fairest” states in their analysis of who pays our state and local taxes. Hint: check out the difference between Oregon and Washington!
The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) is the Oregon think tank whose work we consistently admire and whose help we request.
National groups whose work we follow include:
- Citizens for Tax Justice
- Good Jobs First
- Economic Policy Institute
- United for a Fair Economy
- Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
- Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy