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Since 2003, Tax Fairness Oregon has helped save the state budget hundreds of millions of dollars by working towards an equitable tax system.

In some cases that means killing tax breaks like the BETC, or winning changes to enterprise zones such as the Rural SIP. In other cases its means supporting bills that rein in wage theft (which also always means tax theft) or advance tax enforcement.

From helping to retain the Oregon Estate Tax to helping to pass Measures 66 and 67, Tax Fairness Oregon has been a critical force in state government.

Tax Fairness Oregon works to reform our tax code so that it serves the common good, not special interests.

We help shape the debate about tax policy in Oregon:

  • We work to reform Oregon’s tax code by monitoring and evaluating tax concepts.
  • We identify, research, and analyze critical bills.
  • We testify at legislative hearings and meet with legislators.
  • We bring public attention to tax issues through Facebook and eblasts, speakers, media outreach, workshops, and public relations.
  • We build coalitions with partner organizations.

We engage in legislative action, grassroots organizing, education, and coalition building to promote a revenue system that is more progressive, sustainable, and adequate.

You can review our past successes from the drop-down menu under the “Successes” tab.

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Recent News

Warehouse Tax Breaks

Since summer we’ve been having conversations with both legislators and the press about ending Oregon’s property tax breaks for warehouses and distribution centers.  Clearly it’s working, we expect to bring changes to these enterprise zone programs in the coming legislative session with HB 3011. In an Oregonian article Mike Rogoway [...]

January 22nd, 2023|

Off to Salem: TFO circulates its priorities

The House speaker and the Senate president were elected without a hitch. Legislators were sworn in and started dropping bills. Some of them are ours, so we were off to Salem to start talking them up. Semiconductor Incentives. The Biden administration is working to bring home manufacturing, and under the [...]

January 14th, 2023|

TFO testifies against the business lobby’s wish lists

In its final “Legislative Days” before the new House and Senate are sworn in, TFO was invited to describe Oregon’s tax structure in a hearing of the House Committee on Economic Development and Small Business. Appearing with the tax lobbyist from Oregon Business and Industry, Jody Wiser countered pleas that [...]

December 13th, 2022|

More subsidies for the semiconductor industry?

The star-studded “Oregon Semiconductor Competitive Task Force,” chaired by Ron Wyden, Kate Brown and the CEO of Portland General Electric industry includes industry, government and academic boosters intent on promoting a more inviting climate for semiconductor companies. Since the task force issued its “initial report” in August, TFO has been [...]

November 18th, 2022|

The Inflation Reduction Act is oddly named, but great tax policy

We hope The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 actually makes it through Congress.  It has some great tax policy in it, things we’ve been advocating at the national level for a long time.  But despite the bill’s name, it is about reducing wealth inequality more than reducing inflation. Amy Hanauer, [...]

July 29th, 2022|
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