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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.





Recent News

The beginning of progress…

Last Friday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), an international organization of countries working together toward economic progress, announced that 136 countries, including the United States, have agreed to a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%. This is huge news. For far too long, countries around the world have [...]

October 13th, 2021|

Raise federal taxes on the wealthy, call Congress today

Tax Fairness Oregon urges you to call your representative before Friday, when the U.S. House may vote on the budget reconciliation bill.   Kurt Schrader (Oregon City) is a wavering member of the Democratic caucus, one of its least reliable votes. He needs our help in standing for the bill.  Let’s [...]

September 22nd, 2021|

The top 1% are evading $163 billion a year in taxes

From The New York Times: The top 1 percent are evading $163 billion a year in taxes, the Treasury finds. A new report makes the case that narrowing the tax gap is part of the Biden administration’s ambition to create a more equitable economy. As we’ve spoken with legislators since [...]

September 12th, 2021|

Lobbyists parachute into Portland to defend the 1031 tax break

When our colleague Bennett Minton read an op-ed in Portland Business Journal from two out-of-town lobbyists extolling the benefits for Black investors and Black communities of IRC section 1031, he got riled. Googling around, he connected some dots. His results are outlined in a letter published August 30 in Tax [...]

August 31st, 2021|

Support HB 2379 with the New Amendment

Should the legislature bring back a tax when this Changes to this?   Oregon counties are in desperate need of funding. For the past 20 years, an unfair timber tax system has allowed logging companies to profit from rural counties’ natural resources and leave them in the lurch financially. Now [...]

April 27th, 2021|
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