Portland, Oregon Tries Its Hand with Taxing Gross Receipts

by DMA Staff | Sep 21, 2018
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The state of Oregon has had two failed attempts with transaction taxes in the past few years. Now the City of Portland will make its attempt. On August 29, 2018, the City Council pushed Petition ID PDX 04 onto the November 6 ballot. The initiative aims to fund the city’s Climate Action Plan, whose focus is reducing carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels. If passed, the ordinance will target large retailers whose gross revenue exceeds $1 billion and whose Portland sales exceed $500,000. A 1% gross receipts tax will be imposed on the amount of Portland sales. The city will notify retailers who are affected by the ordinance. Should the ballot result positive, the tax will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

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