Overall Tax Credit FAQs
Why do you need my Social Security or Employment Identification Number?
The Oregon Department of Revenue now requires that all tax credit contributions include a Social Security Number or Employment Identification Number. This will help the Department of Revenue connect your contribution to your tax return. Your personal identification is secure and will never be shared with anyone besides the Department of Revenue. View the Oregon IDA Security Documentation for Handling Donor Information.
Do contributions also qualify for a deduction on a federal tax return?
We are restricted from offering tax advice. As you know, tax issues are very complicated and can vary on a case-by-case basis. You (or your clients) should consult tax and/or financial advisors before committing funds to the IDA Initiative or any other tax credit program. This information is not intended to offer nor held out as offering tax or investment advice to any individual or business.
If someone doesn’t need to apply all of one’s tax credits this year, can the credits be used next year?
Yes. Excess tax credits can be carried over for up to three years.
Is there a limit to the amount of contributions the Oregon IDA Initiative may receive each year?
The “cap” on contributions to the Initiative is now calculated differently. We are limited to $7.5 million in state expenditure each year. This is a slight increase over previous funding levels. Track the availability of credits here.
What do I do if an acknowledgement letter has been misplaced for a previous contribution? Are copies available?
We’re happy to help. If you are the donor, contact Hannah Waterman by email or phone (503) 226-3001 x107 and we can mail you and/or email you a copy of the acknowledgement(s). If you are a CPA or financial advisor requesting on behalf of your client, please have your client email us, authorizing us to send you a copy of the acknowledgement. The letter will indicate the tax credit percentage for the contribution.
What changes have been made to the Oregon IDA Tax Credit?
In 2015, the Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Tax Credit was renewed until 2022. In the renewing legislation (ORS 315.271) the Oregon Legislature specified a state contribution of $7.5 million, a tax credit rate not to exceed 70% and no maximum contribution limit for an individual taxpayer.
In 2016, a $500,000 limit on tax credits an individual can claim on contributions was instated. Neighborhood Partnerships, in concert with Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS), proposed several strategies to maximize funding to the Oregon IDA Initiative while maintaining quality relationships with donors and financial professionals that have been built over many years. The effectiveness of these strategies will be regularly evaluated.
Beginning in 2017, Oregon IDA Tax Credits will be issued in whole dollars only. We will round down for amounts 49 cents and less. We will round up for amounts 50 cents and greater. For example, a donation by check of $500.75 will equal a tax credit of $351.00 rather than $350.53.
View a timeline of the 2015 and 2016 changes with links to ORS and bills.
What is the maximum an individual can contribute?
There is a $500,000 limit on tax credits an individual can claim on contributions. For instance, if someone were to contribute via check at the 70% tax credit rate they would be able to donate up to about $714,285.71.
What is the minimum an individual can contribute?
There is a no minimum.