Welcome to the Oregon Tax Court
The Oregon Tax Court is part of the Oregon Judicial Department. It is a statewide court and has exclusive jurisdiction to hear tax appeals under state laws, including personal income tax, property tax, corporation excise tax, timber tax, local budget law, and property tax limitations. The Tax Court has two divisions: the Magistrate Division and the Regular Division.
With a few exceptions, appeals to the Tax Court are first filed in and heard by the Magistrate Division. Magistrate Division decisions can be appealed to the Regular Division. Regular Division decisions may be appealed directly to the Oregon Supreme Court. The court is independent from the executive and legislative branches of state government. The court is not a part of the Oregon Department of Revenue, which is often a statutory defendant in Tax Court cases.
The Oregon Tax Court is housed in The Robertson Building, which was completed in 1996. The Magistrate Division is located on floor 3R and the Regular Division on floor 4R. Both divisions have secure entries. In-person hearings are usually held on floor 4R in the Oregon Tax Court courtroom or in the Jill A. Tanner Mediation Center.
Oregon Tax Court Mission Statement
As part of the independent judicial branch of government, the Tax Court's mission is:
- To impartially resolve disputes between taxpayers and tax administrators;
- To accurately apply Oregon law in written decisions for the guidance of the public; and
- To make its services accessible to all.
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