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Oregon ‘kicker’ tax rebate increased to $1.6 billion

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More money to be returned to taxpayers in 2020

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) -- The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said Friday it adjusted the “kicker” for the 2018 tax year from more than $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion earlier this month. That means an increase in the amount returned to taxpayers, in the form of tax credits.

The state hasn’t issued physical kicker checks since 2007. The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2019 state personal income tax returns filed in 2020, the agency said.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2018 tax liability before any credits — line 22 on the 2018 Form OR-40 — by 17.171 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA.

Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state will need to subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You're eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2018 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don't have a filing obligation for 2019, you still must file a 2019 tax return to claim your credit.

There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2019 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind, the state may use all or part of your refund, including the kicker, to pay any state debt, such as tax due for past years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What’s My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue’s website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you’ll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2018 and 2019.

Visit to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

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  1. The “kicker” should be reduced by by the dollar amount of the county timber revenue settlement because it is really not excess taxes collected. Wipe out that debt and let’s move forward.

            1. While it’s not a direct revenue increase, they could also do what the private sector does and get rid of the redundancy and waste.
              Any private company that had excess people that served no true purpose would be eliminated. ODOT is a huge offender of this, and I’m sure there are plenty of other people in other departments on the taxpayers payroll that serve no real purpose.

              I’d love to see T.V Murphy explain to the people how they can justify having
              one person driving around in a pickup doing nothing, because they can’t get out
              of the vehicle and do any actual work unless there are at least two people.
              I had never even heard about that until several years ago, until a friend that works there told me. Of course we have the so called road crew that seems to think they need 10 vehicles and a ridiculous number of people to stand around when all they are doing is patching holes… The waste is just mind numbing.

  2. Here’s a novel idea, How about just giving the taxpayer whats rightfully theirs,, THEIR MONEY !!! not a rebate or IOU. The state has no right to be collecting interest on monies that dont belong to them.

  3. The kicker was a good concept when it first started, but then politicians
    basically turned it into a massive lottery winning for themselves…

    Anytime there is a large amount of money, they just can’t keep their hands off it
    and feel it is theirs to freely spend. The kicker isn’t a lot of money, but for many
    people that live here, it’s a big deal and they could really use the cash, not get
    a ridiculous tax credit while the state has a party and burns through the excess cash…

    Of course we can thank the Dems for this if I remember correctly,the same people that say they are all about what’s best for the people of Oregon, but it’s just more b.s to cover their true agenda. Excess cash is like Crack for these people,they just can’t stop spending
    and wasting.
    They only time they truly care about people is when it’s election time or if there is something that they will personally benefit from …

  4. Thanks Kate and the Oregon Legislature for keeping the budget under revenues. That being said, a dedicated (i.e. not to be raided) rainy day fund is needed for the inevitable future situation where revenues will not be able to cover expenses. If that means reducing or eliminating the “kicker” then so be it.

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