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Oregon state lodging tax increase takes effect July 1, 2016!

An explanation of this state-wide increase affecting all lodging establishments:

The Portland Tribune, March 3, 2016

SALEM — Oregon lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to nearly double the statewide tourist lodging tax and open up new ways to spend the revenue.

The bill hikes the tax from 1 percent to 1.8 percent until the end of June 2020, then reduces it to 1.5 percent in July 2021.

The votes to pass the bill in the House and Senate were among the last actions lawmakers took before they adjourned on Thursday. The bill will head next to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

The legislation clears the way for the state to subsidize a world track championship in Eugene in 2021. Nike and University of Oregon officials have pushed for the state to help pay for the event since at least 2014 and according to news reports, the Eugene nonprofit TrackTown USA wants the state to provide $25 million for the event.

State law requires the government to spend at least 80 percent of lodging tax revenues on tourism marketing. House Bill 4146 allows the state to spend that money on any “tourism programs,” including to subsidize the costs of events such as the track championship.

State lodging tax filing requirements

If you collect payment from lodging customers, you’re responsible for collecting the tax. The tax rate is based on the date of payment:

Payment date
Tax rate
Before July 1, 2016 1%
On or after July 1, 2016 1.8%
On or after July 1, 2020 1.5%

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