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Senate Bill 1528 - Sample Letter

 

I farm in your district, and I ask you to vote NO on SB 1528 with the -8 amendment (https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2018R1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/143332). This bill increases taxes on farms and family businesses in Oregon.

Farmers and ranchers are not only exposed to unpredictability in the marketplace, but they are price takers and often operate on very slim margins. 2017 was particularly tough for many farm families given the low price of commodities. That's why I'm concerned about SB 1528.

The -8 amendment increases taxes on Oregon small business Sole Proprietors, LLCs and S-Corps by $181 million by disconnecting from the federal pass through entity deduction. The bill applies retroactively in 2018-after the business has planned for the year. An increase right now will squeeze many farm families, like mine.

SB 1528 also includes provisions to eliminate part of the 2013 Grand Bargain that was agreed to in 2013. The lower personal income tax rates passed in 2013 are important to help farms stay afloat in tough times. And while some farms organized as Sole Proprietors will benefit from reduced tax rates, the amendments raise $30 million by increasing small business tax rates for those with income over $250,000.

New taxes on Oregon small businesses and family farms should always be the last option and never the first. Oregon state government has 40% more money than it did 10 years ago. Please cut costs instead of increasing taxes on family farmers and small businesses.

Please oppose SB 1528 and the -8 amendment.

Thank you.

Senate Bill 1528

Senate Bill 1528 deals with tax credits for the Oregon Opportunity Tax Fund, which funds student financial aid. However, the -8 amendments, passed by the Senate Interim Committee on Finance and Revenue, would harm many family farms in two ways:

Increases taxes on sole proprietorships, limited liability corporations (LLCs) and S Corporations by $181 million by disconnecting from the federal pass-through entity deduction. This applies to 2018, after most businesses have planned their year.

Eliminates part of the 2013 Grand Bargain, in which the Oregon Legislature reduced personal income tax rates for these businesses in exchange for other concessions given up elsewhere. This provision would raise $30 million for the state by raising tax rates on small businesses for those with income over $250,000.

We urge members to write their Senator and their Representative and urge them to vote NO on Senate Bill 1528 as long as the -8 amendment is included.

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