City of Portland – Portland Arts Tax

On November 6, 2012, Portland voters passed the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (Arts Tax). This new income tax will fund Portland school teachers and art focused non-profit organizations in Portland.

The tax would not apply to everybody in Portland- just people who are at least 18 years old and make enough money to not be considered low-income-The following guide will help.


Persons in Household Poverty Guideline
1 $11,170
2 $15,130
3 $19,090
4 $23,050
5 $27,010
6 $30,970
7 $34,930

Each Portland resident, age 18 and older, must file. Your tax is $35

Income-earning” means the receipt of income from any source whatsoever, including, but not limited to, gainful employment, investments and gifts.  All income is considered, regardless of amount, whether it is taxable or non-taxable. Income can be from wages, self-employment, investments, rentals, retirement (including Social Security), disability, unemployment, spousal/child support, or any other source. This includes a spouse who may not work, folks who are retired and don’t fall under the poverty level, anyone who has lived in Portland within the year 2012 even part time.

You can mail your payment to:  P.O. Box 1278, Portland, OR 97207
File or Pay online at:   if you pay with ACH (electronic check) it is free.
Customer Service 503.865.4278 Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Or email:

FYI: Penalties- After April 15th / $15.00 after October 15th/ $35.00


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