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Hear the latest on Covid in Oregon Friday with Gov. Kate Brown, OHA, OHSU

about 1 month ago

Oregonians won't have to pay taxes on first $10,200 in 2020 unemployment benefits

A line of people wait to apply for a one-time $500 relief payment at the OnPoint Community Credit Union in West Salem on Thursday, August 20. At 4:45 p.m., with more than 175 people still in line, a credit union employee let those waiting know that OnPoint would be closing at 5:30 p.m. (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

The record number of Oregonians who received unemployment benefits last year can breathe a little easier. 

The most recent Covid stimulus package signed into law Thursday by President Joe Biden exempts up to $10,200 of unemployment benefits received during 2020 from taxes, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Revenue.

The exemption is per individual and applies to households with less than $150,000 in adjusted gross income.

The change comes as Tax Day, April 15, approaches. The Oregon Department of Revenue said in a press release that affected taxpayers should wait for further information from the IRS and the department before taking action. The recommendation includes those who have yet to file as well as those who’ve already filed their 2020 federal and state taxes and may need to file an amended return.

The Department of Revenue says it will issue further guidance to the change in the law on its website.

The department advises taxpayers who received unemployment benefits last year but haven’t received a Form 1099-G to contact the Oregon Employment Department at 503-947-1320. 

The department says that Oregonians seeking tax forms, wanting to check the status of a refund or make payments should visit www.oregon.gov/dor or email [email protected] 

-Jake Thomas

about 1 month ago

Governor seeks judge applicants for Marion County Justice Court vacancy

Gov. Kate Brown is seeking applications for an upcoming vacancy on the Marion County Justice Court.

Judge Janice Zyryanoff is retiring on June 30, according to a news release.

Interested applicants should mail completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. 

The governor is encouraging applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. The requirements for office are defined in Oregon law.

For questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or [email protected].

-Saphara Harrell

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the court that has a vacancy. It is the Marion County Justice Court.

about 1 month ago

Hear the latest on Covid in Oregon Friday with Gov. Kate Brown, OHA, OHSU

Gov. Kate Brown announces new state restrictions in a news conference in Portland on Thursday, March 12. (Jonathan House/Pamplin Media)

At 11 a.m. Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will join state health officials and scientists from Oregon Health and Science University for a press conference about the pandemic and the state's vaccination effort.

On Thursday night, President Joe Biden ordered states to make vaccines available to all adults by May 1, two months ahead of the timeline the Oregon Health Authority had previously established. Brown and health officials have not yet said how their plans will change in light of the order.

Friday marks one year since Brown's late night order for schools across Oregon to close as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. Now, the governor has ordered public schools across the state to resume in-person classes at least part time by March 29 for elementary school students, and April 19 for middle and high school.

The press conference will stream live on YouTube here.

-Rachel Alexander

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