Taxpayer Advocate Provides New Momentum For Oregon Taxpayers’ Rights Bill

The Department of Revenue in Oregon is reminding people of rights that they have enjoyed for more than 30 years; nonetheless, a large number of taxpayers are just unaware of what those rights are.

Together with Oregon’s Taxpayer Advocate, the Oregon Department of Revenue (ODR) is kicking off a new initiative today to educate Oregon taxpayers about their rights under the law, well in advance of the 2023 tax season.

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Even though the Taxpayer Bill of Rights was established by the legislature more than three decades ago, “many taxpayers really don’t know what their rights are,” according to Codi Trudell, the first Taxpayer Advocate for the state of Oregon.

Trudell’s appointment as the state’s first Taxpayer Advocate began in January. She believes that protecting taxpayer rights is crucial for maintaining a successful voluntary compliant tax system, and she asks, “How can people claim their rights if they don’t know what those rights are?”

Your Rights as an Oregon Taxpayer, 150-800-406, is the online address of a page that provides an overview of the rights of Oregon taxpayers along with supporting information.

In addition to the functions of Google Translate that are already available for DOR webpages, the new webpage features five translations that users can access by clicking on links. These languages include Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Taxpayers can access tools that provide information on how to appeal decisions and how to get in touch with the DOR for assistance with questions regarding taxpayer rights.

Taxpayer Advocate Provides New Momentum
Taxpayer Advocate Provides New Momentum

The mission of the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, which was established in 2021 as a result of legislation passed by the legislature, includes assisting taxpayers in gaining an understanding of their rights as well as putting those rights into practice when navigating the tax system.

The office of the taxpayer advocate is an independent body that was established to provide taxpayers a voice and serve as a resource for them.

Trudell said, “As Oregon’s Taxpayer Advocate, my hope is that through this new approach both department staff and Oregon taxpayers will grow more familiar with, and better understand, taxpayer rights and agency responsibilities.”

Trudell was referring to the fact that he hopes both groups will grow more familiar with and better understand taxpayer rights and agency responsibilities.

To obtain tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments, go to www.oregon.gov/dor; alternatively, you can contact the toll-free number 800-356-4222 from an Oregon prefix.

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