New deadline set to pay Portland arts tax

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New deadline set to pay Portland arts tax


by KGW staff

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Posted on May 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 10:09 AM

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PORTLAND – After computer issues delayed online payments of Portland's arts tax, a new deadline for the payment has been set. Payments are now due by June 10.

The tax was expected to raise $12 million a year for art and music teachers and art-related groups and projects.

May 15 was supposed to be the deadline to pay the Portland arts tax. But a technical issue arose with online payments Wednesday evening, forcing the city to extend the deadline.

"Computer woes," Mayor Charlie Hales tweeted that evening.

According to the Bureau  of Revenue web page, online payments are now being accepted again. Residents can also pay by mail or in person.

To prevent the online payment system from overloading, City technical personnel implemented measures to limit the number of concurrent filers on the site at any one time.

ONLINE: File your Arts Tax online

IN PERSON: Revenue Bureau, 111 SW Columbia Street, Suite 600.

Voters in Portland passed the tax last November with 62 percent of voters agreeing to the $35 tax.

So far, the City of Portland’s Revenue Bureau reported more than $6 million in arts tax payments from around 220,000 people.

Every income-earning adult in the city of Portland is required to pay the arts tax. Those who are under the poverty line must file an exemption form and are not required to pay any tax.

People who earn less than $1,000 a year are also not required to pay the tax.

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