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In May 2020 voters in greater Portland approved a measure to raise money for supportive housing services for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The program is funded by a 1% tax on taxable income of more than $125,000 for individuals and $200,000 for couples filing jointly, and a 1% tax on profits from businesses with gross receipts of more than $5 million.
Other Metro programs and projects are funded through bond measures or property tax levies. This is the first program at Metro that uses personal and business income taxes, and it is the first local personal income tax in the region since Multnomah County’s personal income tax ended in 2006.
Work is underway preparing the tax collection systems for these new taxes, which became effective in 2021. A supportive housing services tax implementation advisory table made up of experts in taxation advised Metro on new income tax codes which were adopted by Metro Council in December 2020. Metro is also collaborating with the City of Portland who has the experience, technical capability and staff to collect these taxes for Metro.
For questions regarding this tax, please contact the tax administrator at the City of Portland Revenue Division: [email protected] or 503-865-4748.
Learn more about Metro Code related to this tax
How do I know if I’m within Metro’s jurisdiction?
To determine whether your residence, workplace and/or earned business income is within Metro's jurisdiction, enter the property address into the Find your councilor tool. If the results provide you with a Metro Councilor, then the property is within Metro's jurisdiction and may be subject to the personal or business income tax.
2020 supportive housing services tax implementation schedule
|Administrative rules – subscribe to SHS tax updates to receive notification when public comment period begins
|Portland Revenue Online available for registration and payments of estimated taxes and payroll withholding
|First quarterly withholding report due
|First tax returns for calendar year filers due
||April 15, 2022
Beginning April 1, businesses will be able to register and make payments of estimated business taxes and payroll withholding.
Information for payroll providers
This 53-minute video presentation and accompanying presentation slides discuss the details of the new withholding tax programs for Metro and Multnomah County.