Oregon Commuting laws & HR compliance analysis

Oregon Commuting: What you need to know

The state, under the auspices of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), encourages employers to promote use of public transportation and ridesharing alternatives for their employees.
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Oregon law defines “ridesharing” as transportation that is incidental to another purpose of a volunteer driver; that is, employees sharing a commute to work. Options include use of carpools and vanpools, buses and shuttles, and light rail. ODOT supports local rideshare programs across the state, developing computerized matching and referral services, giving presentations, and providing information and assistance to employers and employees.
Transit payroll tax programs. The Oregon Department of Revenue administers transit payroll tax programs directly to employers that pay wages for services performed in these districts: the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District, known as TriMet (three counties in the Portland area); and the Lane County Mass Transit District (Eugene/Springfield area). To access the ZIP codes involved, the annual tax rates, and the amount of standard deductions for individuals and married couples, go to http://www.oregon.gov/dor.
Rideshare taxes/licensing.No county, city, or municipality may impose a tax on or require a license for a voluntary ridesharing arrangement using a motor vehicle with a seating capacity of 15 or less (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 825.350).
Business Energy Tax Credit. The Business Energy Tax Credit program has been eliminated due to legislative changes. However, some employers that began projects under the tax credit may qualify for credit through 2014. For information, go to http://www.oregon.gov.
A rideshare arrangement is exempt ...

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