Are you eligible for a permanent exemption from the Arts Tax?

CITY OF PORTLAND OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND FINANCE
BUREAU OF REVENUE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 19, 2015
Contact: Thomas W. Lannom  Revenue Division Director (503) 823-5154

Reminder: $35 Arts Tax Payment is Due April 15
The City of Portland Revenue Division is now accepting payments for the Arts Education and Access Income Tax (“Arts Tax”) approved by Portland voters in 2012. The annual tax is due on April 15 and is $35 for most Portland residents. Last week the Revenue Division began sending 142,000 Arts Tax reminder e-mails to Portlanders as the first step in a planned series of notifications.
Portlanders can file and pay the $35 Arts Tax online at www.portlandoregon.gov/artstax by selecting “File/Pay My 2014 Arts Tax.” It takes most people three to four minutes to complete the payment process and receive an e-mail receipt.
“It is our hope that many Portlanders will choose to file and pay online,” noted Revenue Division Director Thomas Lannom. “Paying online is fast, easy, green, and keeps administration costs low so more money flows to schools and arts organizations,” he added.

There are four other ways to file and pay the Arts Tax:
1) Taxpayers can file online and choose to pay by mailing in a check with a voucher they can print out from the website.
2) New this year, the Arts Tax form is available in leading tax preparation software products like H&R Block and TurboTax (starting March 5).
3) Taxpayers can pick up a paper tax return by visiting our office at 111 SW Columbia Street or their local library or neighborhood office beginning in March.
4) Taxpayers that have not filed by March 2 will receive a paper tax return in the mail. Filing online before March 2 removes the taxpayer from the list to receive a paper form which reduces program administration costs.

Also new this year:
1) A Permanent Senior Filing Exemption Program. Qualifying taxpayers 70 years
old or older with only non-taxable income (for example, Social Security, Federal Employee Retirement, Oregon Public Employee Retirement, U.S. Treasury interest) OR income below the 2014 federal poverty-level can request a permanent senior filing exemption. For more information call the Arts Tax helpline at 503-865-4ART (4278). A downloadable copy of the exemption form for seniors is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/article/519703.

2) The Arts Tax form is now available in 10 languages at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/66844.  Available languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Laotian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

The Arts Tax funds about 70 art and music teachers in Portland area schools as well as local arts organizations through a partnership with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC). Schools and RACC have received a combined $15.5 million to date.

Tax disbursement details are available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/revenue/64767. For a list of arts organizations receiving funding, visit the RACC website at www.RACC.org/AEAFgrants.

Have You Ever Gotten Something and Thought “That’s Unusual”?

Have you ever received a letter, an email or a phone call and thought  “that’s unusual”?
If you have, then you have taken the first step towards protecting yourself from financial fraud. And here is how you can learn more:
Tuesday, February 24th
2:00 – 3:30 pm
(in the US Bank room)
801 SW 10th Ave Portland, OR
 Come join our panel of experts from the:
+ Department of Justice,

+ Multnomah County Fraud Specialist Team 

+ Elders in Action 

Learn how you can avoid the latest scam, what to do if you see something suspicious and how you can stop future abuse in your community.

Our panel will discuss current trends and what is being done to go after the perpetrators. You have the Power to Protect yourself and your loved ones. Come join us and learn from the experts.

Power to Protect is    sponsored by Umpqua Bank. 

TriMet Proposal to Increase Honor Citizen Fares

TriMet is proposing to increase Honored Citizen fares by $0.25 for single tickets and $2 for monthly passes beginning September 1, 2015. This is the first increase for Honored Citizens since 2010, despite increases to fares for other riders.
TriMet is inviting interested community stakeholders to a public forum on March 5, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 pm at the TriMet Transit Mobility Center, 515 NW Davis Street in downtown Portland. Your participation will help shape TriMet’s strategy to make this fare increase as painless as possible for Honored Citizen riders.   Please RSVP to Nina Jones or 503-962-2337 if you would like to attend this discussion.
 For those interested in testifying on this proposed increase, TriMet Board meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of every month at 9 am. The hearings on the proposed Honored Citizen increase will be held on April 22 and May 27. For meeting locations and details on giving testimony click here.

 

Your Never too Old for Speed Dating!

? The Age of Love  ?

 Join us for a special Valentine’s Day screening of

The Age of Love.

Saturday, February 14 at 1:30pm | $8

 Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.

 

THE AGE OF LOVE follows the humorous and poignant adventures of thirty seniors in Rochester, NY who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event exclusively for 70- to 90-year-olds.
The film takes viewers where no documentary has gone before — directly into the lives of older singles who are looking for a new chance at love.
The screening is a benefit for Hollywood Senior Center and Elders in Action. Sponsored by AARP Oregon and Age-Friendly Portland.
? Buy advance tickets here.

For more info about the movie click here ?

   Right after the movie, join us for

Speed Dating for Adults 65+

Valentine’s Day
February 14, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
Hollywood Senior Center 
1820 Northeast 40th Avenue, Portland
Meet a new friend or companion at Portland’s very first speed dating event for older adults. Speed dating is a fun, lively way to meet like-minded singles – without worries or commitment.

Whether you’re seeking a companion, friend, or a soulmate, here’s your chance to get to know a variety of interesting people in a series of five minute one-on-one chats.  

Come join us – it will be fun.

 Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited.   The event is FREE!
You must register by February 12
For Info and Sign-Up: 503.288.8303
   

Upcoming Power to Protect  Event in February

Our next panel on preventing Elder Financial Fraud  is on:

 Tuesday,  February 24th
2:00 – 3:30 pm
(in the US Bank room)
801 SW 10th Ave   Portland, OR

This panel will provide you with the latest information concerning fraud prevention and be available to answer your questions about this issue.  For additional information call 503-235-5474 or email us.