Why is the Oregon weight-distance tax so high?

Discussion in 'Trucker Taxes and Truck Financing' started by PE_T, Jan 3, 2020.

  1. PE_T

    PE_T Road Train Member

    I’m referring to the permit required to operate in OR, just like the other permits in NM, KY, and NY. My OR tax is always high, while the other three states are much lower. I’m guessing it has something to do with driving more miles in the state?
     
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  3. Dave_in_AZ

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    Oregon is $0.20 mile.
     
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  4. PE_T

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    So it costs about $75 just one way on I-84 to Portland from Idaho. Heading back out to Idaho will make a total of $150. Hmm. I may have to rethink my routes to see if OR can be avoided. And the same goes for the other three states!
     
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  5. Dave_in_AZ

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    That is about the size of it. You wanna buy enough fuel while your there to cover your Oregon miles, as long as you get the tax exemption at the pump, which you will, it's your license plate, unless you're going into the communist state, then it's still cheaper to fuel there, and send IFTA a few bucks for the communist state miles.
     
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  6. PE_T

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    Why does the OR fuel tax exemption exist? What’s the purpose? Aren’t we going to pay them anyway through IFTA? I’m confused.
     
  7. Dave_in_AZ

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    Oregon doesn't collect IFTA
     
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  8. spyder7723

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    Oregon isn't part of ifta. As for the why it's real simple, states have the right to decide these things, they decided against it. Now if that was the right decision is a separate arguement. Personally I wish all states erod ho to a straight fuel tax through ifta and do away with the ton/mileage and surcharges, but in not a resident of those states, so got no say in how they do it.
     
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  9. PE_T

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    I argued somewhere here in this site taking your position, but then changed my mind. I don’t remember why.

    Anyway, so the fuel tax exemption is only available to apportioned plates who are not based in OR? Does that also mean that locals in OR pay fuel taxes and do not have to pay for the weight-distance tax like we do?
     
  10. Roberts450

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    If you’ve ever noticed with the Or fuel tax exemption or PUC you get like a 20 or so cent discount on fuel but yet they charge you the miles driven in the state. Keeps you from buying cheeper fuel in the other states then running through oregon. Just their way of collecting tax “for road repair”. Notice I put it in quotes because we all know it dont go to fixing the roads. I pay between $1000 and $2000 a month for road tax in Oregon, but I also run heavy up here and all my customers are Or, Id and Wa.
     
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  11. Dave_in_AZ

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    I don't know about Oregon based carriers.

    Oregon doesn't charge sales tax.

    The pump will ask for your Oregon fuel tax permit - It's your license plate. Save you like $0.28 gallon.
     
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