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Oregonians Will Soon Find Out If They'll Receive A Kicker

Chris Lehman
Northwest News Network

Oregonians will find out Wednesday if they'll receive a kicker rebate on their taxes next year.

The kicker is that unique Oregon institution that dishes out money to taxpayers when the state's official economists under-predict how much revenue the state will collect over a two-year period.

At their last update in May, those economists pegged it at a two-in-three chance that the kicker would kick this year. They said it could mean that more than $400 million in state revenue would be sent back to taxpayers when they file their tax returns next spring.

That would mean a typical taxpayer would get around $85 back.

The August revenue forecast at the state Capitol is when those numbers are finalized. But a slight swing in the numbers could mean no kicker at all. 

Copyright 2017 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.