Taxes and Finance

If you have questions or concerns regarding a specific issue or problem that you are having, please contact the Congressman’s Portland office at 503-231-2300 or use the contact form on our website.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I be saving more money on my taxes?

The IRS estimates that 25% of taxpayers miss out on thousands of dollars every year because they fail to claim their Earned Income Tax Credit.

Did you purchase a home as your primary residence in 2008, 2009, or 2010? You may be eligible for the First-Time Homebuyer Credit.

If you are 60 years old or older, a member of the armed forces, or a low income taxpayer, you may qualify for free tax assistance programs.

 

Can the Congressman assist me with my tax return?

No. With a signed Privacy Release form, the Congressman's staff can obtain information about the status of a return or a taxpayer's individual tax account. Although congressional staff are not trained to directly assist in the preparation of returns or claims, if you are 60 years old or older, a member of the armed forces, or a low income taxpayer, you may qualify for free tax assistance programs.

 

Where can I call for local tax assistance?

The Portland IRS office can be reached at (503) 265-3501.

You may also call (503) 265-3591. This will put you through to the Taxpayer Advocate Service. This is department within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should.

 

Why do I have to pay taxes?

The 16th Amendment to the Constitution gave Congress the authority to collect taxes and Congress used the power to make laws requiring all individuals to pay taxes. Courts have historically held there are no constitutional or legal grounds for failure to file tax returns and pay taxes.