Rural Practitioner Tax Credit for Optometrists

Optometric tax credit

Oregon’s rural practitioner state income tax credit is authorized by Oregon Revised Statutes 315.613, 315.616, & 315.619. The Oregon Office of Rural Health is charged with administering this program, which grants personal income tax credits to eligible ODs. Following is a brief guide relating to the application process and eligibility.

The ORH also offers a map of all Rural Practitioner Tax Credit Recipients throughout the state.

Program Criteria

The Oregon Legislature updated the program criteria in the 2015 and 2017 sessions. The following links outline the criteria for these time periods: 

  1. Beginning January 1, 2014 (Tax Years 2014 and 2015)
  2. Beginning January 1, 2016 (Tax Years 2016 and 2017)
  3. Beginning January 1, 2018 (Tax Years 2018, 2019, 2020, & 2021)


Contact Eric Jordan | | 503-494-4451 | 866-674-4376, but remember that we cannot make a determination on your application until we receive and review it.

How soon after I submit my application or renewal can I expect a response?

You can expect to receive confirmation of your eligibility within six weeks (but probably sooner) during the months of January, February, and March and within two weeks the rest of the year.