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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 up to $5,000 in personal income tax credits to eligible ODs. Following is a brief guide relating to the application process and eligibility.

Although each application is reviewed on an individual basis and determinations cannot be made over the telephone, optometrists may be considered eligible if 60% or more of their professional practice time is spent in an eligible area of Oregon.

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 2013 Session. The following links outline the criteria for these two time periods: 

  1. Up to December 31, 2013 (includes Tax Year 2013)
  2. Beginning January 1, 2014 (includes Tax Year 2014 and beyond)

Additional Information

Questions? Contact , or toll-free at (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 four weeks during the months of December, January and February and within two weeks the rest of the year.