SB 1569 will allow people to share race and ethnicity data on their tax forms, on a voluntary basis. The collection of this information will help Oregon make better-informed policies to address tax policy related inequities faced by communities of color.
Equity is an important Oregon value, but there is much work to be done in many areas to achieve equity. An area that impacts racial and economic equity is tax policy. However, the current tax system does not collect the type of data needed to assess the realities, inequities, and other impacts faced by communities of color as a result of our tax policies.
With SB 1569, the Oregon Legislature has the opportunity to create opportunities for taxpayers to share their race and ethnicity data on a voluntary opt-in basis. Taxpayers who do not wish to share this information can select to not provide this information. The bill also includes mechanisms to protect this information to ensure it is not used for any inappropriate purpose. The collection of this information will help Oregon make better-informed policies to address tax policy related inequities faced by communities of color.