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Bill Would Have Tax Collectors Back Off Poor, Disabled

(Salem, OR)  --  A bill that would put new controls on how state tax collectors deal with low-income residents is moving through the Oregon Legislature.  The House Revenue Committee has approved a measure that would direct the Revenue Department to suspend collection of taxes owed by poor and disabled residents.  A Department of Revenue spokeswoman told "The Oregonian" that the agency has been criticized for being too aggressive with its tactics.  Under the measure, collection of unpaid taxes would be suspended if it's determined the taxpayer's income doesn't exceed 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines.

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