Do I Need to Register My Business in Oregon?

"Doing business" Means...

Do you expect to profit from your activities in Oregon? If so, you are probably doing business in Oregon. A taxpayer having one or more of the following in Oregon is clearly doing business in this state:

  • An office.
  • A place of business, other than an office, where affairs of the corporation are regularly conducted.
  • Employees or representatives providing services, such as accounting or personal services, to customers as the primary business activity.
  • Employees or representatives providing services incidental to the sale of tangible or intangible personal property, such as installation, inspection, maintenance, warranty, or repair of a product.
  • An economic presence through which the taxpayer regularly takes advantage of Oregon's economy to produce income.
  • A stock of goods.​​
Registration may be required to meet​ requirements of another agency your company is doing business with​.​

​Certain Activities Don't Mean You Are Doing Business

Certain activities, taken on their own, don't mean you are doing business in Oregon. Here are some examples:

  • Maintaining, defending or settling any proceeding.
  • Holding meetings of the board of directors or shareholders or carrying on other activities concerning internal corporate affairs.
  • Maintaining bank accounts.
  • Maintaining offices or agencies for the transfer, exchange and registration of the corporation's own securities or maintaining trustees or depositaries with respect to those securities.
  • Selling through independent contractors.
  • Soliciting or obtaining orders, whether by mail or through employees or agents or otherwise, if the orders require acceptance outside this state before they become contracts.
  • Creating or acquiring indebtedness, mortgages and security interests in real or personal property.
  • Securing or collecting debts or enforcing mortgages and security interests in property securing the debts.
  • Owning without more real or personal property.
  • Conducting an isolated transaction that is completed within 30 days and is not one in the course of repeated transactions of a like nature.
  • Transacting business in interstate commerce.
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Fast Track It:​ Register Online​​

Register your busi​ness and file annual reports online.

Find more information about who has to file in Oregon on the Oregon Department of Revenue website​.​​