Montana Department of Revenue

The state Revenue Department has intercepted 529 fraudulent returns totaling almost $583,000 since tax season opened January 20.

Department spokeswoman, Molly Peterson, says most of the phony returns are the result of identity theft.

"For example, when a large corporation has its credit card information stolen from all of its customers, tax fraudsters can take that information and use it to file fraudulent tax returns."

Peterson says it's tough to find and prosecute tax return scammers because they're so good at covering their tracks.

Dept. Of Revenue: Business Equipment Tax Cuts Will Increase Local Taxes

Jan 28, 2015
Montana Legislature

Legislators are grappling over whether a proposal to further reduce Montana’s business equipment tax is a tax cut or a tax shift.

For proponents, the issue is clear. This tax on items like combines or welding equipment is punitive and stifles growth.

Tax Cuts Up For Debate At The Capitol

Jan 20, 2015
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Montana lawmakers are considering whether to approve a one-time only tax cut or a slight reduction across all income tax brackets.

The two tax bills were heard Monday before the House Taxation Committee. From Helena, Yellowstone Public Radio’s Jackie Yamanaka has more.

  Elected officials in the Helena area are trying to remind people about their options for reducing their state property taxes.

Those opportunities exist for veterans, elderly and people of low income. 

Leaders are looking to educate at the Helena Food Share. 

  Click here for information on the Property Tax Assistance Program