FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2016
Mary Ann Dunwell, Public Information Officer, MT Dept. of Revenue
(406) 444-6700, MDunwell@mt.gov
Molly Petersen, Public Information Specialist, MT Dept. of Revenue
(406) 444-4331, MollyPetersen@mt.gov
Update on Tax Returns and Refunds From the Montana Department of Revenue
HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue has processed 244,483 individual income tax returns so far for the 2015 tax year including both electronic and paper returns, and has issued 204,396 refunds averaging $403.
Last year at this time, the department had processed 232,118 electronic and paper individual income tax returns and issued 194,983 refunds averaging $406. Taxpayers who electronically file their state income taxes typically receive their refunds faster than those who file by paper.
Like last tax season, some refunds are taking longer due to extra security and review procedures following an increase in fraudulent tax return filings. Since this tax season opened on January 19, the department has blocked 188 fraudulent returns totaling $220,245.
Taxpayers are encouraged to go online to the Department of Revenue website at revenue.mt.gov/online_services/wheres-my-refund and read the Where’s My Refund FAQs. These questions and answers help taxpayers check the status of their tax refunds on Taxpayer Access Point.
April 18 is the deadline for filing taxes this year. If taxpayers need filing assistance, they can call the department’s call center toll-free at (866) 859-2254, or in Helena at 444-6900. Regular call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call center will have extended hours during the last week of tax season. Beginning Thursday and Friday, April 14 and 15, help will be available from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; on Saturday, April 16, hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Monday, April 18, hours will be 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Walk-in assistance is available at the Department of Revenue’s Helena and Missoula offices. The Helena office is located at 125 North Roberts, east of the Capitol, and the Missoula office is located at 2681 Palmer Street. There are also more than 100 volunteer tax preparation sites around the state through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Tax-Aide Montana. To find out if you qualify for free tax preparation assistance and to see a list of locations, visit www.montanafreefile.org or revenue.mt.gov under Other Resources.