FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2017
Christie Magill, Public Information Officer, MT Dept. of Revenue
(406) 444-4331, Christie.Magill@mt.gov
Update on Tax Returns and Refunds from the Montana Department of Revenue
HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue has processed 212,899 individual income tax returns so far for the 2016 tax year including both electronic and paper returns, and has issued 141,317 refunds averaging $447.16. Some refunds are taking longer due to extra security and review procedures following an increase in fraudulent tax return filings.
Last year at this time, the department had processed 225,946 electronic and paper individual income tax returns and issued 190,490 refunds averaging $399.65. Taxpayers who electronically file their state income taxes typically receive their refunds faster than those who file by paper.
Taxpayers are encouraged to go online to the Department of Revenue’s website at www.revenue.mt.gov and read the Where’s My Refund FAQs. These questions and answers help taxpayers check the status of their tax refunds on the TransAction Portal website.
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 Saturday, April 15, help will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday, April 18, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Walk-in assistance is available at the Department of Revenue’s Helena office, which is located at 125 North Roberts, east of the Capitol. 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.