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Strong Passwords Help Keep Tax Data Safe

Passwords are often the key to guarding access to personal information and data stored on computers or sent over email. Because most taxpayers file their returns electronically and access account information online, it is critical for taxpayers to not only create...

OWNERS WHO RENT TOURIST OR VACATION HOMES HAVE STATE TAX RESPONSIBILITY

CONTACTMary Ann Dunwell, Public Information Officer, MT Dept. of Revenue(406) 444-6700, (406) 461-2648, mdunwell@mt.gov Owners who rent tourist or vacation homes have state tax responsibility Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue reminds people who rent a room,...

Gifts to Charity: Six Facts About Written Acknowledgements

Throughout the year, many taxpayers contribute money or gifts to qualified organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Taxpayers who plan to claim a charitable deduction on their tax return must do two things: Have a bank record or...

Private Debt Collection

The IRS began a new private collection program of certain overdue federal tax debts selecting four contractors to implement it. The IRS will always notify a taxpayer before transferring their account to a private collection agency (PCA). First, the IRS will send a...

Owners of Property Damaged by Wildfire May Qualify for Tax Relief

The Montana Department of Revenue reminds property owners whose homes or other property are damaged or destroyed during wildfire or other natural disaster that they can apply for property tax assistance. A property or land owner whose home, outbuildings or forest land...

Annual Unclaimed Property Newspaper Publications

Every year in Montana, money and other personal assets go unclaimed. You or someone you know may be one of the owners of that unclaimed property held in trust by the state. This week, we began publishing in statewide newspapers the names of the owners of this property...

Lodging Tax Requirements for Tourist & Vacation Home Rentals

Renting a room, apartment, or home on a short-term basis (less than 30 days) has increased with the emergence of websites that connect owners and users such as Airbnb, VRBO and Craig's List. The owner renting out short-term lodging in Montana must obtain a sales and...