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Where’s My Refund? Montana Refunds Taking Additional Time Due to Fraud Prevention Efforts

  • 30 March 2017
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HELENA – Due to fraud prevention efforts, the Montana Department of Revenue is taking additional time to process income tax refunds.

“The Department of Revenue takes identity theft very seriously and we appreciate the taxpayers’ patience as we leverage our identity verification tools to ensure tax refunds are not going to someone who’s stolen personal, confidential information,” Revenue Director Mike Kadas said in a statement.

As one of the strategies to help combat identity theft, selected taxpayers will receive an identity verification letter from the department that lays out steps to confirm their identity to the department, such as having the taxpayer provide an identification number and send supporting documents. A common scheme has been for a fraudster to steal taxpayer information from an employer. The most recent example involved the denial of 56 fraudulent returns filed this spring. The company’s employees and spouses often don’t even realize that they’ve been victimized until they receive the verification letter from the department. So far, this process has proven to be a success.

Since 2011, the department has blocked approximately $5 million filed by identity thieves seeking to claim tax refunds that don’t belong to them. As part of unprecedented Security Summit partnership, the department is working together with the IRS, the tax software industry and other states to protect federal and state tax accounts from identity thieves.

The number of new people reporting stolen identities on federal tax returns fell by more than 50% last year with similar drops in Montana. However, cybercriminals are using more sophisticated tactics to steal even more data that allow them to impersonate taxpayers, so systems and processes continue to be strengthened.

Taxpayers can visit the Department of Revenue’s website at revenue.mt.gov for more information about how to check the status of their refund. The “Where’s My Refund” FAQs also provides answers to help taxpayers check their refund status. Information about recent scams and steps to take if you are a victim of identity theft can be found on the Identity Theft and Fraud Prevention Information page.

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Montana Department of Revenue - News Releases


2015 News Releases

April 8, 2015 - Montana Department of Revenue Expands Service as Tax Deadline Approaches

March 26, 2015 - MT Dept. of Revenue seeks volunteers to provide training to liquor establishments

March 24, 2015 - Montana Tax Appeal Board rules in favor of Montana Department of Revenue in income tax dispute with Blixseth

March 20, 2015 - Montana Tax Appeal Board rules in favor of Montana Department of Revenue in property valuation dispute with Abbey/Land

March 20, 2015 - Montana Energy Incentives Remain in Effect for 2014 Tax Year

March 18, 2015 - Montana Department of Revenue Updates on Tax Returns and Refunds

February 12, 2015 - Montana Dept. of Revenue updates taxpayers on tax fraud and refund precautions

February 10, 2015 - Department of Revenue reminds property owners of tax exemption and reporting deadlines

February 6, 2015 - Montana Department of Revenue alerts taxpayers to tax fraud from identity theft

January 20, 2015 - Department of Revenue Encourages Montanans to Guard Against Identity Theft During Tax Season

January 15, 2015 - E-File Your Montana Taxes to Get Your Refund Faster

January 8, 2015 - Department of Revenue Announces New Online Service for Reporting Livestock

January 8, 2015 - MT Dept. of Revenue seeks volunteers to provide training to liquor establishments

January 7, 2015 - MT Dept. of Revenue Now Offers Online Personal Property Reporting


2014 News Releases

December 19, 2014 - Montana Department of Revenue Releases 2012-2014 Biennial Report

December 2, 2014 - Dept. of Revenue Announces New Online Filing Service for Withholding Tax Forms

December 1, 2014 - MT Dept. of Revenue Launches New Online Alcohol Server Training Tools

November 19, 2014 - MT Department of Revenue comments on tax effects of marriage equality ruling

October 29, 2014 - MT Department of Revenue Announces New Deputy Director

October 28, 2014 - Kids Hanging Out Campaign Educates Adults About Teen Alcohol Dependency

October 14, 2014 - Department of Revenue Reminds Businesses to Submit Unclaimed Property Report

September 9, 2014 - Department of Revenue Takes Property Reappraisal Information Sessions on the Road

August 27, 2014 - Department of Revenue Encourages Montanans to Check Local Newspapers for Unclaimed Cash

August 19, 2014 - Revenue Department Schedules Agricultural Advisory Committee Meeting

August 7, 2014 - Revenue Department Certifies Property Taxable Values for Montana Counties

August 1, 2014 - Revenue Director Convenes Meeting of Local Government Advisory Council

July 31, 2014 - Liquor License Availabilities for Billings, Sidney, Dillon, Plains, and Broadwater and Jefferson Counties

July 23, 2014 - Online Auction of Unclaimed Property Begins Today

July 2, 2014 - Verizon and Montana Department of Revenue Reach Settlement of Property Valuation Dispute

June 17, 2014 - Montana Department of Revenue Reminds Businesses that Unclaimed Property Reporting Period Ends June 30

May 22, 2014 - Montana Department of Revenue Holds Online Auction of Unclaimed Property

April 24, 2014 - Montana Department of Revenue Warns of Email Scam

April 21, 2014 - A New Online Service Simplifies the Process of Obtaining and Renewing Business Licenses

April 14, 2014 - Tax Revenue Helps Provide the Quality of Life Montanans Enjoy

April 8, 2014 - Department of Revenue Expands Service as Tax Deadline Approaches

March 18, 2014 - Montana Department of Revenue issues 197,821 tax refunds, processes 230,621 tax returns

March 14, 2014 - Montana Revenue Department encourages owners of flood-damaged property to apply for tax relief

March 13, 2014 - Montana energy incentives remain in effect for 2013 tax year

March 7, 2014 - Montana Revenue Department averting tax fraud from identity theft

February 20, 2014 - Department of Revenue reminds property owners of tax exemption and reporting deadlines

February 14, 2014 - Revenue Department seeks volunteers to provide training to liquor establishments

January 21, 2014 - Revenue Department Encourages Montanans to Guard Against Identity Theft During Tax Season

January 15, 2014 - Get your Montana individual income tax refund quicker by e-filing starting January 21


2013 News Releases

November 6, 2013 - CHS and the Montana Department of Revenue reach settlement of Laurel refinery property valuation dispute

October 16, 2013 - Revenue department reminds businesses to submit unclaimed property report

September 30, 2013 - New Montana law makes it easier to order wine directly from wineries

August 27, 2013 - Revenue department encourages Montanans to check local newspapers for unclaimed cash

August 7, 2013 - Revenue Department reminds volunteers interested in providing training to liquor establishments, that the application deadline is August 16, 2013

July 30, 2013 - Owners of property damaged by wildfire, natural disaster may qualify for tax relief

July 26, 2013 - Park County Department of Revenue assessor's office moving

June 19, 2013 - Montana Department of Revenue reaches tax compromise with Puget Sound Energy

June 3, 2013 - Revenue Department seeks volunteers to provide training to liquor establishments

May 14, 2013 - Businesses able to obtain and renew licenses in one convenient place

April 15, 2013 - Tax Revenue fuels Montana's quality of life

April 11, 2013 - Revenue Director to hold a tax deadline day news conference

April 8, 2013 - Montana Department of Revenue Offers Mobile Application Payment Option to Taxpayers

April 2, 2013 - MT Department of Revenue expands service as tax season nears end

March 13, 2013 - Revenue Department gives tax guidance to Tribal members about settlement money

March 12, 2013 - Taxpayers who file electronically receive state refund in matter of days

February 13, 2013 - Department of Revenue reminds property owners of deadline to apply for tax exemption

January 23, 2013 - Montana Department of Revenue and partners present Revenue Day at the Capitol

January 15, 2013 - Thousands of Montanans Could be Eligible for Property Tax Relief

January 9, 2013 - Get your Montana income tax refund quicker by e-filing starting January 22


2012 News Releases

December 27, 2012 - Montana Department of Revenue Releases Its 2010-2012 Biennial Report

November 16, 2012 - Revenue Department Analysis Shows Downside of Corporate Tax Reduction

November 8, 2012 - Revenue Department to Hold Liquor License Lottery

October 30, 2012 - Per Capita Fee Statements To Be Mailed Out November 1 - view PDF

October 9, 2012 - Revenue Department Announces State Income Tax Deferrals on Forced Livestock Sales

August 31, 2012 - DOR Publishes Liquor License Availabilities for Billings and Broadwater and Liberty Counties

July 3, 2012 - Owners of fire-impacted property, forests may qualify for property tax relief

April 6, 2012 - Department of Revenue Offers Last-Minute State Income Tax Assistance

March 23, 2012 - Revenue Department Offers Advice to Taxpayers

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Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee - 03/11/2016
Revenue and Transporation Interim Committee - 03/10/2016

2015 Presentations

Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee - 12/01/2015
Montana Conference of Education Leadership - 10/15/2015
League of Cities and Towns - 10/08/2015
Montana Nonprofit Associations - 10/02/2015
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You can look up liquor license information on TAP in the Liquor section. You can search for license information by city, county, license ID, license type, or name. For example, you can look up how many distilleries and breweries are currently licensed in Montana, or you can find out who owns the license for that bar that just closed down in your town. Other licensing information is available on our Liquor Control website and in the Biennial Report

 

You can look up tax revenue and lots of other tax information in the department’s Biennial Report. Wondering about revenue from the coal severance or the oil and natural gas tax? It’s in there. Need to know the amount of property taxes paid in your county? It’s in there. Liquor taxes and sales? They’re in there, too.