Montana Department of Revenue

HELENA – The Montana Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that they can receive tax refunds sooner if they file returns electronically by using the department’s free e-file service at revenue.mt.gov.

While Jan. 22 is the start date for e-filing Montana taxes, the IRS has announced Jan. 30 as the date that federal tax returns can be e-filed.

Those using paper forms to file returns can print the 2012 Montana tax forms online or pick them up at libraries, post offices, county offices and some banks. The department won’t begin processing those forms until Feb. 5 at the earliest.

Regardless of how early tax returns are filed via paper, those who e-file will receive refunds earlier due to the extended time required to process paper.

Taxpayer assistance is available year-round through the department’s call center, which is prepared to answer individual income tax questions as well as most questions about Montana’s tax system.

The department’s call center can be reached at (866) 859-2254 or (406) 444-6900. Regular call center hours are from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Watch for extended hours during the last week of tax season.

In addition, the department has walk-in assistance at the Helena and Missoula offices. There are also more than 100 volunteer tax preparation sites around the state through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and AARP Tax-Aide Montana.

To find out if you qualify and to see a comprehensive listing of locations, visit montanafreefile.org.