Montana Back Tax Relief Guide: How to Resolve MT Tax Problems

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The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) operates in a way that’s similar to the IRS in terms of income tax regulation. One of the DOR’s primary functions is to ensure that all tax revenue is properly collected. Residents who owe unfiled or unpaid taxes may find themselves facing penalties and accruing interest if they address their tax debt. If you owe back taxes in Montana, the Department of Revenue offers several options to help you resolve the situation.

Montana Payment Plan

If you can’t afford to pay the full amount of back taxes owed, you may be able to qualify for a payment plan. As a general rule, the Department of Revenue does not accept payment plans for less than $50 a month and plans can last no more than twelve months. Short-term plans are available when no other payment options are available.

If you’re not able to pay more than $50 a month or you need more time to pay, the DOR will still consider your application; however, you’ll need to provide a complete financial statement before the plan is approved. You may also be subject to a lien against your property until the tax debt is paid.

To apply for a payment plan, you must complete Form ARC-1, Request for Payment Plan and submit it to the Department of Revenue. You can return your form by faxing it to (406) 444-0750, emailing it to [email protected] or mailing it to Montana Department of Revenue, PO Box 1712, Helena MT 59604.

If your payment plan is approved, you’ll need to set up an automatic bank deduction from your checking or savings account. Payments can be made weekly, biweekly or monthly, depending on your preference.

Offer in Compromise

When you owe back taxes, penalties and interest continue to accrue, which can make it seemingly impossible to pay the balance down. In cases where a taxpayer is unlikely to repay the debt in full, the Department of Revenue may consider accepting an Offer in Compromise. An Offer in Compromise allows you to propose a settlement of the tax debt, wherein you pay a specific amount and the remaining balance is eliminated. You can request an Offer in Compromise by writing to the Department of Revenue and explaining why you’re unable to repay the full balance. Requests can be mailed to:

Montana Department of Revenue
PO Box 6308 
Helena, MT 59604

Voluntary Disclosure Program

If you think you owe back taxes, the Montana Department of Revenue encourages you to take advantage of the Voluntary Disclosure Program. The program is designed to help taxpayers avoid additional penalties and fees by voluntarily registering to pay their back tax obligation. In order to participate in the program, you must not have had any previous contact with the DOR regarding your tax liability, including receipt of an audit notification. You must agree to pay all of the unpaid tax plus any interest that has accrued as a result.

If You Need Additional Help

The Montana Department of Revenue wants taxpayers who have questions or concerns about unpaid or unfiled taxes to be able to access the information they need. For general questions or concerns, you can call the DOR at 1 (866) 859-2254 or 444-6900 if you’re in the Helena area.

If you prefer to contact the DOR by mail, general inquiries can be directed to:

PO Box 6308 
Helena, MT 59604

Questions about the Voluntary Disclosure Program can be sent to:

Voluntary Disclosure Program 
Montana Department of Revenue  
P.O. Box 5805 
Helena, Montana 59604-5805

To visit the DOR in person:

Sam W. Mitchell Bldg. 
125 N. Roberts, 3rd Floor 
Helena, Montana

To contact the Montana DOR via email or to find additional contact information, visit the Department of Revenue’s contact page

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