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The Mission of the Association is to be Montana’s most trusted resource for nonpartisan tax and government spending information. MonTax will work with both the public and private sectors to develop fair, equitable and predictable tax policies and to insure that government provides value to the public.

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Jul 23, 2014
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Aug 15, 2014
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LATEST MONTAX NEWS

Jul 16, 2014
Coal Severance Tax Revenue and Distribution

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Jul 16, 2014
Oil and Natural Gas Production Revenue and Distribution

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Jun 13, 2014
DISTRICT COURT FINALLY RULES ON LUCAS CASE

The District Court in Roundup, Montana has finally issued a ruling in the Lucas case.  In the Lucas case a group of farmers and ranchers supported by the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and the Montana Taxpayers Association sued the Montana Department of Revenue over the methods it used in phasing in the new values it established in the 2009 reappraisal of agricultural land.  When the Department used new information to determine the use of parcels of agricultural land, and the acreage devoted to that use, in certain cases they did not use the customary practice of phasing those new values in over six years.  They instead placed all the newly calculated value on the tax rolls in the first year. As a result some property owners had significant tax increases that carried on through-out the six years of the appraisal cycle.

The District Court ruled in favor of the Department of Revenue on all of the issues that were contested in the suit.  In the meanwhile the length of the suit has left property owners, and taxing jurisdictions in limbo for six years, and the new reappraisal cycle is underway and will be going into effect next year.  The court decision is being evaluated to assess the possibility of appealing it to the Montana Supreme Court.

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