2021 Tax Season: MT QuickFile Catching On

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By SANJAY TALWANI, Public Information Officer, MT Dept. of Revenue

It’s tax season again. And while no one’s excited to file their tax returns, the Montana Department of Revenue now has an online app for people with simple taxes that’s making electronic filing easier than ever—and getting folks their refunds faster than if they were to file on paper forms.

MT QuickFile

MT QuickFile is now available for Montanans who fulfill certain requirements:

  • Were full-year Montana residents in 2020;
  • Only have income documented on W-2, 1099-DIV or 1099-INT forms;
  • Do not have unemployment income;
  • Are filing as single, head of household, or married filing jointly;
  • Are taking the standard deduction;
  • Are not claiming any tax credits (other than the Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit.)

Montanans who meet all these criteria should check if they can use MT QuickFile. Just go to MTRevenue.gov/FilingOptions, and complete the short questionnaire. Those unable to file with MT QuickFile can find links to other approved tax software.

Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit

Seniors should also check if they qualify for the Elderly Homeowner/Renter Credit, worth up to $1,000. To receive the credit, a senior must have met the following requirements:

  • Turned at least 62 in 2020,
  • Occupied a Montana residence as a renter, owner, or lessee for at least six months in 2020,
  • Resided in Montana at least nine months in 2020,
  • Received a total income for all household members of $45,000 or less.
  • Residents who are not required to file any return at all can still claim the credit online at MTRevenue.gov.

Filing for Remote Work

Remember, if you’re a resident of another state but worked remotely in Montana for part of 2020, those wages earned while working in the state are taxable in Montana.

If you change your address after you file your return, update it with the department. Visit MTRevenue.gov for the form and instructions.

Extended State Tax Deadline

This year, you have an extra month to file. Governor Greg Gianforte has extended the filing deadline for Montana individual tax returns to May 17, from the usual date of April 15, to match the extended federal individual income tax deadline. MSN

For more information, visit MTRevenue.gov, or call (406) 444-6900.

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