A new state law requires all owners of tax exempt real property to reapply for property tax exemption. Montana Department of Revenue spokesperson, Molly Peterson says very few nonprofit organizations and other tax exempt property owners have sent in their applications.
Ever since a Montana Supreme Court decision found that the Montana Department of Revenue had incorrectly taxed AT&T’s intangible personal property, both AT&T and the state of Montana have been in settlement negotiations over what to do with the money.
Taxes on cell phones are higher than nearly all other goods, but, according to the Tax Foundation, Montanans pay the fourth lowest cell phone tax rates in the country. Tax Foundation spokesman Joe Henchman explains the new study.