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The state's Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that it has processed 212,899 individual income tax returns so far for the 2016 tax year.

Refunds issued so far number 141,317, and the average refund totaled $447.16, the department said in a written release, adding that some refunds are taking longer due to extra security put in place to stem fraudulent tax return filings.

Taxpayers can go to www.revenue.mt.gov to find information on the status of their refund and read the answers to frequently asked questions about refunds in general. 

Taxes this year must be filed with the state by April 18.

Filing help by phone

People can get help filing their taxes by calling 866-859-2254 or 406-444-6900 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call center hours will be extended beginning April 15. Help will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, deadline day.

Walk-in help

Walk-in help is available at the Department of Revenue’s Helena office, 125 N. Roberts, east of the Capitol. 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 for free tax preparation assistance and to see a list of locations, visit montanafreefile.org or revenue.mt.gov under Other Resources.

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