Property owners may qualify for natural disaster tax relief

   The Montana Department of Revenue encourages Montana property owners whose homes or other property were damaged or destroyed during the June 11 tornado in Fallon County to apply for property tax relief.

  A property owner whose home or outbuildings were partially or totally destroyed by the tornado, making the property unsuitable for its previous use, may be eligible for property tax relief. Businesses whose equipment was destroyed may also qualify.

   The tax relief is prorated based on the number of days in the tax year that the property is unusable. The relief is available for the current tax year. The department asks property owners to complete Form AB-25 Natural Disaster Application to apply for the property tax relief. They will need to complete the application by December 31, 2016.

   Form AB-25 is available at all Department of Revenue local offices and on the department’s website at: The Fallon County office contacts and phone numbers in Baker are LaRita Huether at 406-778-7172 and Lisa Rieger at 406-778-7156. The office is located at the courthouse, 10 West Fallon, Baker.

   “Tornados can be devastating and we are sorry for Montanans who may lose homes and other property to tornados or any natural disaster,” said Revenue Director Mike Kadas. “This tax relief can be significant and help provide some relief as property owners recover from destruction.”

   The state’s natural disaster property tax relief also covers properties damaged by flood or wildfire.

   Montana property owners who experience a natural disaster-related loss of a dwelling also may be eligible for an income tax deduction. In addition, the department can issue replacement copies of property records, past year income tax returns, or other revenue-related information that is lost in a tornado.

   For more information, contact your local Department of Revenue Office. You can also phone the call center toll free at 866-859-2254 or visit the department’s website at