Do you own property in Gallatin County? If so you should be receiving a “2019 Classification and Appraisal Notice” and it is very important you review the information for accuracy.

This document is issued by the Montana Department of Revenue and reviews how your property is classified and valued. For residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial properties the valuation occurs every two years. 2019 marks the first year of the next two-year valuation cycle. Forest land has a six-year valuation cycle with a current cycle of 2015-2020.

The information shown on the Classification and Appraisal Notice reflects the previous taxable value (2018) and the current taxable value (2019-2020). Depending on the classification of your property, i.e. residential, commercial, etc. your notice will reflect slightly different information.

What most people don’t know, you have the right to request the Department of Revenue conduct an informal classification and appraisal review. However, you have a limited time to submit your appeal. Once you receive your Classification and Appraisal Notice, you have 30 days to submit a Request for Informal Classification and Appraisal Review (Form AB-26). Any adjustments will be applied to the tax years of 2019 and 2020.

Another way to appeal these valuations is to go directly to your local tax appeal board instead of submitting Form AB-26. If you decide to go directly to your county tax appeal board, you need to submit your appeal to the county clerk within 30 days of receiving your Classification and Appraisal Notice. However, if you do miss the 30-day deadline, you can appeal your 2020 valuations if you submit a request to the county tax appeal board by June 1, 2020.

If you have reviewed your Classification and Appraisal Notice and the values seem accurate but you are having trouble paying your taxes, you may qualify for one of the following Property Tax Assistance Program.

Montana Disabled Veterans Program
Property Tax Assistance Program|
Elderly Homeowner/Renter Income Tax Credit
Land Value Property Tax Assistance for Residential Property.

To see if you qualify for any of these assistance programs or see obtain forms mentioned in this article visit or call the Montana Department of Revenue at (406) 582-3400.

If this article confused you at all, take a deep breath and give Tamara Williams a call at (406) 223-6823! We are more than happy to assist you in reviewing your valuations and appraisals.

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