House Bill No. 87
Introduced By m. hanson
By Request of the Department of Revenue
A Bill for an Act entitled: An Act eliminating the requirement that the department of revenue notify taxpayers by certified mail when the department plans to assess the property of a taxpayer who has refused to furnish information; amending section
15-1-303, MCA; and providing an immediate effective date.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 15-1-303, MCA, is amended to read:
"15-1-303. Penalty for refusal to furnish information. (1) If a person refuses to allow inspection of any books or
records when requested by the department or refuses or neglects to furnish any information called for by the department in
the performance of its official duties relating to the assessment and taxation of property, the department shall make a
determination and assessment of the property as in its judgment appears to be just and equitable and may add to the
assessment an amount not to exceed 20% of the assessment as a penalty for the refusal or neglect. The department shall
immediately notify the person assessed of its action, either by
certified mail or by personal service of the notice.
(2) Upon receiving an assessment made pursuant to subsection (1), the taxpayer has the following remedies:
(a) Within 15 days after receipt of the assessment, the taxpayer may request an informal conference with the department.
At the conference, the taxpayer may present evidence in mitigation or extenuation of the failure to supply the information
requested by the department. Within 10 days after the conference, the department shall notify the taxpayer by
whether the assessment will be modified. The department may modify the penalty if the taxpayer presents sufficient
evidence in mitigation or extenuation of the failure to supply the information sought by the department and if it finds that
the taxpayer did not willfully refuse to supply the information.
(b) If the taxpayer is aggrieved as a result of the informal conference, the taxpayer may appeal to the county tax appeal board within 20 days after receipt of the decision of the department. The county tax appeal board has the authority to modify the:
(i) assessment only if it finds that the assessment exceeds 100% of the value of the property specified in 15-8-111; and
(ii) penalty if the taxpayer presents by a preponderance of the evidence facts in mitigation or extenuation of the failure to supply the information that the department sought.
(c) If the county tax appeal board modifies a penalty pursuant to subsection (2)(b)(ii), it may not reduce the penalty to less than 20% of the assessment or, if the assessment is modified pursuant to subsection (2)(b)(i), to less than 20% of the modified assessment.
(3) Either party aggrieved as a result of the decision of the county tax appeal board may appeal to the state tax appeal board within 30 calendar days after receipt of the county tax appeal board's decision. When deciding an appeal brought under this subsection, the state tax appeal board shall follow the provisions of subsections (2)(b) and (2)(c).
(4) Either party aggrieved as a result of the decision of the state tax appeal board may seek judicial review pursuant to 15-2-303."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.