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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Montana Secretary of State Annual Report Filing

To conduct business in the State of Montana, business entities such as limited liability companies and all types of corporations are required to register with the Montana Secretary of State.  Following initial registration, you must file an annual report for your business entity each subsequent year to retain active standing.  If you lose active standing, you may find it difficult to obtain financing, order inventory or continue to conduct business.  

There is a $20 annual filing fee and reports must be submitted by April 15th.  Reports filed after April 15th will pay an additional $15 late penalty.  If the annual report is not submitted by September 1st, the entity may be involuntarily dissolved by the Secretary of State and you will lose your authority to conduct business in Montana. 

Filing your annual report must now be done online via the Montana Secretary of State's Business Services page.  Paper filing is no longer accepted.  In order to log in to Business Services, you will need a Montana ePass login.  If you do not already have an ePass account, you can visit their website and "Create an Account." For step by step instructions on ePass and filing your annual report, we recommend this tutorial.  If you prefer to have an authorized agent complete your report, you may need to sign an authorization form.  

We are happy to assist you with your annual reporting or if you have questions on the new filing system.  


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tax Season Update & Where's My Refund

We're entering the final weeks of our busiest season at the office and counting down the days until the deadline.  

If your return has been filed and you're wondering when your refund will come in, the IRS and MT Dept of Revenue both have online refund tools. Use the following links to check your 2017 refund status.  
IRS Where's My Refund
MT DOR Where's My Refund

If we're missing information needed to complete your return, the sooner we receive it the better. 

If you're waiting on us to finish your return, we thank you for your patience as we make our way through the files.  You should be hearing from us soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tips to Keep Off Winter Weight


Tax season often has us battling the urge to soothe our stress with comfort food. Here's some tips to fight winter weight!
https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/5-tips-to-keep-off-winter-weight-gain

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2017 Entity Return Filing Dates


Just a reminder that the IRS instituted new entity filing dates last year, which means that 1065 Partnership returns and 1120-S Corporation returns must be filed by March 15th.  1120 C Corporation returns have a new filing date of April 15th.  Extension Form 7004 should be filed if you do not plan to file your completed return by the due date. 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Livestock & Personal Property (Business Equipment) Reporting Deadline


Just a reminder that the Montana Department of Revenue deadlines for Livestock and Personal Property (Business Equipment) Reporting are March 1st.  Reporting forms for Personal Property were not mailed out this year and filing must be done online via TAP to avoid a 20% penalty on the tax due.  

We are happy to assist you with filing or with any questions you may have.