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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Office Remodel

Earlier this year we completed a remodel of our front office and it's been so invigorating to have a fresh new space. If you haven't been in to see it, we welcome you to stop by for a visit!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

D-Day Anniversary

On this 75th anniversary, we proudly honor all who fought in the name of Freedom on D-Day. Remembering the ultimate sacrifice made by so many on this day in history...

Friday, May 31, 2019

Summer Hours

We start our summer hours next week which means our office will be closed on Fridays during the months of 
June, July and August. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and welcome you to call or visit us Monday - Thursday during the hours of 8am - 5pm (closed from 12-1 during lunch). 

Have a wonderful summer!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, 
the office of Gardner & Billing CPAs 
will be closed on Monday, May 27th. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

National Small Business Week

 National Small Business Week seemed like a great time to share this link to the IRS Virtual Workshop on Small Business Taxes. This workshop is designed to help new and small business owners understand and meet their federal tax obligations. Everything from hiring employees, managing payroll and offering benefits. It's free and available to watch anytime on the IRS website.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Community Clean Up Day

In order that we can help give back to our community, we'll be closed Monday afternoon on the 29th so that we can participate in Community Clean Up Day. We'll be around town working on projects if you need to reach us! Thank you for your understanding and to those of you helping to make Broadus a beautiful place to live!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Extension Payments No Longer Necessary for Valid MT Extension

Since Tax Year 2017, you no longer need to make a payment to the MT Dept of Revenue by the due date of the return to obtain a valid extension.

All taxpayers can enjoy a six-month automatic extension. As a result, the department removed the extension checkbox and the extension line on Form 2.

However, the automatic extension to file is not an extension to pay.

If you pay all or part of your taxes after April 15, 2019, you will have to pay interest at a 5 percent rate on that amount.
If you file on extension, you may still want to make a payment before April 15 to reduce the interest you will owe.
When making such payments:
  • Choose “Payment with Return” on the Montana Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher or “Return Payment” if you pay via E-check, and
  • Report this payment on line 7 of the “Other Payments and Refundable Credits Schedule” when you file your return.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

MT Secretary of State Annaul Report Filing

Are you a business owner in Montana? All LLCs and Corporations must file an annual report with the Secretary of State each year to maintain active authority to conduct business in the State of Montana.  Late fees apply after April 15th, so now’s the time to get your filing completed.

Montana SOS allows filings with no changes to previous information to simply search their business, click to enter an expedited portal and pay without having to log in.  To change business registration details, you will be required to login or setup an ePass account and verify your authority.  

Visit the Secretary of State website to file your annual report.  If you have any questions, please call the Business Services office at (406) 444-3665.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring Is Here!

It feels so good to welcome back the spring! 
Gardner & Billing CPAs wish you 
a bright and beautiful first day of spring!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Beware of Scam Calls Claiming to be from Google

By Miranda Gilbert, Owner of Girl Geek Communications & Official City Partner of Grow with Google

Every business owner with a live phone line has experience annoying robo-calls that claim to be from Google. Usually the call says something like, “Your Google listing is incorrect and may be having a negative effect on your business.” Owners are then prompted to pay for services to “fix” their Google listing or enroll in a variety of unnecessary services.

Unfortunately, these types of calls are very frequent and difficult to stop. And most importantly - these calls are NOT from Google. Most of the companies operating these scams are overseas, which makes legally fighting them difficult.

It’s important to know that Google will never make unsolicited calls to you business. The only time a Google representative will call you is if you request a phone call from them. For example, asking them to call you via a “help ticket” or perhaps you are advertising on Google AdWords.

Google’s has a list of things you can do to try to combat these calls. But the most important tip - hang up! Don’t press any keys to “be removed from the list.” That can actually cause an increase in more unwanted calls. You can also report these calls to the FTC or to Google via a webform.

And remember, claiming your business listing on Google is a FREE service called Google My Business. Claiming your business listing via the official Google My Business site is a straight forward process, but if you find you need help, Girl Geek Communications offers free assistance each month for claiming your listing.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Daffodils for Broadus Cancer Fund

If you need a little spring in your life, you don't want to miss the daffodil sale in support of the Broadus Cancer Fund.  

Today is the last day to submit your orders, so hurry before it's too late! 
To order, contact our office or one of the many wonderful ladies in our community supporting this group.
1 bunch for $10
3 bunches for $25
Checks payable to Broadus Cancer Fund

Daffodils will be delivered in mid-March.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

MT Department of Revenue requires personal and business property to be reported for personal property tax evaluation by March 1st. Personal property is reported via the MT DOR TransAction Portal (TAP) website. If you're having trouble filing the report online, instructional video are provided. Or, feel free to call our office for filing assistance.

Personal property includes:
  • Business equipment
  • Mining and manufacturing machinery
  • Agricultural implements and equipment
  • Furniture
  • Fixtures
  • All other property not included in any other property class

Detailed lists of equipment by category can be found on the Personal Property Equipment List:
Furniture, Fixtures, and Miscellaneous Equipment
Heavy Equipment
Manufacturing and Mining Equipment
Farm and Ranch Equipment
Oil and Gas Equipment

Please note: Property that has been “depreciated out” for income tax purposes is still taxable for property tax purposes.

Any property you own, possess, or control at midnight on January 1 is taxable for that year.

Please report your personal property in our TransAction Portal before March 1 to avoid a penalty equal to 20% of the depreciated personal property value.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Good Luck Hawks!

GOOD LUCK to the Broadus Hawks and Lady Hawks at District Tournaments!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

IRS to waive tax penalties for underwithholding and underpayment

If you discover your federal income tax was underwithheld as a result of changes in the tax code, there could be some relief from penalties. You can find out more on this from this article at Accounting Today.

Be sure to review your withholdings at tax time and consider completing a new W4 for your employer if changes are necessary.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

IRS Confirms Tax Filing Season to Begin January 28

IR-2019-01, January 7, 2019
WASHINGTON ― Despite the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service today confirmed that it will process tax returns beginning January 28, 2019 and provide refunds to taxpayers as scheduled.

“We are committed to ensuring that taxpayers receive their refunds notwithstanding the government shutdown. I appreciate the hard work of the employees and their commitment to the taxpayers during this period,” said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig.

Congress directed the payment of all tax refunds through a permanent, indefinite appropriation (31 U.S.C. 1324), and the IRS has consistently been of the view that it has authority to pay refunds despite a lapse in annual appropriations. Although in 2011 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed the IRS not to pay refunds during a lapse, OMB has reviewed the relevant law at Treasury’s request and concluded that IRS may pay tax refunds during a lapse.

The IRS will be recalling a significant portion of its workforce, currently furloughed as part of the government shutdown, to work. Additional details for the IRS filing season will be included in an updated FY2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan to be released publicly in the coming days.

“IRS employees have been hard at work over the past year to implement the biggest tax law changes the nation has seen in more than 30 years,” said Rettig.

As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns once the filing season begins. For taxpayers who usually file early in the year and have all of the needed documentation, there is no need to wait to file. They should file when they are ready to submit a complete and accurate tax return.

The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2019 for most taxpayers. Because of the Patriots’ Day holiday on April 15 in Maine and Massachusetts and the Emancipation Day holiday on April 16 in the District of Columbia, taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 17, 2019 to file their returns.

Software companies and tax professionals will be accepting and preparing tax returns before Jan. 28 and then will submit the returns when the IRS systems open later this month. The IRS strongly encourages people to file their tax returns electronically to minimize errors and for faster refunds.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 UCR Opens

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration announced the opening of the 2019 UCR registration program as of December 27, 2018.  The UCR Program requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce to register their business and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. This includes motor carriers of property, both for hire and private, whether or not they are considered exempt carriers for purposes of federal regulation.  Commercial vehicles engaged only in travel within the state of Montana are not required to register.  Due to late opening of 2019 registration, the registration enforcement date has been extended to April 1, 2019.

The new UCR National Registration System ( makes online registration and payment quick and easy.  For support or questions, call 1-833-UCR-PLAN or send an email to  

If you need any assistance or have questions as to filing requirements, please feel free to contact our office.