The "Real Economic Impact Tour" kicked off in Great Falls on Tuesday to promote awareness about taxpayers with disabilities. Great Falls is the first stop in the 100-city nation-wide tour, and the only Montana community on the tour.
Members from the IRS, disability groups, and volunteers from Tax Help Montana met at the Great Falls Library to discuss how they can reach out to make sure people with disabilities are getting a full refund.
According to Karen Heisler of Rural Dynamics, only 460 tax returns filed in Montana were designated as having a disabled member in a household. Yet, the 2000 census identified an estimated 47,000 people as disabled in Montana.
Heisler noted, "This is a population that may not have a filing requirement, but the average return back is about $187 if they come in and they qualify for the earned income credit."
To have a volunteer come to your house - or a loved ones' - to assist with taxes, call 761-8721.
To learn more about the tour, visit the group's website here.
Click here to learn more about Tax Help Montana.