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Woman ticked off in effort to get tax rebate

| August 29, 2023 7:00 AM

OK, armed and ready, I sat down with a computer, a postcard and letter from Governor Gianforte and two letters from his Revenue Department on how to get a property tax rebate. 

Logged on to website and bonk – What’s a geocode?  Frustrated, I set the paperwork aside. Days later, thought I’d try again and Googled, “What is a Montana Geocode?” 

Good ole Google took me to a website with four pages of instructions on how to get the code necessary to complete an application for a tax rebate.

Adding more paperwork to the pile, I found the 17-digit code and started the application again. Hmmm. I was asked to fill out more numbers and data from papers that the Revenue Department mailed to me or already knows about me.

What infuriates me most is a request to verify that my claim is not fraudulent. Then they ask for my email and cell phone number! 

Wrapping up, I could print my claim was accepted - who has a printer?

What happened to the Republican Party that touts less government, lower taxes and privacy? 

Gone, apparently.

Gov. Gianforte raised my taxes, created red tape and took personal information.

What a scam.  

Jan Lombardi, Seeley Lake