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Guest Opinion: New Year brings lower taxes to Montana residents

By Jason Ellsworth, Becky Beard, and Greg Hertz

There’s no way Republican legislators would rather ring in a new year than with lower taxes, and that’s exactly what we’ve done to kick off 2024.

As of Jan. 1, Montanans of all income levels are now paying lower income taxes, thanks to legislation that just went into effect. Those tax savings will be felt either on upcoming paychecks or when you file your 2024 taxes next year, depending on where and how you get paid.

Senate Bill 399, passed in the 2021 legislative session, made a number of changes to simplify Montana’s income tax system.

It has t...