New Industrial Property

New industrial property is eligible for a reduced taxable valuation rate of 3% for the first three years of operation.

Eligibility

Any organization establishing a new plant in Montana or a new industrial operation.

This abatement is only available for industries that:

  • Manufacture, mill, mine, produce, process, or fabricate materials;
  • Do similar work, using capital labor to turn raw materials into usable commercial products;
  • Change materials into new products as defined as manufacturing in the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification Manual;
  • Transport, warehouse, or distribute commercial products or materials, if 50% or more of gross sales or receipts are earned outside Montana; or
  • Earn 50% or more annual gross income from sales outside Montana.

Benefit

A reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%. The tax benefit applies to all mills levied on all real and personal property of the new industry, except:

  • Property used by:
    • Retail or wholesale merchants,
    • Commercial services of any type,
    • Agriculture, trades, or professions unless the business or profession meets the eligibility requirements;
  • A plant that will create an adverse impact on existing state, county, or municipal services; or
  • property used or employed in any industrial plant that has been in operation in this state for 3 years or longer.

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Pollution Control Equipment

Air and water pollution control equipment is eligible for a reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%.

Property

Facilities, machinery, or equipment used to reduce or control water or atmospheric pollution or contamination by removing, reducing, altering, disposing, or storing pollutants, contaminants, wastes, or heat.

Benefit

A reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%. The tax benefit applies to all mills levied on the property and does not phase-out with time.

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Gasohol Producing Equipment

Gasohol producing equipment is eligible for a reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%.

Property

Any real or personal property primarily used to produce gasohol.

Benefit

A reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%. The tax benefit applies to all mills levied on the property and is available during construction and for the first three years of operation.

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Electrolytic Reduction Facilities

Electrolytic reduction facility equipment is eligible for a reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%.

Property

Machinery used in electrolytic reduction facilities.

Benefit

A reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%. The tax benefit applies to all mills levied on the property and does not phase-out with time.

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Research and Development

Property devoted to research and development is eligible for a reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%.

Property

All land, improvements, and personal property owned by a research and development firm and actively devoted to research and development.

Benefit

A reduced taxable valuation rate of 3%. The tax benefit applies to all mills levied on the property and does not phase-out with time.

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New or Expanding Industries

New or expanding industries approved by the local government may receive a reduced tax valuation on the property value increase caused by improvements or modernization.

Eligibility

Industries include business that:

  • Manufacture, mill, mine, produce, process, or fabricate materials;
  • Do similar work, using capital labor to turn raw materials into usable commercial products;
  • Change materials into new products as defined as manufacturing in the 1987 Standard Industrial Classification Manual;
  • Transport, warehouse, or distribute commercial products or materials, if 50% or more of gross sales or receipts are earned outside Montana; or
  • Earn 50% or more annual gross income from sales outside Montana.

New industries are new to the jurisdiction and invest at least $125,000 in qualifying improvements within the area.

Expanding industries are businesses adding at least $50,00 worth of improvements within the area.

The local government must approve the abatement.

New Industrial Property cannot take this abatement.

Property

The added improvements or modernized processes.

Benefit

A 50% reduction on the increased taxable value for the first five years, with a 10% lower reduction every year after:

  • First five years: 50% reduction
  • Sixth year: 40% reduction
  • Seventh year: 30% reduction
  • Eight year: 20% reduction
  • Ninth year: 10% reduction

The reduction only applies to the increase in taxable value caused by the improvements or modernization.

This benefit applies to the mills levied for high school and elementary school district purposes and the mills levied by the local government.

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Reduced Rate for Remodeling Buildings or Structures

A business with remodeled buildings is eligible for a reduced tax rate for the five years after construction.

Property

Any remodeled, reconstructed, or expanded building or structure, if the taxable value goes up by at least 2.5%

Benefit

A reduced tax rate as low as 3% based on the number of new full-time employees.

A reduced tax rate on the increased taxable value of the qualified improvements, phased out over time:

Construction
100% reduction
First Year
80% reduction
Second Year
60% reduction
Third Year
40% reduction
Fourth Year
20% reduction
Fifth Year
0% reduction

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Historic Property Abatement

Historic property may be eligible for a property tax abatement on the increased value from restorations and construction.

Eligibility

The historic property must meet the design review (15-24-1605, MCA) and is:

  • Located in a national historic district and contribute to the district;
  • A new building in a national historic district built to match the design of the district; or
  • Listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places

Property

Restored, rehabilitated, expanded, or newly constructed property that meets the requirements.

Benefit

A 100% abatement on the taxable value increase caused by the rehabilitation, restoration, expansion, or new construction for up to five years.

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