If you or your spouse have an unpaid child support obligation, we may offset your refund to help pay the child support debt.
Married Filing Separately
If you do not want your refund to offset your spouse’s child support obligation, you can file your Montana tax return as married filing separate on separate forms.
If you file separately on separate forms, each spouse claims their own income, losses, deduction, expenses, exemptions, and credits.
We won’t use your refund to offset your spouse’s child support debt.
Injured Spouse Assistance
If you filed a joint return with your spouse and we applied your refund to your spouse’s child support debt, you may be considered an injured spouse.
We can help you.
Contact us within 30 days of receiving the notice your refund was used to offset your spouse’s child support debt. If necessary, we can help you file the correct tax return.