The state Department of Revenue is extending tax filing and payment deadlines for certain people who had difficulty meeting the April 17 tax deadline due to three major events. “We know that Montana taxpayers always try to do the right thing by filing and paying their income taxes on time,” said Dan Bucks, director of the Department of Revenue. “We also know that sometimes life’s unexpected circumstances can derail even the best of intentions.” Extensions will be granted to taxpayers impacted by Intuit’s lastminute electronic filing overload, the major storm in the northeastern United States and the Virginia Tech shootings. The extensions match those given by the Internal Revenue Service. Taxpayers who were unable to efile their state tax returns will have until midnight today to e-file returns without any late payment or filing penalty. Intuit did not have adequate server capacity to handle several hundred thousand last-minute tax filers using TurboTax, ProSeries and Lacerte programs on the evening of April 17. Taxpayers affected by the major storm in the northeast have until April 26 to file their taxes, while those affected by the Virginia Tech shootings are granted a six-month tax filing and payment extension. “While these events on the East Coast likely did not prevent the vast majority of Montana taxpayers from meeting the April 17 deadline, they may have presented obstacles to tax filing and payment for some nonresident taxpayers or Montana residents who were traveling,” Bucks said.