Poor Families in Montana Are Hit Harder by the Income Tax
Than Those in Other States
Montanas 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
Ranking among 42 states with income taxes
For two-parent families of four: $9,100.
For single-parent families of three: $7,500.
Montanas 1999 income tax on working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with incomes at the poverty line ($17,028): $227.
For families of three with incomes at the poverty line ($13,290): $171.
For families of three with minimum-wage earnings ($10,712): $76.
For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $389.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $283.
Montana has consistently taxed families with incomes below the poverty line.
Montanas tax threshold for families of four has increased during the 1990s, but a substantial gap remains between the threshold and the poverty line.
In 1991, a family of four owed tax when its income exceeded 47 percent of the poverty line. For 1999, Montanas tax threshold is 53 percent of the poverty line.