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Vendors, bands sought for Alive at Five

Downtown Helena Inc. is seeking applications for live music for its annual Alive at Five Summer Concert Series, held every Wednesday evening in June, July and August. Each weekly event runs from 5-9 p.m. with live music from 6-9.  Additional information and applications are available at

Applications are also sought for craft vendors and activity vendors for kids. Both are encouraged to apply in order to continue to make Alive at 5 fun for the entire family.

Music applications are due March 2, and vendor applications are due April 6.

For more information, contact Julia Walsh, Alive at Five coordinator, at 447-1535 or and follow Downtown Helena Inc. on Facebook at


Discount Tire opens store 

Discount Tire has opened in Helena. The new tire store is located at 2011 E. Custer Ave., at the intersection of Washington Street and across the street from Costco. 

Discount Tire opened their first Montana location in 2015 and have plans to open additional locations over the next couple of years.  

Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday. For more information, call 406-634-9122 or visit


DOR announces online reporting

The Montana Department of Revenue recently notified business equipment owners to submit their annual report in 2018 online with the department’s TransAction Portal (TAP). The department will no longer mail paper reporting forms.

The department mailed letters in mid-December to business equipment owners who have reported in prior years and are believed to have a reporting requirement. The letter contains instructions on how to log in to their TAP account or set up an account at

Businesses that did not receive a letter still have a statutory reporting requirement if their statewide aggregate market value of equipment is over $100,000. Those businesses whose statewide aggregate market value of equipment is $100,000 or less are exempt from taxation and do not have a reporting requirement.

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All business equipment reported for 2017 is prepopulated to the 2018 online reporting system. Online reporting creates an electronic repository that lets businesses access submissions from previous years. Businesses can also use the sort and filter functions to quickly locate assets that need to be updated or deleted. Finally, online reporting provides businesses with immediate confirmation that the department received their report.

The reporting deadline is March 1, 2018, to avoid a 20 percent penalty.

For more information, visit, or call 444-6900 or email



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