Downing’s accountant: ‘He said he had a home in Montana’

U.S. Senate candidate Troy Downing’s accountant says she did not specifically research administrative rules when the Republican candidate asked her to amend past tax returns to change his status as a Montana resident.

Downing recently asked Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Bryan Adams to throw out several charges alleging he was not a Montana resident when he bought resident hunting licenses from 2011 through 2016, claiming past accountants made errors in his tax filings.

In a pretrial motion hearing in Justice Court on Tuesday, Majorie Knaub, a certified public accountant from Big Sky, said she helped Downing amend his tax returns from 2012 through 2014 “because he had filed as a non-resident and he should have filed as a resident (of Montana).”