SPECIAL SALES TAX REBATE ALERT! for Wisconsin Taxpayers

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Wisconsin announced a special one-time $100 (per child) sales tax rebate. It seems the state treasury is overflowing so the legislature decided to get the money divested as soon as possible. This rebate applies to 2017 tax returns!

It is unlikely tax preparers will notify clients since the cost of doing so will exceed the income derived from the work brought in. This article will outline the simple steps necessary to claim your sales tax rebate.

If you have dependent children you probably qualify for the rebate. But, you can only claim the refund from May 15th through July 2nd! After July 2nd the rebate is lost if you haven’t applied by then. You can’t apply before May 15th either as the website only contains program details prior to May 15th.

Who Qualifies?

The sales tax rebate is for sales and use tax paid in 2017 for raising a dependent child. Only one person can claim the rebate! No recordkeeping of actual sales taxes paid is required.

If you claimed a dependent on your 2017 Wisconsin tax return, the dependent was under age 18 on December 31, 2017, is a Wisconsin resident and U.S. citizen, you meet the eligibility requirements for the rebate.

The rebate is $100 per qualified child.

There are two ways to claim your rebate from May 15th through July 2nd:

  • You can call 608-266-5437 Monday – Friday (excluding holidays) from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or,
  • Apply via the internet at https://childtaxrebate.wi.gov.

Note the website only has program details until May 15th when they go live. I’ll add screen shots and a step-by-step guide to this post if it looks like people are having problems claiming their rebate.

When applying for the rebate, have your 2017 tax return handy. Verify you claimed/are able to claim the child/children on your 2017 tax return.

Wisconsin did not provide a timeline for release of funds, but in the past Wisconsin has issued refunds in 8 weeks or less.

Please share this with Wisconsin friends and family. If you have a blog, share with your readers if any are from Wisconsin. Share this page (or the information thereon) on your social media pages.




Final Note

My office will handle rebate requests for clients if they contact my office. Non-clients can also call my office to have us handle the request for rebate as time permits. Since the rebate amount is small I will only ask a donation amount of your choice. All proceeds will go to charity. I’ll update the charities supported on a future Saturday edition of “Stalking the Accountant”.

Stay tuned.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Anna K on May 8, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    As a Wisconsin resident with two dependents, thank you for writing about this.

    • Keith Taxguy on May 8, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      I know this is a really narrow part of my market, but felt it too important to go unmentioned, Anna. $200 is a nice surprise if it isn’t missed.

  2. Patroclus on May 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Many thanks from the west coast of Wisconsin! Keep of the good work.

    • Keith Taxguy on May 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      Hey, I heard about you guys on the Mississippi Ocean coastline!Glad I could help.

      I’m actually surprised I didn’t see the news plastered with this.

  3. Dave on May 8, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    It’s a nice heads up. Now I just wished that IA would do something similar (though unlikely with the new tax bill in the legislature).

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