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Grocers - How Do Wisconsin Sales and Use Taxes Affect Your Operations?

  • File a buyer’s claim for refund of sales

tax paid to a seller in error.

  • Appeal adjustment notices.

To use My Tax Account, you must obtain a logon ID and password from the Department of Revenue. Go to the My Tax Account Com- mon Questions on the Department of Revenue’s website for more information, in- cluding how to obtain your logon ID and password.

b. Sales TeleFile

You can file your Wisconsin sales and use tax return with any touch-tone tele- phone. This program accepts four payment types: Direct withdrawal (only available during the call in which you file your return), credit card, check, or money order. To use TeleFile, obtain a Sales Te- leFile Worksheet & Payment Voucher. When you have completed the worksheet, call (608) 261-5340 to actually file your return.

c. eFile Transmission

This program is a service for taxpayers using approved private vendors’ software or who have the technical expertise to create a file in XML format. eFile trans- mission places return data into a file format that can be directly processed into the Department of Revenue system. Us- ing secure transmission over the Internet you can submit a payment at the same time that you file your return using ACH debit or ACH credit. You will receive an email acknowledgement to confirm re- ceipt of a successful file transmission. Information about file transmission can be found on the Department of Revenue’s

website at: nue.wi.gov/eserv/eftgen.html.


d. Questions?

or “Online Services” sections of the De- partment of Revenue website. If you have questions about electronic filing or pay- ments, contact the department by writing to Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Electronic Funds Transfer Assistance, Mail Stop 3-80, P.O. Box 8946, Madison, WI 53708-8946; calling (608) 266-2776; or emailing to DOR- SalesandUse@revenue.wi.gov.

D. Tax Rate

The tax rate of 5% is the same for both the Wis- consin sales and use tax. Sales tax is based upon the sales price from retail sales, licenses, leases, or rentals of the following, and use tax is based upon the purchase price of the following:

  • 1.

    Tangible personal property;

  • 2.

    Coins or stamps of the United States that are sold, licensed, leased, rented, or traded as col- lector’s items above their face value;

  • 3.

    Leased tangible personal property that is af- fixed to real property, if the lessor has the right to remove the leased property upon breach or termination of the lease agreement, unless the lessor of the leased property is also the lessor of the real property to which the leased property is affixed; and

  • 4.

    Specified digital goods, additional digital goods, and digital codes. These digital goods are characterized by the fact that they are transferred electronically to the purchaser

    • (i.

      e., accessed or obtained by the purchaser by means other than tangible storage media). “Specified digital goods” means “digital au- dio works,” “digital audiovisual works,” and “digital books.” “Additional digital goods” means greeting cards, finished artwork, peri- odicals, video or electronic games, and newspapers or other news or information products. See Publication 240 for a descrip- tion of the products that are included.

More information on all of the above ser- vices can be found under the “Business


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