Wisconsin Sales Tax Guide

A step-by-step guide to understanding Wisconsin sales tax rules.


In the land of badgers and bratwurst, small business owners also need to be adept at managing sales tax. If you're new to selling taxable goods and sales tax compliance, our Guide to Wisconsin Sales Tax can help you understand where to begin. We'll cover registration, filing, and paying sales tax and help you understand what to do when things go sideways.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Wisconsin Sales Tax

Understanding where, when, and how to collect Wisconsin sales tax is no easy task. Whether you're collecting tax dollars at the point-of-sale or collecting Wisconsin internet sales tax, our guide will break down the sales tax compliance process into focused, easy to understand chapters.

Wisconsin Sales Tax Nexus

Understanding whether you need to collect, file, and remit Wisconsin sales tax depends on a concept known as nexus. In this chapter, we'll take a look at situations that may trigger in Wisconsin such as storing inventory in the state, hiring state residents, and click-through nexus.

Registering to Collect Wisconsin Sales Tax

You'll want to get started establishing Wisconsin sales tax compliance by understanding how to get your business registered for the necessary sales tax permit. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand when is the best time to get your business registered in Wisconsin.

Collecting Sales Tax in Wisconsin

After you've registered your business with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, you're ready to begin collecting sales tax. We'll review topics such as Wisconsin sales tax exemptions, sales tax holidays, and determining state and local sales tax rates.

Filing Wisconsin Sales Tax Returns

Now that you're business is registered with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and collecting sales tax, you'll need to file tax returns in an ongoing basis. We'll help you gain a deep understand of the process of filing sales tax returns. Topic covered include filing frequencies, filing on behalf of a client, and what happens if you file late.

Wisconsin Sales Tax Filing Due Dates

Every business that registers to collect Wisconsin sales tax will be assigned a filing frequency. In this chapter, we'll take a look at the filing frequencies and associated due dates supported by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Late Filing Penalties, Fines & Interest

We know, mistakes happen and, from time to time, sales tax filing deadlines are missed. In this chapter, we'll take a look at what penalties you may be required to pay should you miss your assigned Wisconsin sales tax filing date. We'll also consider interest charges for late sales tax payments.

Sales Tax on Wisconsin Shipping & Handling

The rise of the internet economy has made it possible for buyers around the world to order your products. Did you know shipping and handling may be taxable? In this chapter we'll cover sales tax on shipping and handling in Wisconsin. You'll want to pay attention here because there are some important details pertaining to invoicing you'll want to understand.