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Walker: overall tax to stay flat, even with online sales tax increaseSubmitted: 06/29/2018
Story By Ben Meyer

Walker: overall tax to stay flat, even with online sales tax increase
WAUSAU - Wisconsin might start collecting sales tax for online purchases.

But Gov. Scott Walker said any tax increase would be offset by tax cuts somewhere else.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states could collect online sales taxes far more broadly than before. In Wausau this week, Walker said the state would cut a different tax by the same amount if it started collecting online taxes.

"We would collect it online, but then we would send it back to the hardworking taxpayers of the state," Walker said. "It really was about fairness. It wasn't about collecting additional, new taxes."


The state could take in $100 million to $200 million in new money from online sales taxes each year.

Wisconsin's sales tax is five percent. Most counties in the state charge an additional half-percent sales tax.

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