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Chandler: sales taxes for most online purchases to start in Wisconsin Oct. 1Submitted: 07/10/2018
Chandler: sales taxes for most online purchases to start in Wisconsin Oct. 1
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - You'll start paying sales tax on almost everything you buy online starting October 1.

Wisconsin is taking advantage of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing states to charge sales tax for online purchases. Before the decision, companies were forced to collect sales tax only if they had a physical presence in Wisconsin.

During an interview in Rhinelander on Tuesday, state Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler explained why the state wanted to start collecting these taxes.


"We think it's important because it creates a level playing field for 'Main Street Wisconsin' merchants who have been frustrated for a number of years that out-of-state companies have been selling here without collecting sales tax," Chandler said.

Gov. Scott Walker said he plans to cut other taxes to offset the new sales taxes coming into the state.

"The governor has emphasized that he wants to cut other taxes so there won't be any net tax increase on Wisconsin residents," Chandler said.

Walker hasn't announced which types of taxes will be cut.

Chandler also reminded people about a sales tax holiday for back-to-school items during the first weekend of August.


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