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Wisconsin Sales Tax Rate

Wisconsin has a 5% state sales tax, with 62 of the 72 counties charging an extra 0.5% "County Tax".

The state instituted a 0.1% sales tax in five counties (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, Waukesha), effective January 1, 1996, to cover the cost of building Miller Park in Milwaukee. The tax was originally scheduled to be retired in 2014, however it is now not expected to collect enough taxes to cover the entire cost until 2017. There had been talk of extending the tax to pay for a new stadium for the Milwaukee Bucks, but the plan failed to gain any momentum.

Brown County collects a 0.5% tax for all purchases which funded the remaining cost of a $295 million renovation of Lambeau Field, as well as a payment to the Green Bay Packers to cover part of the cost of operating and maintaining the stadium through the year 2031. The necessary funds are expected to all be collected by about 2015, when the tax is currently scheduled to end.

The municipalities of Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells, Bayfield, and Eagle River have also been authorized to adopt an additional 1% sales tax, due to their status as popular tourist destinations.

Milwaukee County also has an additional local exposition tax on hotel rooms, car rentals, and food and beverage, which funds the Wisconsin Center Tax District.

In all cases, prescriptions, most foods (with the exception of candy, dietary supplements, soft drinks, and prepared foods), and newspapers, among other items, are exempt from sales tax, however over-the-counter medications, and certain types of repair and installation services are not tax exempt.

Contact Sales Tax Accountants today for free tax assessment and sales tax questions. Call 1-877-254-0990.

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