Wisconsin Property Taxpayers, Inc. (WPT) is the voice of Wisconsin’s property taxpayers
in the State Capitol, working to reduce the statewide property tax burden and reform
Wisconsin’s antiquated and regressive property tax system.
Founded in 1985, WPT represents
the interests of thousands of commercial, agricultural and residential property taxpayers
throughout the state who volunteer their financial support and personal commitment
to the organization and its objectives.
WPT is the only statewide taxpayers’ organization
registered with the Ethics Division of the State’s Government Accountability Board
to lobby exclusively for property tax relief and reform. (Click “Back” in your browser
to return to WPTonline.org) WPT’s experienced government relations specialists, field
representatives and technical support staff conduct a variety of activities including
legislative analysis, policy and opinion research, media relations, public information
and legislative liaison service, to increase public and legislative support for the
organization’s public policy objectives.
WPT regularly communicates with members
through personal contact, newsletters, member surveys, policy briefs and legislative
WPT assists members in dealing with local property tax issues and answers
members’ questions related to assessments, property tax exemptions, state laws and
administrative rules, and provides information useful in appealing and reducing their
property tax liability.
For more information about who we are, what we do, and what
we have helped to accomplish over the years, go here
WPT is the voice of Wisconsin’s Property Taxpayers, your voice, in the Wisconsin State Legislature. Whether you have a comment, a thought to share, a question about your assessment or property tax bill, how your property tax dollars are spent, what’s going on in the Legislature, or any one of a thousand property tax related questions we answer for our members, WPT wants to hear from you. If you are not a member, but would like to join the thousands of taxpayers around the state who support and relyon us to protect their interests in the Legislature.
12/04/13 WISCAPE Forum - Tuition and Aid: The Good, Bad and Ugly
Wiseye.org - The Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) held a forum to provide a comprehensive review of tuition, related policies, and their impact on students on December 4, 2013 in Madison. http://www.wiseye.org/videoplayer/vp.html?sid=10877
11/27/13 Wisconsin in Words: Gov. Scott Walker's "Unintimidated"
Posted by Mary Lazich on Dec. 6, 2013 December means property tax bills. The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) provides property assessment and tax information: the 2013 Wisconsin Department of Revenue Guide for Property Owners. Consumers would go straight to insurers for coverage By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Dec. 4, 2013 Madison — Gov. Scott Walker wants consumers to be able to sidestep Obamacare's online insurance market and still get subsidized coverage — and at least one of his requests to do that might get traction. The GOP governor's push comes as the Assembly voted, 64-32, Wednesday to approve Walker's separate proposal to respond to the troubled rollout of the federal health law by waiting to drop patients off state BadgerCare Plus health care coverage. Six Democrats joined all Republicans in voting for the bill, sending it to the Senate. More Changes to online sales taxes? Posted on December 4, 2013 by Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Will Wisconsin soon be collecting sales taxes from more online retailers? Recent action by the Supreme Court may help answer that question. The court rejected appeals from online retailers disputing a 2008 New York court decision requiring retailers to collect sales tax on all online purchases. Current law requires online retailers to collect sales tax only if the company has a physical presence in the state. Traditionally, a retailer is understood to have a “physical presence” in the state if it has a store or distribution center there. New York and other states, however, insist that in-state affiliates—anyone that refers clients to the retailer’s website—constitute a physical presence. Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com, who both use affiliate programs, have been fighting the New York decision, which makes their products more expensive. Because the ruling provides a new source of revenue for state governments, many fear that the Supreme Court’s refusal to get involved in the matter may encourage other states to take similar actions in order to balance their budgets. Currently Amazon collects sales tax in 16 states. Wisconsin does not require that retailers charge sales tax for online purchases unless the company has a physical presence—not including affiliates—in the state. Until recently, that included purchases from Amazon.com However, Amazon began collecting sales tax in Wisconsin on November 1st after unveiling plans to open a distribution center in Kenosha. The move is expected to generate about $30 million in state sales taxes. With Amazon now collecting Wisconsin sales taxes, 62 of the top 100 e-tailers collect and remit taxes on online purchases. Moreover, only about 25% of online sales remain untaxed in Wisconsin.