Wisconsin Income Taxes and WI State Tax Forms

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Prepare and efile Your Wisconsin Tax Return

The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Wisconsin state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal filing requirements to see if you need to file a federal income tax return.

Wisconsin Income Tax Filing Deadline

The regular deadline to file a Wisconsin state income tax return is April 15.

Tax Deadline Date Type of Income Tax Return Filing Deadline / Due Date Description
April 18, 2017 2016 Wisconsin State Tax Return Due date for Wisconsin State Income Tax Returns - income tax filing deadline
April 18, 2017 2016 Wisconsin State Tax Extension Due date for automatic extensions
October 16, 2017 2016 Wisconsin State Tax Return Last day to efile a 2016 Wisconsin State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers

View all state tax return filing deadlines.

Find federal income tax return filing deadlines.

Wisconsin State Tax Forms That Can Be efiled

efile.com supports all of the forms that Wisconsin allows to be efiled. You can efile any of the following Wisconsin state tax forms:

Form/Schedule Description Can I efile this form?
**REQUIRED** Form 1 Income Tax Return-Pages 1-3





 





 
Form 1 Income Tax Return (Worksheets)
Form 1NPR Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return
Form 1X Amended Return
Form NPR Legal Residence Questionnaire - Page 1-2
Schedule FL Beginning Farmer and Farm Asset Owner Credit
Schedule H Homestead Credit Claim
Schedule H Homestead Credit Claim (Prop Tax/Sale of Home)
Schedule H Homestead Credit Claim (Rent Certificate)
Schedule H Homestead Credit Claim (Schedules)
Schedule I Adjustments to Itemized Deductions
Schedule OS Credit for Net Tax Paid to Another State
Schedule U Underpayment of Estimated Tax
Schedule WD Capital Gains and Losses
Schedule 2440W Disability Income Exclusion

Wisconsin State Tax Forms That Cannot Be efiled

Wisconsin State Withholding Form

Form/Description Instructions
WT-4 Employee's Wisconsin Withholding Exemption Certificate/New Hire Reporting with Instructions
 

WI Tax Extensions

Form Instructions How to File

Form 4868

If you have an extension for filing your federal return, this automatically gives you a Wisconsin extension, provided you attach a copy of your federal extension application to your Wisconsin income tax return. If you would like to only obtain an extension for your WI state return, you must attach a statement to the state return indicating that you wish to use Federal Form 4868.

Even though you may have an extension of time to file your return, you will owe interest on any tax not paid by April 18, 2017. Therefore, when you file an extension, pay as much of your WI tax bill as you can. If you expect to pay additional taxes owed, you can avoid the 1% per month interest charge during the extension period by paying the tax you will owe by April 18, 2017. You can submit the payment with a 2016 Form 1-ES, Estimated Income Tax Voucher.

Complete and submit federal extension Form 4868

WI Tax Amendments

Wisconsin state tax amendments cannot be efiled; they can only be filed by mail. Learn how to amend a Wisconsin tax return.

Important Reminder! If you need to file a Wisconsin tax amendment, then you may also need to file a federal tax amendment.

2015 Tax Year Wisconsin Tax Forms

Wisconsin state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and efiled. Print, complete, and mail the forms to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule Description How to File
Certificate Rent Certificate (for Schedule H)

Download, fill out, print out, sign, and mail

Form 1 Income Tax Return
Form 1A Income Tax Return (Short Form)
Form 1-ES Estimated Income Tax Voucher
Form EPV Wisconsin Electronic Payment Voucher
Form FL Beginning Farmer and Farm Asset Owner Credit
Form I-827 Legal Residence (Domicile) Questionnaire
Form 1NPR Nonresident and Part-Year Resident Income Tax Return
Form 804 Claim for Decedent's Wisconsin Income Tax Refund
Schedule FC Farmland Preservation Credit
Schedule H Homestead Credit Claim
Schedule I Adjustments to Convert 2014 Federal Adjusted Gross Income and Itemized Deductions to the Amounts Allowable for Wisconsin
Schedule MT Alternative Minimum Tax
Schedule OS Credit for Net Tax Paid to Another State
Schedule U Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals and Fiduciaries
Schedule WD Capital Gains and Losses

Where's My Refund? - Check Your Wisconsin State Tax Refund Status

If you efile a Wisconsin tax return, your refund will generally be processed in 1 week. Expect to receive your refund within 2 weeks if you filed on paper.

Check your Wisconsin state tax refund status online.

WI efile Error Codes

If your Wisconsin state return was rejected, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state.

View a list of all Wisconsin State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.


Wisconsin Tax Facts

WI Income Tax:

Individual income is taxed across four tax brackets at four graduated tax rates:

  • 4% on the first $11,120 of taxable income
  • 5.84% on taxable income between $11,121 and $22,230
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $22,231 and $100,000
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $100,001 and $244,750
  • 7.65% on taxable income of $244,750 and above

The income amounts for married couples filing jointly are as follows:

  • 4% on the first $14,820 of taxable income
  • 5.84% on taxable income between $14,821 and $29,640
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $29,641 and $100,000
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $100,001 and $326,330
  • 7.65% on taxable income of $326,330 and above

The income amounts for married couples filing separately are as follows:

  • 4% on the first $7,410 of taxable income
  • 5.84% on taxable income between $7,411 and $14,820
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $14,821 and $100,000
  • 6.27% on taxable income between $100,001 and $163,170
  • 7.65% on taxable income of $163,170 and above

WI Sales Tax:

Wisconsin has a state sales tax rate of 5%. There is an additional sales tax of 0.5% in 62 counties. Motor vehicle, boat, recreational vehicle, and aircraft sales are subject to the county use tax of 0.5 percent rather than county sales tax based on the county in which the item is customarily kept.

More information on Wisconsin Sales Tax

WI Personal Property Tax:

The real property tax (or residential property tax) is the most common personal property tax in Wisconsin. There is no property tax on vehicles, but the state does levy a registration fee.

Personal property taxes are the most important revenue source for local governments and school districts, as well as other special interest and finance divisions.

The state has two programs to help WI taxpayers with their personal property taxes:

  • Homestead Credit: Available to homeowners and renters with lower incomes, the program allows them to decrease their property tax liability. They can either take an income tax credit or a direct tax refund to save money on their property taxes. The credit is based on the combination of the taxpayer's income and the allowable property taxes and/or rent for the Tax Year.
  • Property Tax Deferral Loan Program: Available to qualifying elderly homeowners, this program provides them loans to help them pay their property taxes. It is operated by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

Odd Tax Fact:

Take and bake pizzas are subject to Wisconsin sales tax because the state considers them prepared food.

WI State Tax Agency:

For more information, you can visit the website of The Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

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