A boost in the number of state tax auditors generated an additional $72 million in revenue for the state in 2018.
The additional funds, while $10 million short of the state’s 2018 goals, illustrate the increased focus on collecting taxes from out-of-state businesses that may not be aware they owe Wisconsin taxes.
State revenue will get a continued boost from the out-of-state businesses that auditors found owe a variety of Wisconsin taxes under existing law. The state’s coffers will also soon get a windfall from a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for easier state collection of remote online sales tax.
Lawmakers in the 2015 state budget set aside nearly $14 million to fund more than 100 additional positions with the state Department of Revenue to better ensure businesses outside the state were paying their required Wisconsin taxes. Before the state added the additional positions, it had a running average of 290 tax auditors.
Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.