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Kitchens' room tax bill receives signature

Representative Joel Kitchens shared enthusiasm for a bill he authored being signed on Thursday. The bill is supposed to ensure local municipalities are receiving the correct amount of room tax revenue from short-term rental companies. Representative Kitchens voiced his excitement through a press release on Thursday stating, “I am glad the governor recognizes the importance of my legislation and the impact the tax has on our state and our tourism industry.” Kitchens cited a 2019 bill requiring providers such as Vrbo to collect and remit the room tax on behalf of their short-term rental clients, saying it became common for businesses to remit the tax revenue based on zip codes. 


Kitchens views that as an issue because there are many areas in Wisconsin where several communities share a zip code. Wisconsin Act 55 is aimed to do away with that problem, and make it easy for lodging marketplaces to comply with the law and meet their room tax obligations. To help ensure the process goes correctly, the state Department of Revenue is required to create a form for these businesses which seeks this information:


  • Total sales for properties located in a municipality with a room tax
  • Total number of nights such properties were rented
  • Room tax rate and total tax due


The DOR is also tasked with posting the name of each municipality that imposes a room tax, the rate of the room tax, and the mailing address of the municipality. 


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