Wisconsin: Let the Sunshine In


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Last year around this same time we brought you word about the groundbreaking study from the Institute for Wisconsin's Future which found that two-thirds of companies filing 2003 Wisconsin income tax returns owed nothing in state taxes. This month the Institute issued another report that "highlights a $643 million shortfall in corporate income tax receipts in 2006 due to the use of tax loopholes."

The new report once again brings to light the number of Wisconsin companies that simply aren't paying any tax." Almost fifty thousand corporations filed tax returns with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in 2005. Two out of three returns showed a bottom-line tax of zero dollars."

The study's shocking findings won't be allowed to collect bookshelf dust. Instead, the results have prompted a legislative response. On Wednesday Senator Hansen unveiled a creative corporate tax disclosure proposal that would, "require the large public corporations doing business in Wisconsin to submit publicly accessible annual disclosures of their income and all items that can be used to reduce their Wisconsin tax liability." Stay tuned into the new year for more developments on this important disclosure legislation.

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