DOR: Apply for $100 child sales tax rebate beginning May 15

From the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue (DOR):

What is the Child Sales Tax Rebate?

It is a $100 rebate for sales and use tax paid on purchases made for raising a dependent child in 2017.*

You may claim $100 for each qualified child. 

Who can claim the Child Sales Tax Rebate?

If you have a qualified child, you’re likely eligible. A child may only be claimed by one individual. 

A qualified child must be: 

  • Under age 18 on December 31, 2017
  • A dependent of the claimant for tax year 2017
  • A Wisconsin resident on December 31, 2017
  • A United States citizen

How do I claim my $100 (per child) Child Sales Tax Rebate?

The fastest and most convenient way is to go to childtaxrebate.wi.gov where you will find more details, frequently asked questions and information. You can apply for the Child Sales Tax Rebate online 24/7 from May 15 through July 2.

If you don’t have internet access, you may file a claim by phone at (608) 266-KIDS (5437), Monday – Friday from 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please keep in mind that going online will be faster and more convenient. 

*Dependent is determined using guidance described in IRS Publication 501, regardless of whether the claimant files a 2017 federal income tax return.

The WASB is providing information about the availability of this rebate in hopes that you will share it in your school newsletters before the school year ends.

Because there is a fairly short window to apply for this rebate and much of that window will occur during a period when schools will not be in session, concerns have been expressed that without efforts to alert parents or publicize the availability of this rebate, only those parents who are “in the know” will actually apply and receive this rebate.  This could leave out, for example, many parents who don’t work with tax preparers or other financial advisers who might be expected to inform them of the rebate.  In addition, because parents have to apply for this rebate online, parents who lack home computers or internet access could be left out.  Many of these are parents whose children and families might greatly benefit from this rebate.  Your help in getting the word out is appreciated.