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Wisconsin IFTA State Tax Overview- Updated April 27, 2023 - 8.00 AM - Admin, Trucklogics
The State of Wisconsin is a member of the International Fuel Tax
Read through this page to learn everything related to Wisconsin’s registration and IFTA renewal process.
You will learn about IFTA reporting requirements, late penalties, and links to other important resources.
Table of Contents:
1. Who Is Required To Register for Wisconsin IFTA?
If you own a qualified motor vehicle in Wisconsin, you must register for IFTA filing in the state. A qualified motor vehicle is a motor vehicle used, designed, or maintained to transport persons or property having:
- Two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
- Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or
- The combined weight exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms.
Qualified Motor Vehicles do not include recreational vehicles unless they are used in conjunction with any business endeavor. Recreational vehicles are vehicles such as motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers, and buses exclusively for personal use.
2. New Wisconsin IFTA Fuel Tax Accounts
You can submit a Wisconsin application by mail or in person to the Department of Transportation. There is a $15 application fee and a $3 license fee plus $2 per set of decals. You will need one set per qualified vehicle. Once the application is approved, credentials will be mailed that day or the following day. You should receive your decal in 3-5 business days.
3. Wisconsin IFTA Renewals
Renewal applications can be completed by mail or in person.
4. Quarterly Wisconsin IFTA Returns
The deadlines to file Wisconsin quarterly IFTA returns are as follows:
|Wisconsin Reporting Periods||Wisconsin IFTA Filing Deadlines|
|January - March||April 30|
|April - June||July 31|
|July - September||October 31|
|October - December||January 31|
*If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the next business day is considered the tax reporting filing due date.
Note: An Wisconsin IFTA fuel tax report must be filed even if no fuel was used.
5. Wisconsin IFTA Penalties
A late penalty of $50 or 10% of the tax due, whichever is greater, is added to late returns received. Interest is also added to all late tax payments at a rate of 1% per month.
Even if you have a net refund, interest still applies for any fuel use tax underpayment. Interest is calculated from the day after the due date of the return until the date the payment is made.
6. Wisconsin IFTA Audits
Wisconsin IFTA audits are used to verify compliance. All base jurisdictions must audit 3% of the IFTA accounts in their state per year. Carriers will be contacted in writing at least 30 days before the audit and must have their records available for the audit.
For more details, see www.dot.wisconsin.gov or let TruckLogics take the paperwork out of your way by using our Wisconsin Quarterly IFTA Filing Services!
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