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Wisconsin Governor Suspends Certain Tax Rules For Retailers of Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Lottery Tickets

On April 24, 2020, Governor Evers issued Emergency Order #33, suspending the following Wisconsin Department of Revenue tax rules:

  1. Wis. Admin. § TAX 7.01(5)(f), requiring retailer signature for receipt of fermented malt beverages.
  2. Wis. Admin. § TAX 8.21(2)(g), requiring retailer signature for receipt of intoxicating liquor.
  3. Wis. Admin. § TAX 9.47(1)(e), requiring retailer signature for receipt of cigarettes.
  4. Wis. Admin. §§ TAX 61.08(11)(c), 61.04(1)(d) requiring retailers to sell a certain amount of lottery tickets per month.

The Order indicates that suspending the signature requirement allows retailers who are still permissibly operating under the Safer at Home order to complete certain tasks without breaching safe distancing, while removing the minimum sales requirement allows lottery retailers to focus on the safety of customers and staff.

The Order was immediately effective and will continue for the duration of the public health emergency.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for general informational purposes only. This post is not updated to account for changes in the law and should not be considered tax or legal advice. This article is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult with legal and/or financial advisors for legal and tax advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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