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T’Is the Season for Snow Removal in Wisconsin

  • Dec 2, 2013 | Gail Cole

 Snow removal in Wisconsin: an essential service.

Wisconsin gets a noticeable amount of snow each year. During the winter of 2007-08, for example, more than 100 inches of snow fell on the capital, Madison. That kind of snow calls for some serious snow removal services.

Fortunately, the “sale of snow removal services is not taxable” in Wisconsin.

As explained in a Wisconsin Department of Revenue sales and use tax report:

“A seller’s charge for snowplowing or sanding and salting roads, sidewalks, or parking lots is not subject to sales tax.”

The more essential a good or service, the less likely it is to be subject to high rates of sales tax. Take food in West Virginia. This past summer, the sales tax on food was eliminated in West Virginia. In announcing the news, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) said that “West Virginians have been burdened by a regressive tax on one of life’s basic necessities [for too long].”

In other words, removing snow is an essential service in Wisconsin. A basic necessity.

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Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.