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Wisconsin: Sellers at Temporary Events May Owe Sales Tax


 Attend a trade show in Wisconsin in 2014? You could owe sales and use tax.

Holiday craft fairs and similar temporary events may be wrapping up but sellers’ 2014 sales tax obligations must still be fulfilled. Generally, sellers who make at least $1,000 in sales of taxable products or services in Wisconsin during a calendar year must obtain a seller’s permit and collect and remit sales tax.

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue provides the following example to illustrate its point:

A seller attended a trade show in June 2014 and distributed flyers and business cards to potential customers. No sales were made at the trade show but in August 2014, the seller later took orders for products and shipped them to Wisconsin locations. The seller is liable for Wisconsin sales or use tax on those products since the seller is engaged in business in Wisconsin until December 31, 2014.

Additional information is available through the Department of Revenue.

You might be surprised by the sorts of activities that can trigger sales and use tax in Wisconsin and other states. Automated sales tax software as a service (SaaS) facilitates sales tax compliance for businesses of all sizes. Learn more.

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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.