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New Ways to Trigger Nexus in Wisconsin

  • Jul 22, 2015 | Gail Cole

 How to trigger nexus in Wisconsin.

Retailers selling into multiple tax jurisdictions often have difficulty determining where they have nexus and knowing exactly what types of activities trigger sales or use tax. Nexus is made more complex by the inconstant nature of retail (sales go up and sales go down; new markets are entered and old markets abandoned), differences between states, and the fluid nature of state and local sales and use tax laws. Take, for example, recent legislative changes affecting nexus creating activities in Wisconsin.

Effective July 14, 2015, nexus is created for retailers who maintain, occupy, or use (permanently or temporarily, directly or indirectly, or through a subsidiary, agent, or some other person) any of the following in Wisconsin:

  • Office
  • Place of distribution
  • Sales or sample room or place
  • Warehouse or storage space
  • Other place of business


Also effective July 14, 2015, the definition of nexus is expanded to include having any representative in Wisconsin in order to perform services or any of the activities described in sec. 77.51(13g), Wis. Stats. Furthermore, provisions added to 77.51(13g) expand the definition of nexus-creating activities to include the following:

  • “Servicing, repairing, or installing equipment or other tangible personal property, or items, property, or goods under sec. 77.52(1)(b), (c), or (d), Wis. Stats.
  • Delivering tangible personal property or items under sec. 77.52(1)(b), (c), or (d), into Wisconsin in a vehicle operated by the person that sells the property or items that are delivered.
  • Performing construction activities in Wisconsin.”

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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.