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Wisconsin Still Seeking Auditors

  • Sep 21, 2015 | Gail Cole

 102 auditors in Wisconsin.

Work for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue and you’ll have friendly colleagues, growth opportunities, and never a dull moment (plus great benefits and work-life balance). That’s according to the department’s Auditor Recruiting Video. The Department of Revenue needs 102 additional auditors and 11 additional agents to help uncover more than $80 million in annual revenue for Wisconsin.

If the figures in Governor Scott Walker’s February budget are accurate, “each new ‘front-line auditor’ could average about $940,000 in revenue by mid-2017:”

 “The administration estimates that [102 new auditors] would cost $11.8 million GPR in 2015-16 and $13.6 million GPR in 2016-17, and that the increased audit and tax collection efforts would result in additional tax revenues of $31.5 million in the first year and $82.0 million in the second year” (Legislative Fiscal Bureau).

 Look out, out-of-state sellers

Many of the new hires will focus on businesses that are based in other states and have a strong enough connection to Wisconsin to trigger a tax obligation (nexus). The Department of Revenue reports that “significant underreporting of sales/use taxes have been associated with businesses headquartered outside the state, in part because such businesses have never been subject to a Wisconsin audit.” The salad days are coming to a close for the one out of every seven companies that are licensed to collect Wisconsin sales tax and have out-of-state addresses.

This focus is particularly important given the fact that since mid July, there are new ways to trigger nexus in Wisconsin.

Beware the Minnesotans

A small army of green Wisconsin auditors will undoubtedly be a fierce force. Yet consider this: neighboring Minnesota has twice as many auditors.

Don’t fear – prepare

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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.