Wisconsin retailers can offer a new incentive, under a bill signed in to law by Governor Walker earlier this week. The measure allows them to advertise that they’ll pay the state sales tax for you, if you make a purchase from them.
State Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) was the author of the bill. He says the old rules prohibiting the practice just didn’t make sense, because the businesses are still collecting the taxes.
Wanggaard says the old rule also imposed a fine of up to $500 and jail time for violators.
Wanggaard’s bill to repeal the statute passed both houses of the Legislature on unanimous votes.