Software Developers Guide - Special Instructions


Special Instructions when calculating the Married Couple Credit

Any military pay that is subtracted from Wisconsin income using subtraction code 20 (line 11 of Form 1) cannot be included in wages on line 1 of Schedule 2 – Married Couple Credit when Both Spouses are Employed.

Special Instructions for Armed Forces Personnel Filing Form 1NPR

If the taxpayer was a member of the U.S. uniformed services, they should not include military compensation on line 1 column B (federal column) Form 1NPR that was received during a period of time in which they were a nonresident of Wisconsin. This does not apply to Wisconsin residents who are stationed outside Wisconsin.

Form Instructions:
If the taxpayer meets this exception, fill in “09” in the Special Conditions box on page 1 of Form 1NPR. Fill in the amount of military compensation on the line next to the box.

Special Instructions for Reserve or National Guard Members

Taxpayers that are in the Reserves or National Guard and served on active duty, should not include any military pay in Wisconsin income that is included on their W-2 and that was:

    1. received from the federal government
    2. received after being called into active federal service or into special state serfice authorized by the federal Department of Defense, and
    3. paid for a period of time during which the taxpayer was on active duty.

This only applies to members of the Reserves or National Guard who are called into active federal service under 10 USC 12302(a) or 10 USC 12304 or into special state service under 32 USC 502(f).

However, it does not apply to pay that members of the Reserves and National Guard receive for weekend and two-week annual training. It also does not apply to a person who is serving on active duty or full-time duty in the active guard reserve (AGR) program.

Form instructions:
Form 1NPR filers should subtract this income from their Wisconsin W-2 income for line 1 (column A), and fill in “14” in the Special Conditions box on page 1 of Form 1NPR.

Form 1 filers claiming this subtraction, fill in subtraction code “20” and the amount on line 11 of page 1 of Form 1.

If taxpayers are eligible for this subtraction, they also must subtract this income from line 1 on Schedule 2 (Married Couple Credit).

Paperless 1099-G

For 2012 and future tax years, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (WDOR) will no longer mail the Form 1099-G to electronic filers; however, that information will be available online at DOR's website: https://ww2.revenue.wi.gov/1099G/Inquiry/request.html

The check box for element ../SignatuerArea/Signature/EMailConsent should default to being checked in your software package. Wording for the checkbox is provided below. You can give a person the ability to uncheck the box; however, the department will still not mail a paper Form 1099-G.

Taxpayers who choose to receive notification when their Form 1099-G is available online must provide an email address. Software vendors should present the following statements with the consent checkbox and email address field.

Go Paperless! I understand the Wisconsin Department of Revenue will no longer mail the Form 1099-G which is used when preparing the federal income tax return, if I itemize deductions and receive a state income tax refund. I, or my tax preparer, will have access to the online Form 1099-G on the department's secure, confidential website at revenue.wi.gov.

Check this box and provide an email address if you want to be notified when your Form 1099- G is available online each year.

Email address: __________________________________ Your email address is confidential and will not be sold by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Form 1099G Web Service Request

WDOR is interested in building a web service connection with software vendors so you can automatically access the Form 1099-G data and be able to report this taxable income on your client's federal individual income tax return. If you are interested in developing a web service with WDOR, please contact Keith Gross at keith.gross@revenue.wi.gov.

In order to obtain this data from our web service, your client must give you authorization to access their data. Thus, your software must have some language within your Terms and Conditions where your client gives you authorization to contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to obtain this data to use in the preparation of their tax return. Some suggested language would be:

This tax preparation software includes a feature that allows you to import, where applicable, certain tax-related information from participating financial institutions, payroll processors, ........ State Revenue Agencies, ....... You are responsible for verifying the accuracy of the information that is imported. .......

Your client must agree to this term and condition prior to you making any connection with WI DOR to obtain their Form 1099G data.

Special Instructions for Resident Taxpayers with Federal Penalties on IRAs, Other Retirement Plans, MSAs, Etc.

The Wisconsin penalty on IRAs, retirement plans, medical savings accounts (MSAs), etc., is equal to 33% of the following federal taxes:

Form instructions:
Form 1 filers subject to any of the above federal taxes for 2011, fill in the total of such taxes in the space provided on line 38. Multiply the amount filled in by .33 (33%) and fill in the result on line 38.

Form 1NPR resident filers subject to any of the above federal taxes for 2011, fill in the total of such taxes in the space provided on line 64. Multiply the amount filled in by .33 (33%) and fill in the result on line 64.

Note: Taxpayers are not subject to the penalty on payments from certain retirement plans if the payments are exempt from Wisconsin tax. See form instructions for information on retirement payments that are exempt from Wisconsin tax and to which the penalty does not apply.

If the taxpayer was a Wisconsin resident at the time the distribution was received, it is subject to this penalty.

Special Instructions for Certain Schedules


Schedule DC Schedule JC Schedule JT Schedule WB
Schedule DM Schedule FL Schedule MI Schedule WC
Schedule EC Schedule FP Schedule MP Veterans
Schedule ED Schedule FW Schedule OS Surviving Spouse
Schedule FC Schedule H Schedule PE Property Tax
Schedule FC-A Schedule HR Schedule TC Credit
  Schedule IE Schedule VC  
  1. Wisconsin would prefer that you attach any required documents as a PDF when claiming a credit for any of the above schedules. All certifications and other supporting documentation for each schedule must be attached. The documents should be attached using the Binary Attachments node found in the schema.
  2. If you cannot attach the required documents as a PDF, you can mail the Form W-RA, along with the required documents.
  3. Taxpayers claiming the Historic Rehabilitation Credit passed thru from an S-Corporation or a Partnership may not e-file as these taxpayers are not required to file the Schedule HR.

Last updated November 02, 2012