Registration of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses

  1. What is a "qualified Wisconsin business"?
  2. My business has been certified by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2013. Do I still need to register with the Department of Revenue as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2014?
  3. Who may register as a qualified Wisconsin business?
  4. How does a business register?
  5. When may a business register?
  6. What information from a registration is made available to the public?
  7. May business contact information, address, or other information provided with a registration be updated?
  8. My business does not appear on the 2011, 2012, or 2013 lists of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses even though I requested certification through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. What should I do?

  1. What is a "qualified Wisconsin business"?

    A qualified Wisconsin business is a business certified by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) or registered with the Department of Revenue (DOR).

    The WEDC is responsible for certifying businesses through 2013. The DOR registration program begins in 2014.

  2. My business has been certified by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2013. Do I still need to register with the Department of Revenue as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2014?

    Yes. A business must register in each year for which it desires to be a qualified Wisconsin business.

  3. Who may register as a qualified Wisconsin business?

    A business may register as a qualified Wisconsin business if, in the business's tax year ending immediately before the date of registration:

    • the business has at least 2 full-time employees,
    • the amount of payroll compensation paid by the business in Wisconsin is at least 50 percent of all payroll compensation paid by the business, and
    • the value of real and tangible personal property owned or rented and used by the business in Wisconsin is at least 50 percent of the value of all real and tangible personal property owned or rented and used by the business.
  4. How does a business register?

    A business must register using the department's online application. An immediate confirmation of registration is provided, and the business will be placed on an Internet listing of qualified Wisconsin businesses within 3 weeks of registration.

  5. When may a business register?

    The online application will be available beginning January 2, 2014. Registration for 2014 must be completed by January 1, 2015.

  6. What information from a registration is made available to the public?

    The business's legal name and address; the name, email address, and phone number of a contact person for the business; and the business's Internet address is posted to a listing of qualified Wisconsin businesses.

  7. May business contact information, address, or other information provided with a registration be updated?

    Yes. An amended registration may be submitted through the online application.

  8. My business does not appear on the 2011, 2012, or 2013 lists of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses even though I requested certification through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. What should I do?

    If you received confirmation from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that your business had been certified for 2011, 2012, or 2013, mail a copy of the certification to the address at the bottom of this page asking that your business be added to the Lists of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses.

    If you did not receive confirmation or denial from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, contact Steve Sabatke at steven.sabatke@wedc.org or 608-210-6741.

    Note: The Department of Revenue will post the 2013 list of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses as soon as it becomes available from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Customer Service Bureau
PO Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949
Phone: (608) 266-2772
Fax: (608) 267-1030
Email: DORIncome@revenue.wi.gov

Page last updated January 21, 2014