Sales/Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Research, Biotechnology or Manufacturing

Sales/Use Tax Exemption for Property Used in Qualified Research. A fact sheet titled: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Research is available on the Department of Revenue's website. The fact sheet provides general information on who is eligible to claim the exemption, what property is exempt, and what is "qualified research." The exemption is effective for purchases made on and after January 1, 2012.

Update: The sales and use tax exemption for property used in qualified research was amended by 2013 Wis. Act 20, effective July 2, 2013. The Department of Revenue has published 2 fact sheets on this topic, which are available on its website. Fact Sheet 2101-1: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Research From January 1, 2012 Through July 1, 2013, and Fact Sheet 2101-2: Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Qualified Research On and After July 2, 2013.

Sales/Use Tax Exemption for Property Used in Raising Animals Sold for Use in Biotechnology or Manufacturing. A fact sheet titled: Sales and Use Tax Exemptions Relating to Raising Animals Sold for Use in Qualified Research and Manufacturing is available on the Department of Revenue's website. The fact sheet provides general information on who is eligible to claim the exemptions, what property is exempt, and how the purchaser of the animals may furnish information to the seller relating to the animals the purchaser uses in manufacturing or biotechnology. The exemption is effective for purchases made on and after January 1, 2012.

Revised Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate. Form S-211, Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate, has been updated to reflect the new exemptions for property used in qualified research and property used in raising animals sold for use in qualified research or manufacturing. The revised form is available on the Department of Revenue's website.

Certification of Biotechnology Business. Form S-229, Biotechnology Business Certification Request, and instructions, is available on the Department of Revenue's website. A business that is primarily engaged in biotechnology and purchases animals for use in biotechnology or manufacturing may apply with the Department of Revenue for certification. The seller of the animals collects information from certified biotechnology businesses to determine if the seller qualifies for sales and use tax exemptions on certain purchases of property it uses to raise the animals.

Animals Purchased and Used in Qualified Research or Manufacturing. Form S-209, Purchaser's Statement to Seller for Animals Purchased and Used in Qualified Research or Manufacturing, is available on the Department of Revenue's website. The form is used by biotechnology businesses certified by the Department of Revenue, public and private institutions of higher education, and government units who purchase animals for use in qualified research and manufacturing to provide information to the seller of the animals. The seller collects this information to determine if the seller qualifies for sales and use tax exemptions on certain purchases of property it uses to raise the animals.

Contact: Robert Kennedy
(608) 261-5167
DORISETechnicalServices@revenue.wi.gov

Last updated September 24, 2013