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2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
April 28, 2011 - Introduced by Senators Hansen, Erpenbach, Carpenter, Holperin,
Lassa, Leibham
and Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Petersen,
Berceau, Fields, Grigsby, Jorgensen, Milroy, Ringhand
and Turner.
Referred to Committee on Economic Development and Veterans and Military
Affairs.
SB84,1,3 1An Act to create 71.07 (6e) (a) 2. d. of the statutes; relating to: expanding the
2eligibility of an unremarried surviving spouse of a veteran to claim the veterans
3and surviving spouses property tax credit.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the veterans and surviving spouses property tax credit may
be claimed by certain U.S. armed forces veterans and by the unremarried surviving
spouses of certain veterans or members of the national guard or reserves
(collectively, "veterans"). To be eligible to claim the credit, the veteran must meet
several criteria, including having been a resident of this state at the time of entry into
the service or having been a resident of this state for any consecutive five-year period
after entry into that service, and having either a service-connected disability rating
of at least 100 percent or a 100 percent disability rating based on individual
unemployability.
Similarly, to be eligible to claim the credit as a spouse of a veteran, the veteran
to whom the unremarried surviving spouse was married must have been, generally,
a resident of this state at the time of entry into the service or a resident of this state
for any consecutive five-year period after entry into that service, and must have had
either a service-connected disability rating of at least 100 percent or a 100 percent
disability rating based on individual unemployability.
In general, the credit may be currently claimed in an amount equal to the
property taxes paid by the claimant on the veteran's principal dwelling in the year
to which the claim relates. The credit is refundable. If the amount of the credit for

which a claimant is eligible exceeds the claimant's income tax liability, the excess
amount of the credit is paid to the claimant by check.
This bill expands the definition of eligible unremarried surviving spouse to
include an individual who is eligible for, and receives, dependency and indemnity
compensation from the federal government due to his or her spouse's status as a
veteran whose death was service-connected.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB84, s. 1 1Section 1. 71.07 (6e) (a) 2. d. of the statutes is created to read:
SB84,2,92 71.07 (6e) (a) 2. d. An individual who had served on active duty under
3honorable conditions in the U.S. armed forces or in forces incorporated as part of the
4U.S. armed forces; who was a resident of this state at the time of entry into that active
5service or who had been a resident of this state for any consecutive 5-year period
6after entry into that active duty service; who was a resident of this state at the time
7of his or her death; and following the individual's death, his or her spouse began to
8receive, and continues to receive, dependency and indemnity compensation, as
9defined in 38 USC 101 (14).
SB84, s. 2 10Section 2. Initial applicability.
SB84,2,1411 (1) This act first applies to taxable years beginning on January 1 of the year
12in which this subsection takes effect, except that if this subsection takes effect after
13July 31 this act first applies to taxable years beginning on January 1 of the year
14following the year in which this subsection takes effect.
SB84,2,1515 (End)
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