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TELEPHONE COMPANY TAX
76.80 76.80 Definitions. In this subchapter:
76.80(1) (1) "Department" means the department of revenue.
76.80(3) (3) "Telecommunications services" means the transmission of voice, video, facsimile or data messages, including telegraph messages, except that "telecommunications services" does not include video service, as defined in s. 66.0420 (2) (y), radio, one-way radio paging or transmitting messages incidental to transient occupancy in hotels, as defined in s. 254.61 (3).
76.80(4) (4) "Telephone company" means any person that provides to another person telecommunications services, including the resale of services provided by another telephone company. "Telephone company" does not include a person who operates a private shared telecommunications system, as defined in s. 196.201 (1), and who is not otherwise a telephone company.
76.80 History History: 1995 a. 351 ss. 17, 18, 32; 2007 a. 42; 2009 a. 276.
76.81 76.81 Imposition. There is imposed a tax on the real property of, and the tangible personal property of, every telephone company, excluding property that is exempt from the property tax under s. 70.11 (39) and (39m), motor vehicles that are exempt under s. 70.112 (5), property that is used less than 50% in the operation of a telephone company, as provided under s. 70.112 (4) (b), and treatment plant and pollution abatement equipment that is exempt under s. 70.11 (21). Except as provided in s. 76.815, the rate for the tax imposed on each description of real property and on each item of tangible personal property is the net rate for the prior year for the tax under ch. 70 in the taxing jurisdictions where the description or item is located. The real and tangible personal property of a telephone company shall be assessed as provided under s. 70.112 (4) (b).
76.81 History History: 1995 a. 351; 1997 a. 237; 2001 a. 16; 2007 a. 19.
76.815 76.815 Combined reporting. For taxes payable in 1998 and 1999, telephone companies that have more than 150,000 access lines in this state may submit a combined report of their items of personal property. Any company that does so shall pay the tax on those items at a rate that reflects the company's weighted average property tax rate based on the value and location of its real property in this state.
76.815 History History: 1995 a. 351.
76.82 76.82 Assessment. The department, using the methods that it uses to assess property under s. 70.995, shall assess the property that is taxable under s. 76.81, including property that is exempt under s. 70.11 (27) from the tax under ch. 70, at its value as of January 1.
76.82 History History: 1995 a. 351.
76.83 76.83 Report; payment. On or before March 1, every telephone company shall send to the department a completed form that the department prescribes. Upon written request, the department may extend the time for filing the report by no more than 30 days. The requirements for payment of taxes under s. 76.13 (2a), as they apply to the tax under subch. I, apply to the tax under this subchapter.
76.83 History History: 1995 a. 351.
76.84 76.84 Administration.
76.84(1)(1) On or before October 1, the department shall notify each telephone company that is subject to the tax under s. 76.81 of the assessed value of its property.
76.84(2) (2) On or before November 1, the department shall notify each telephone company that is subject to the tax under s. 76.81 of the amount of that tax.
76.84(4) (4)Sections 76.03 (4), 76.05, 76.06, 76.075, 76.08, 76.09, 76.13 (1), (2) and (3), 76.14, 76.18, 76.22, 76.23, 76.25 and 76.28 (4) to (6), as they apply to the tax under subch. I, apply to the tax under this subchapter.
76.84(5) (5)Section 71.91, as it applies to the collection of delinquent taxes under ch. 71, applies to the collection of delinquent taxes under this subchapter.
76.84 History History: 1995 a. 351; 1997 a. 27; 2013 a. 20.
subch. V of ch. 76 SUBCHAPTER V
TRANSITIONAL ADJUSTMENT FEE
76.90 76.90 Definitions. In this subchapter:
76.90(1) (1) "Basic local exchange service" has the meaning given in s. 196.01 (1g)
76.90(2) (2) "Commercial mobile service" has the meaning given in 47 USC 332 (d).
76.90(3) (3) "Department" means the department of revenue.
76.90 History History: 1995 a. 351; 1997 a. 27.
76.91 76.91 Imposition.
76.91(1)(1) For 1999 and 2000, there is imposed on each person that is licensed by the federal communications commission to provide commercial mobile service and on each person that, on June 6, 1996, provides basic local exchange service a transitional adjustment fee. Taxpayers shall pay the tax during May 1998, November 1998, May 1999, November 1999 and May 2000. For each month that a fee is due under this subchapter, the taxpayer shall pay to the department an amount calculated as follows:
76.91(1)(a) (a) Determine the amount that the taxpayer would pay during that month, taking into account the reconciliation of the previous year's estimated payments, if the taxpayer were assessed the tax under s. 76.38, 1993 stats., at a rate of 5.77%.
76.91(1)(b) (b) Subtract from the amount under par. (a) the taxpayer's payment during that month of the tax under subch. IV.
76.91(1m) (1m) If the amount calculated under sub. (1) is a negative amount and the taxpayer's annual gross revenue under s. 76.38, 1993 stats., is less than $10,000,000, the taxpayer may claim a credit against the fee imposed under this subchapter as follows:
76.91(1m)(a) (a) For the transitional adjustment fee paid for 1999, the taxpayer may consider the negative amount calculated under sub. (1) to be a positive amount and may claim a credit in an amount equal to 60% of the positive amount.
76.91(1m)(b) (b) For the transitional adjustment fee paid for the year 2000, the taxpayer may consider the negative amount calculated under sub. (1) to be a positive amount and may claim a credit in an amount equal to 40% of the positive amount.
76.91(2) (2) If a person that is licensed by the federal communications commission to provide commercial mobile service in this state is a telephone company under s. 76.02 (9u), 1993 stats., on June 6, 1996, the calculation of the fee under this subchapter is limited to that person's activities as a provider of commercial mobile service in this state.
76.91 History History: 1995 a. 351; 1997 a. 27; 1999 a. 9.
76.92 76.92 Report; payment. On or before March 1, every taxpayer that is subject to the fee under this subchapter shall send to the department a completed form that the department prescribes. Upon written request, the department may extend the time for filing the report by no more than 30 days.
76.92 History History: 1995 a. 351.
76.93 76.93 Administration.
76.93(1)(1) On or before May 1, the department shall notify each taxpayer that is subject to the fee under s. 76.91 of the amount of that fee.
76.93(2) (2)Sections 76.03 (4), 76.04 (1), 76.05, 76.06, 76.14, 76.18, 76.22, 76.24 (1), 76.25 and 76.28 (4) to (6), as they apply to the tax under subch. I, apply to the fee under this subchapter.
76.93 History History: 1995 a. 351.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)