Interest and penalties.
Prosecutions by attorney general.
TAX ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
Examination of records.
Appeals, presumption, administration.
In ss. 139.01
unless the context or the subject matter otherwise requires:
"Bottler" means any person other than a brewer who places fermented malt beverages in bottles or similar containers.
"Brewer" means any person who manufactures fermented malt beverages for sale or transportation.
"Intoxicating liquors" includes all ardent, spirituous, distilled or vinous liquors, liquids or compounds, whether medicated, proprietary, patented or not, and by whatever name called, containing one-half of one per cent or more of alcohol by volume, which are fit for use for beverage purposes, but does not include "fermented malt beverages" as defined in s. 125.02
"License," and "fermented malt beverages" have the same meaning as in s. 125.02
, and "licensed premises" are premises described in licenses issued by cities, villages or towns under the authority of said section.
A "manufacturer" is a person, other than a rectifier, who manufactures or distills intoxicating liquors, including selling at wholesale such intoxicating liquors manufactured or distilled by the licensee at the premises designated in the license.
A "rectifier" is a person who rectifies, purifies or refines distilled spirits or wines by any process other than by original and continuous distillation from mash, wort or wash, through continuous closed vessels or pipes, until the manufacture thereof is complete, or who has in his or her possession any still or leach tub or keeps any other apparatus for the purpose of refining in any manner distilled spirits or the other liquors, or who after rectifying and purifying distilled spirits, by mixing such spirits or liquors with any materials, manufactures any spurious, imitation or compound liquors for sale, and any person who, without rectifying, purifying or refining distilled spirits, by mixing such spirits with any materials, manufactures any spurious, imitation or compound liquors for sale under the name of "whiskey," "brandy," "gin," "rum," "spirits," "cordials" or any other name, and who is also a distiller or is under substantially the same management or control as a distiller. A rectifier may sell at wholesale intoxicating liquors rectified by him or her without any other license than that of a rectifier.
"Retailer" as applied to a seller of fermented malt beverages has the same meaning as in s. 125.02
, and as applied to a seller of intoxicating liquors is any person who sells such liquors to consumers.
"Secretary" means the secretary of revenue.
"Sell" or "sold" or "sale" or "selling" includes the transfer, gift, barter, trade or exchange of intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages; offering or exposing intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages for transfer, gift, barter, trade or exchange; possession of intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages with intent to transfer, give, barter, trade or exchange the same; or any shift, device, scheme or transaction whatever whereby intoxicating liquor or fermented malt beverages may be obtained; but excludes the solicitation of orders for, or the sale for future delivery.
"Wholesaler" as applied to a seller of fermented malt beverages has the same meaning as in s. 125.02
, and as applied to a seller of intoxicating liquors is any person other than a manufacturer or rectifier who sells such liquors to licensed retailers or other permittees for the purpose of resale.
Fermented malt beverages tax. 139.02(1)
Tax imposed; rate; limitation.
An occupational tax is imposed upon the removal for consumption or sale or selling of fermented malt beverages at the rate of $2 per barrel of 31 gallons and at a proportionate rate for any other quantity or fractional parts thereof. Not more than one occupational tax shall be required to be paid on any one container of fermented malt beverages.
(2) Tax credit to eligible producers. 139.02(2)(a)(a)
Each eligible producer shall receive a credit in the amount of 50% of the tax paid or payable by the producer under this section in any given calendar year on the first 50,000 barrels taxed under this section in that year.
In this section "eligible producer" means any producer of fermented malt beverages, whether or not located in this state, producing less than 300,000 barrels of fermented malt beverages in the calendar year for which credit under par. (a)
is claimed. In determining the number of barrels, all brands or labels of a producer shall be combined. All facilities for the production of fermented malt beverages owned or controlled by the same person shall be deemed a single producer.
History: 1973 c. 256
; 1977 c. 203
An occupational tax is imposed upon the selling of intoxicating liquor as follows:
The rate of that tax is 85.86 cents per liter on intoxicating liquor, except wine containing not in excess of 21% of alcohol by volume, containing 0.5% or more of alcohol by volume. The department of revenue may, by rule, set the amount of the taxes imposed under this section for various sizes of containers if the amounts set are in the same proportion to the size of the containers as the rate per liter under this subsection.
The rate of that tax is 6.605 cents per liter on wine containing 14% or less of alcohol by volume, and 11.89 cents per liter on wine containing more than 14% of alcohol by volume but not in excess of 21% of alcohol by volume.
(2x) Intoxicating liquor floor tax imposed; procedures. 139.03(2x)(a)(a)
Floor tax imposed.
On the date tax rate changes become effective under this section a floor tax is imposed upon every manufacturer, rectifier, wholesaler and retailer who is in possession of any intoxicating liquor held for resale on which the intoxicating liquor tax already has been imposed. The person shall determine the volume of that intoxicating liquor and shall file with the department of revenue by the 15th day of the month following the month in which the new tax rate becomes effective a return, together with any tax due on it, determined under par. (b)
. The department of revenue shall provide the returns required under this subsection.
Floor tax computation.
The amount of any intoxicating liquor floor tax shall be computed by multiplying the number of liters of intoxicating liquor held in inventory as determined under par. (a)
by the difference between the tax rate already paid and the new tax rate, and expressing the resulting figure in dollars.
Administration. Sections 71.74 (1)
, 71.75 (4)
, 71.80 (12)
, 71.82 (2)
, 71.83 (2) (b) 3.
, 71.88 (1) (a)
and (2) (a)
, 71.91 (1) (a)
apply to the administration of this subsection for the assessment and collection of additional taxes when tax rate changes become effective.
Late filing fee.
Any person who fails to file a floor tax return when due shall pay a late filing fee of $10. A return shall be considered filed in time if it is mailed in a properly addressed envelope with 1st class postage duly prepaid, if the envelope is officially postmarked on the date due and if the return is actually received by the department within 5 days of the due date.
If the tax imposed in this subsection is not paid when due, interest at the rate of 1.5% per month accrues from the date the tax became due until the tax is paid.
If any person liable for the tax under this subsection files a false or fraudulent return, there shall be added to the tax an amount equal to the tax the person evaded or attempted to evade.
Not more than one occupational tax shall be required to be paid on any one container of intoxicating liquor.
(4) Sections 71.74 (1)
, 71.75 (4)
, 71.80 (12)
, 71.82 (2)
, 71.83 (2) (b) 3.
, 71.88 (1) (a)
and (2) (a)
, 71.91 (1) (a)
apply to the administration of this section for the assessment and collection of additional taxes when a tax rate change becomes effective.
No person who enters this state from another state may have in his or her possession and bring into the state any intoxicating liquor or wine. The prohibition in this paragraph does not apply to a person who changes his or her domicile from another state or a foreign country to this state and who brings into this state intoxicating liquor and wine constituting household goods. The prohibition in this paragraph does not apply to intoxicating liquor or wine consigned to any person having a permit from the secretary to engage in the sale of such intoxicating liquor or wine.
Any person, except an underage person as defined under s. 125.02 (20m)
, who leaves a foreign country, after spending at least 48 hours in that foreign country, with the purpose of entering this state may have in that person's possession and bring into the state intoxicating liquor or wine in sealed original containers in amounts not to exceed, in the aggregate, 4 liters without payment of the tax imposed under this subchapter. The 4 liters of tax-free intoxicating liquor and wines may not be sent, shipped or carried into the state other than in the immediate possession of the person as qualified by this subsection.
Any person who violates any provision of pars. (a)
by having in his or her possession more than the amount specified may be fined not less than $25 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 90 days or both. If any such person is convicted of a 2nd or subsequent offense, the person may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both.
Any intoxicating liquor or wine involved in a violation of this section is declared forfeit and upon confiscation by the department of revenue shall be disposed of in accordance with s. 125.14 (2) (e)
The department shall negotiate and, if possible, enter into reciprocal agreements with the appropriate officials of other states concerning the shipping of wine to individuals in this state under ss. 125.58 (4)
and 125.68 (10) (bm)
. The purpose of the agreements shall be to permit those shipments while ensuring that the fiscal impact of shipments of wine to individuals in this state from other states, and from this state to individuals in other states, is fair to this state. An agreement under this section may include the provision that this state will tax wine shipped from this state to individuals in another state and the other state will tax wine shipped to individuals in this state.
History: 1987 a. 399
Making of wine, cider or fermented malt beverages at home solely for consumption therein and use thereof in such home by the family and guests without compensation.
Furnishing by a brewer of fermented malt beverages to workmen employed in the brewery for consumption on the brewery premises without charge.
Manufacture or sale of any beverage containing less than one-half of one per cent of alcohol by volume.
Sale or shipment of fermented malt beverages by a brewer to a bottler or of intoxicating liquor in bulk between manufacturers, rectifiers and wineries.
Sale, possession or removal of fermented malt beverages or intoxicating liquor for shipment in interstate or foreign commerce.
Sale and use of wine for sacramental purposes.
Sale of alcohol to industrial permittees to be used for industrial purposes.
Sale of fermented malt beverages to industrial permittees to be used for industrial purposes.
Sale of alcohol to medicinal permittees to be used for hospital or medicinal purposes.
Sale of wine to industrial wine permittees to be used for industrial purposes.
History: 1973 c. 90
; 1985 a. 29
Payment of malt beverages tax. 139.05(1)
The tax imposed in s. 139.02
shall be paid to the department on or before the fifteenth day of the month following the month in which such malt beverages are first sold in this state or shipped into this state.
Each brewer and bottler in this state and each wholesaler of malt beverages within this state to whom malt beverages are shipped from outside this state shall on or before the fifteenth day of each month file with the secretary on forms prescribed by the secretary a verified return containing such information as may be required to compute and show the amount of occupational tax payable by the brewer, bottler or wholesaler or by the shipper for the next preceding calendar month on malt beverages.
For the purposes of subs. (1)
, the payments and returns therein referred to shall be considered furnished, filed or made on time, and payments therein referred to shall be considered timely made, if mailed in a properly addressed envelope, with first class postage duly prepaid, which envelope is officially postmarked before midnight on the date prescribed for such furnishing, filing or making of such payment, provided such statement, return or payment is actually received by the secretary of revenue within 5 days of the prescribed date.
The amount of the occupational tax disclosed by the return shall accompany the return and shall be paid to the department.
In order to ensure the payment of the tax under s. 139.02
together with all interest and penalties thereon, all persons required to make returns and payment of such tax shall first either deposit with the secretary security in the amount, and of a type, determined by the secretary or enter into a surety bond with corporate surety, both bond and surety to be approved by the secretary. The secretary shall require a bond in total amount equal to twice the taxpayer's estimated maximum monthly tax, ascertained in such manner as the secretary deems proper, and the secretary may increase or reduce the amount of the bond, except that the amount of such bond required of any one taxpayer shall not be less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000. These bonds shall be filed with the secretary. The state shall not pay interest on security placed with the secretary.
If any present or future law or regulation effective in any state prohibits a person from shipping into such state a fermented malt beverage produced outside thereof except upon condition that the person shipping such fermented malt beverage into such state first obtain a license therefor from such state and if such license or a renewal thereof may be refused for violation of any law of such state relating to fermented malt beverages, it is unlawful to ship into this state or to purchase or sell within this state any fermented malt beverage produced in such state, unless and until the brewer thereof is the holder of a valid subsisting license as provided in this subsection.
Such license shall be issued by the secretary to persons who hold a valid certificate issued under s. 73.03 (50)
. The application for such license shall be verified and shall contain an agreement on the part of the brewer that the brewer shall observe all laws of this state relating to fermented malt beverages, and such other information and statements as the secretary may require. Any such brewer who has, directly or indirectly, violated any law of this state relating to fermented malt beverages shall not be entitled to such a license. The secretary may require the applicant to furnish and file a bond to be approved by the secretary payable to the state in an amount not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 conditioned upon the faithful compliance by the applicant with the undertakings set forth in the application for the license.
The secretary may suspend or revoke any such license for any false statement made in the application therefor and for any prior or subsequent violation by the licensee, directly or indirectly, or by any person affiliated with or in any way subject to the direction or control of the licensee, of any of the laws of this state relating to fermented malt beverages.
Any such brewer and any other person who ships or causes or permits to be shipped into this state any such fermented malt beverage, and any person who knowingly receives within this state from outside this state any such fermented malt beverage, at a time when the brewer thereof is not the holder of a valid and subsisting license as herein provided, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The conditions and requirements of this subsection are in addition to, and not in lieu of, the conditions and requirements of subs. (1)
If any law or regulation of any state specifies uniform or substantially uniform requirements with respect to any ingredient of fermented malt beverages produced in such state and fermented malt beverages produced outside thereof but sold within such state and if such state or its officials or agencies enforce or give effect to such provisions as against any malt beverage produced outside of such state without concurrently and to the same extent enforcing and giving effect to such provisions as against all malt beverages produced and sold within such state, and if the foregoing is found and determined by the secretary after a public hearing, it shall thereafter be a misdemeanor for any person with knowledge of such finding and determination to ship into or receive or sell within this state any malt beverage produced in such state unless and until the secretary finds and determines, after a public hearing, that such discriminatory treatment has been discontinued.
Liquor tax returns; exceptions. 139.06(1)(a)(a)
The taxes imposed under s. 139.03 (intro.)
on intoxicating liquor at the rates under s. 139.03 (2m)
shall be paid to, and a monthly return filed with, the department of revenue on or before the 15th of the month following the month in which the tax liability is incurred. An administrative fee of 3 cents per gallon on intoxicating liquor taxed at the rates under s. 139.03 (2m)
is imposed, shall be paid along with the taxes and shall be deposited in the appropriation under s. 20.566 (1) (ha)
Liability for taxes at the rates under s. 139.03 (2m)
on intoxicating liquor is incurred by a shipper when intoxicating liquor is shipped into this state, except that liability on liquor produced or bottled in this state or imported directly from a foreign country into this state by a Wisconsin permittee is incurred at the time of the first sale in this state and except that liability for liquor under sub. (3)
is incurred when a Wisconsin permittee receives that liquor.
Each person subject to the tax under s. 139.03
shall file an information report prescribed by the secretary on the dates prescribed by the secretary.
The taxes on wine containing not in excess of 21% of alcohol by volume shall be paid to and a monthly return filed with the department on or before the 15th of the month following the month in which tax liability is incurred. Tax liability is incurred by the shipper when wine is shipped into the state. In the case of wine produced or bottled within the state and wine imported directly from a foreign country into the state by a Wisconsin permittee or winery licensee, tax liability is incurred by the permittee or winery licensee at the time of first sale within the state.
All persons required to file a return and pay intoxicating liquor taxes shall first provide security in the amount, at the time and of the type required by the department of revenue or enter into a surety bond with a corporate surety to secure payment of the tax with bond and surety to be approved by the department. Such bond shall be twice the department's estimate of the taxpayer's maximum monthly tax liability but shall not be less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000. The bonds shall be filed with the department.