2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
March 8, 2011 - Introduced by Representatives A. Ott, Ballweg, Berceau, Brooks,
Molepske Jr, Mursau, Petrowski, Spanbauer, Thiesfeldt and Jorgensen,
cosponsored by Senators Moulton and Schultz. Referred to Committee on
Ways and Means.
1An Act to create
71.05 (6) (b) 47. of the statutes; relating to: creating an
2individual income tax subtract modification for amounts received from the well
3contamination and abandonment compensation program.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers
a program that provides compensation to persons with contaminated wells and wells
that are unused. A person with a family income of not more than $65,000 may be
eligible for the program. The program generally pays 75 percent of eligible costs with
a maximum award of $9,000. Eligible costs include the costs of treating the well
water, of constructing a new well or obtaining clean water from another source, or
of abandoning an unused well.
This bill creates an individual income tax subtract modification for amounts
received by an individual from DNR under the contaminated and abandoned wells
compensation program. Under the bill, the amount of the award received by an
individual is exempt from taxation.
Because this bill relates to an exemption from state or local taxes, it may be
referred to the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions for a report to be printed
as an appendix to the bill.
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:
AB47, s. 1
71.05 (6) (b) 47. of the statutes is created to read:
(b) 47. Any amount received from the department of natural resources 3
as an award under the well contamination and abandonment compensation program 4
that is described under s. 281.75.
(1) This act first applies to taxable years beginning on January 1 of the year 7
in which this subsection takes effect, except that if this subsection takes effect after 8
July 31 this act first applies to taxable years beginning on January 1 of the year 9
following the year in which this subsection takes effect.