Homestead Credit (Circuit Breaker)

State

Wisconsin

Year

2020

Variations in Receipt of Benefit

Benefit Varies with Income

Benefit Type

Circuit Breaker

Benefit

The benefit is a refundable state income tax credit for property taxes paid. It is determined by 2 brackets. For those with income at or below $8,060, the credit is 80% of up to $1,460 taxes paid, for a maximum credit of $1,168. For those with income above $8,060 but less than $24,680, the credit is equal to 80% of the amount by which property taxes exceed 8.785% of household income in excess of $8,060. These factors are indexed to inflation. Applications for credits on 2019 real estate tax bills must be filed with the Department of Revenue by 15 April 2024.

How is Benefit Disbursed

Credit to the income tax bill

Eligible Property Type

Residential

Characteristics of Eligible Property

Only residential property and up to 1 acre of surrounding land is eligible for this program. If a homestead that is part of a farm, up to 120 acres are eligible.

Eligibility Criteria

Age

Disability

Homeowner

Income Ceiling

Renter

Other Criteria

Description of Eligibility Criteria

The claimant must be a homeowner or renter when filing the claim and must have resided in Wisconsin for previous whole prior year when filing the claim. The 2019 income ceiling for households filing in 2020 is $24,680. The claimant or claimant's spouse must meet one of the following criteria: (1) must be 62 years of age or older by the last day of the year before the claim is filed; (2) must be disabled; or (3) must have earned income during the year. The claimant must be over 18 years of age but not claimed as a dependent during the year the to which the claim relates, unless the claimant is 62 years of age or older. To be eligible, the claimant may not be receiving the veterans and surviving spouse property tax credit or a farmland preservation credit for the same year. Homestead credit is not allowed if the claimant received Wisconsin Works (W2) payments for all 12 months of the year.

Local Option in Adoption of Program

Local government is unable to exercise an option

Local Option Regarding Program Features

No local option regarding program features

State Funding for Local Tax Loss

State reimburses all of the local government tax loss

Description of State Funding for Tax Loss

Benefits are provided as a credit on state income tax.

Record ID

WI101_RR20

Footnotes

In computing household income, a claimant may deduct $500 for each dependent living with the claimant. For renters, property taxes are assumed to be 20% of rent if heat is included or 25% of rent if heat is not included in the rent.

Sources

Wis. Stat. § 71.07 (4);
Wis. Stat. § 71.51 ~ § 71.55 (in effect for 2020)
Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Wisconsin Homestead Credit Situations and Solutions, (2020)
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/DOR%20Publications/pb127.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Wisconsin Income Tax 2019 Form 1 (2019 income for filing in 2020) Income Tax Form line
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/TaxForms2017through2019/2019-Form1f.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Wisconsin Income Tax 2019 Form 1 Instructions
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/TaxForms2017through2019/2019-Form1-Inst.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Application (Schedule H) for Homestead Credit (2019 taxable information for filing in 2020).
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/TaxForms2017through2019/2019-ScheduleHf.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Wisconsin Homestead Credit 2018 H and H-EZ Instructions
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/TaxForms2017through2019/2019-ScheduleH-inst.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Homestead Tax Credit Program Summary (FY 2018)
[ https://www.revenue.wi.gov/dorreports/2018hmsted.pdf Accessed 11/05/2021]
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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Website: Claiming a Homestead Credit
[https://www.revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.aspx Accessed 11/05/2021]
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