Homestead Credit

Electronically-Filed Claims

  1. Can I file my homestead credit claim electronically?
  2. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, how can I avoid making common errors that cause delays?
  3. When will I receive my homestead credit if I file electronically?
  4. What can I expect if my electronically filed Wisconsin income tax return was selected for review of my homestead credit claim?
  5. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, do I need to submit any paper copies?
  6. What is the Wisconsin Form W-RA, Required Attachments for Electronic Filing? What should I attach to the Form W-RA before sending it?
  7. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, how do I attach explanations and notes as requested in the Schedule H and H-EZ Instruction Booklet?

  1. Can I file my homestead credit claim electronically?

    Several options to file homestead credit claims electronically are available:

    • If you electronically file your 2013 federal and Wisconsin income tax returns, you can file your homestead credit claim electronically together with these tax returns. If you do not have a Wisconsin income tax filing requirement, you can file a Schedule H by itself (if your software allows it). See the information concerning web-based filing and off-the-shelf or downloaded software. Note: Some low-income taxpayers may qualify for free preparation and filing. Otherwise, you may have a registered tax preparer or tax practitioner file your federal and Wisconsin returns, including homestead credit, electronically. Refer to the complete instructions on how to prepare your homestead credit claim electronically.
    • Another option is WI e-file. If you meet all of the qualifications, you can use WI e-file to electronically file your 2013 Wisconsin income tax return and homestead credit claim at the same time by selecting Form 1, Form 1A, or Form 1X on the WI e-file selection page.

      If you do not have a Wisconsin income tax filing requirement, you can use WI e-file to file your homestead credit claim by selecting Schedule H on the WI e-file selection page.

      For additional information about this free of charge fill-in-the-form website for filing electronically, go to WI e-file.

    See electronic filing of your homestead credit claim for more information.

  2. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, how can I avoid making common errors that cause delays?

    To avoid making common errors that cause delays, follow the tips and hints at "Electronically Filed Homestead Credit Information" in Wisconsin Tax Bulletin 153, page 11.

    Also, see the instructions on how to prepare your homestead credit claim electronically and Publication 127, Wisconsin Homestead Credit Situations and Solutions.

  3. When will I receive my homestead credit if I file electronically?

    You may be able to receive your homestead credit in as little as five business days if you file electronically, you choose direct deposit, and your claim is not selected for review.

    The normal processing time for an electronically filed homestead credit claim (with or without a Form 1 or Form 1A) that is not selected for review is five to ten business days. To avoid delays, you should refer to our Publication 127, Wisconsin Homestead Credit Situations and Solutions. If your electronically filed homestead credit claim is selected for review, see Question 4 for additional information. Once all issues are resolved and you chose direct deposit, a direct deposit of your refund will be made to your bank account. If the direct deposit fails, a paper check will be issued within ten business days.

    If it has been more than ten weeks since you submitted your homestead credit claim, or more than ten weeks since you submitted information requested by this department, you may obtain refund information by email to Refund Inquiry or through our website. You may also call (608) 266-8100 Madison) or 1-866-WIS-RFND 1-866-947-7363, toll-free within the U.S. or Canada). Either way, have your social security number and the dollar amount of your refund available. If you prefer, you may write to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Mail Stop 5-77, PO Box 8949, Madison WI 53708-8949. Please include your social security number on all correspondence.

  4. What can I expect if my electronically filed Wisconsin income tax return was selected for review of my homestead credit claim?

    A return or claim selected for review will not be reviewed until the Form W-RA, Required Attachments for Electronic Filing and attachments are received. Please wait a minimum of four weeks from the date the Form W-RA was actually submitted before contacting the department.

    If the department sends you a letter stating your Form W-RA with required attachments was not received, you should submit them, either by mail or electronically, in response to the letter.

    When your Form W-RA with attachments is received, your Wisconsin income tax return, homestead credit claim, and Form W-RA with attachments are reviewed for correctness and completeness. After review, one of the following may happen:

    • You may receive a letter requesting additional information or documentation.
    • Your return may be adjusted based on the information provided.
    • Your return may be released from review with no adjustment based on the information provided.

    If your return is adjusted, you will receive an adjustment notice. The notice will show the amounts used to compute your correct homestead credit and the reasons your claim was adjusted. If you disagree with the adjustment made to your claim, you must file a written appeal within 60 days of receipt of our notice. If no appeal is filed within 60 days of receipt, the adjustment becomes final and conclusive.

    If your return was selected for review, and you chose direct deposit, a direct deposit of your refund will be made to your bank account. If the direct deposit fails, a paper check is sent to the address on your return.

  5. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, do I need to submit any paper copies?

    For all electronically filed homestead credit claims, within 48 hours of receiving the Wisconsin acknowledgement, you must provide the department with the following:

    • The Form W-RA, Required Attachments for Electronic Filing, and
    • All attachments, such as Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1098-T, property tax bills, original rent certificates, legal documents, and other required statements.

    Don't send a paper copy of the electronically filed income tax return or Schedule H or H-EZ, Homestead Credit Claim, as this can cause delays.

  6. What is the Wisconsin Form W-RA, Required Attachments for Electronic Filing? What should I attach to the Form W-RA before submitting it?

    The Form W-RA is required whenever you electronically file for homestead credit. It should be submitted within 48 hours of receipt of your Wisconsin acknowledgment and should include all required attachments (Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, original 2013 rent certificates, copies of your 2013 property tax bills, legal documents and statements).

    There are several ways to submit your Form W-RA and required attachments to the department. You may 1) electronically transmit it, 2) electronically attach it (when using WI e-File or a tax preparation software that provides the option to electronically attach documents), or 3) mail it. If you choose to mail the form, send it to Wisconsin Department of Revenue, PO Box 8977, Madison, WI 53708-8977 if using the United States Postal Service or Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Mail Opening - Mail Stop 1-151, 2135 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713 if using an alternate mail carrier.

    Note: Refunds may not complete processing until we receive the Form W-RA with its required attachments. Be sure it was submitted by one of the methods in the paragraph above.

  7. If I file my homestead credit claim electronically, how do I attach explanations and notes as requested in the Schedule H and H-EZ Instruction Booklet?

    You should use the Homestead Notes and Attachments page provided by your software or within WI e-file and submit the information electronically with your homestead credit claim. Refer to this list of all the instances when a claimant must provide either a note or a copy of a document when filing a homestead credit claim. Your software should allow you to check all instances that apply to the claim.

    For detailed instructions see: "Electronic Filing of Individual Income Tax Returns with Homestead Credit Claims".

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
PO Box 8949, MS 5-77
Madison WI 53708-8949
Phone: (608) 266-8641
Fax: (608) 267-1030
Email additional questions to DORHomesteadCredit@revenue.wi.gov

December 17, 2013