Wisconsin County and Municipalities Financial Report

  1. Who is required to file a Financial Report?
  2. When is this report due?
  3. Are penalties assessed if this report is filed late?
  4. Will I receive information in the mail?
  5. Am I able to electronically file this report?
  6. Can I amend this report?
  7. What should I do if I'm having trouble with the Form Reconciliation page?

  1. Who is required to file a Financial Report?

    Each Wisconsin municipality and county is required to submit a Financial Report to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) showing prior year revenues and expenditures.

    • Form A – filed by counties
    • Form C – filed by cities, villages and towns (with proprietary funds)
    • Form CT– filed by towns (with no proprietary funds)

    Form D is no longer available - use Form A. Form B is no longer available - use Form C. 

  2. When is this report due?
    • March 31 – for municipalities and counties with a population less than 2,500
    • May 1 – for municipalities and counties with a population over 2,500
    • May 15 – extended due date for all municipalities and counties (no extension request required)

    Municipalities and counties with a population over 25,000 are also required to submit an auditor's opinion with a final version of the Financial Report by July 31. The auditor's opinion will state whether the information submitted on the report is fairly stated in relation to their audited financial statements.

  1. Are penalities assessed if this report is filed late?

    If the report is not filed by May 15, state law requires a late filing penalty that will reduce your General Transportation Aid payments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) (sec. 86.303 (7)(a)(b)(c)(d) Wis. Stats.)

    If no report is received, DOR may hire a Certified Public Accountant to compile the report from municipal or county records. The cost of this report is billed directly to the municipality or county.

  2. Will I receive information in the mail?

    In mid-January, we mail each municipality and county a Financial Report packet, which includes:

    • Filing instructions
    • General Transportation Aid program information provided by DOT
    • Copy of the financial report data filed by the municipality or county the year before last ("playback")
    • U.S. Census Bureau Form F-65 (to be returned to DOR)
    • DOR addressed envelope
  3. Am I able to electronically file this report?

    The report can be electronically filed on the our website.

    • Go to the Financial Report page
    • Select the appropriate report
    • Select "Start Filing" and enter the required information
    • Print or save the report for your records and click "Submit Return"
  4. Can I amend this report?

    You cannot submit an amended report using the e-file option on our website. You must print the amended report and submit it via mail or fax:

Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Local Government Services MS 6-97
PO Box 8971   
Madison, WI 53708-8971
Fax (608)264-6887
  1. What should I do if I'm having trouble with the Form Reconciliation page? 

Last updated February 8, 2013