Registration of Qualified Wisconsin Businesses

  1. What is a "qualified Wisconsin business"?

  2. My business registered with the Department of Revenue as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2014 through 2017. Do I still need to register as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2018?

  3. Who may register as a qualified Wisconsin business?

  4. How does a business register?

  5. When may a business register?

  6. What information from a registration is made available to the public?

  7. May business contact information, address, or other information provided with a registration be updated?

  8. I started doing business in Wisconsin in 2018. How do I register my business for 2018?

  9. Should the number of employees and amount of payroll and property of a disregarded entity be included in the parent company registration to be a qualified Wisconsin business?


  1. What is a "qualified Wisconsin business"?

    A qualified Wisconsin business is a business certified by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) or registered with the Department of Revenue (DOR).

    The WEDC was responsible for certifying businesses through 2013. The DOR registration program began in 2014.

  2. My business registered with the Department of Revenue as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2014 through 2016. Do I still need to register as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2018?

    Yes. A business must register in each year for which it desires to be a qualified Wisconsin business.

  3. Who may register as a qualified Wisconsin business?

    A business may register as a qualified Wisconsin business if, in the business's tax year ending immediately before the date of registration:

    • The business has at least 2 full-time employees,
    • The amount of payroll compensation paid by the business in Wisconsin is at least 50% of all payroll compensation paid by the business, and
    • The value of real and tangible personal property owned or rented and used by the business in Wisconsin is at least 50% of the value of all real and tangible personal property owned or rented and used by the business.

    Note: For purposes of the payroll qualification, an employee of a professional employer organization, as defined in s. 202.21 (5), or a professional employer group, as defined in s. 202.21 (4), who is performing services for a client is considered an employee solely of the client.

  4. How does a business register?

    A business must register using our Register Qualified Business online application. An immediate confirmation of registration is provided, and the business will be placed on an internet listing of qualified Wisconsin businesses.

  5. When may a business register?

    Registration for 2018 must be completed by January 2, 2019.

  6. What information from a registration is made available to the public?

    The business's legal name and address; the name, email address, and phone number of a contact person for the business; and the business's internet address is posted to a listing of qualified Wisconsin businesses.

  7. May business contact information, address, or other information provided with a registration be updated?

    Yes. An amended registration may be submitted through the online application.

  8. I started doing business in Wisconsin in 2018. How do I register my business for 2018?

    If you are qualified to register as a qualified Wisconsin business for 2019 based on your 2018 tax year, you are considered a qualified Wisconsin business for 2018. To be added to the Internet listing of 2018 qualified Wisconsin businesses, upon completion of your registration for 2019 send an email request to DORISETechnicalServices@wisconsin.gov. Include the name under which your business was registered for 2019 and the confirmation number from your 2019 registration.

    Note: This exception applies only for the year in which you began doing business in Wisconsin, as defined in s. 71.22(1r), Wis. Stats.
  9. Should the number of employees and amount of payroll and property of a disregarded entity be included in the parent company registration to be a qualified Wisconsin business?

    Yes. The number of employees and amount of payroll and property from a disregarded entity are included in the parent company's total employees, payroll, and property when determining eligibility to be considered a qualified Wisconsin business.

    Caution:

    • Sole proprietorships and disregarded entities should not register to be a qualified Wisconsin business.
    • Corporations filing a combined return must qualify independently of each other to register as a qualified Wisconsin business with regards to employees, payroll, and property.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

MS 5-77
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Customer Service Bureau
PO Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949
Phone: (608) 266-2772
Fax: (608) 267-1030
Email additional questions to DORIncome@wisconsin.gov

January 18, 2018