Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax

Cigarette and Tobacco Products Tax Returns and Reports


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2019 Tax Return Uniformity Project Information

  1. Why are the 2019 tax returns changing?

  2. What changes will be made?

  3. What do I need to do?

  4. Will training be available?

  5. How can I receive up-to-date information about the project?

  6. What if I have questions about the project?


  1. Why are the 2019 tax returns changing?

    Wisconsin is joining other states in adopting uniform tax forms to assist distributors in complying with various state reporting and tax collection requirements. The uniform forms were developed in consultation with industry representatives by the Federation of Tax Administrator's (FTA) Tobacco Uniformity Project. For more information regarding this nationwide project, visit the FTA's website at: https://www.taxadmin.org/tobacco-tax-uniformity-project

    Wisconsin XML User Guide – Please review the Developers Guide for detailed information regarding the Wisconsin implementation of the Uniformity schema.

  2. What changes will be made?
    • Electronic filing will no longer be available through Adobe LiveCycle Fill-In Forms. A new e-file method will be available through My Tax Account, the department's self-service business tax filing system.

    • Forms have been eliminated, combined, and updated. Below are the draft 2019 tax forms and instructions.
  3. What do I need to do?

    Review the draft 2019 tax forms to determine if you need to make bookkeeping and/or software programming changes to your accounting systems in preparation of filing your 2019 Wisconsin cigarette and tobacco products tax returns.

    Determine which filing method you plan to use for your 2019 tax returns.

    • If you plan to electronically file your 2019 tax returns using an approved .xml data file, you will be required to use the new .xml schema. The department will post information on this web page this fall when the new schema is available.
    • If you plan to electronically file your 2019 tax returns using the department's online filing system, you will be required to electronically file using My Tax Account, the department's self-service business tax filing system. This filing system will replace the current filing system that uses Adobe LiveCycle fill-in forms. The department will post information on this web page about available training this fall.

  4. How can I receive up-to-date information about the project?

    Subscribe to the department's electronic mailing lists to receive up-to-date information of interest to e-file developers and to receive up-to-date information about reporting and filing changes. Available mailing lists are:

    • Excise Tax e-file Developer
    • Cigarette and Tobacco Products Distributor Uniformity Project

    Sign up here

  5. Will training be available?

    The department will have in-person training sessions, as well as live and recorded webinars this fall to assist with this change. Available training will be posted on the department's training web page.

  6. What if I have questions about the project?

    Contact the department at:

    Excise Tax Unit
    Wisconsin Department of Revenue
    PO Box 8900
    Madison, WI 53708-8900

    Phone: (608) 266-6701
    Email: DORWIUniformCigTobForms@wisconsin.gov

​FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Excise Tax Unit
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
PO Box 8900
Madison, WI 53708-8900
Phone: (608) 266-6701
Fax: (608) 261-7049
Email additional questions to DORExciseTaxpayerAssistance@wisconsin.gov

March 29, 2018