January 16, 2020
To: Manufacturers, Manufacturing Property Owners, and Preparers Filing M-Forms
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has opened its electronic (e-filing) system to manufacturers required to file 2020 Manufacturing Personal Property (M-P) and Real Estate (M-R) Returns (M-Forms). Companies leasing personal property to state-assessed manufacturers should file the Leased, Rented or Loaned Personal Property (M-L) Return. Visit the
Manufacturing page on DOR's website for more information on 2020 M-Forms.
Notes for 2020:
- Federal Government (IRS) safe harbor and de minimis safe harbor standards that provide guidance for federal income tax deductions
do not apply to Wisconsin state personal property tax reporting. Review the
2020 M-P Form Instruction Booklet (page 5) for more information.
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DOR strongly encourages you to electronically file (e-file) your M-Forms
- MAS users are notified of approaching deadlines and missing (late) returns
- If you e-filed last year, your 2020 M-Form pre-fills with last year's data
- After logging into DOR's MAS system, electronic filers should download a copy of the M-Form to their computer. Locate the downloaded form and save it to your computer. Review the instructions to download the form using one of these browsers:
- Attachments – you can attach files to submit with the electronic form, including: asset lists, building plans or any additional information
- The form prints as it appears on screen
- M-P Form displays all physical locations within each municipal account
- Status of electronic filings is tracked within the system and displayed on an account history page or authorized accounts page
- You can review your
audited forms (current and prior years) after assessments are finalized
Paper filing your return
- DOR encourages past paper-filers to try e-filing for greater efficiency, accuracy and verification of filing
- M-Forms to download and print will not be available on our website until January 31
Filing extension requests – by March 2
Electronic – the easiest way to file an extension request is online. File your request within the electronic filing system on an individual account basis, by March 2. You will receive immediate confirmation after you submit your extension request.
Mail, fax, email – filing extension requests received by mail, fax, or email must identify each individual account and be received by, or postmarked, on or before March 2
For other questions on manufacturing property assessment, contact the
Manufacturing & Utility Bureau District Office in your area.