Refund and Payment Options

  1. What options do I have to receive my refund through Wisconsin e-file?

  2. What options do I have to pay my individual income tax due through Wisconsin e-file?

  3. What if I cannot pay my tax due when I electronically file my 2017 individual income tax return?

  4. What happens if I file my income tax return on time, but fail to pay the amount owed by the filing deadline?

  5. Can I still file my 2017 income tax return using Wisconsin e-file after April 18th?

  6. Can I file my 2012 through 2017 income tax returns using Wisconsin e-file?


  1. What options do I have to receive my refund through Wisconsin e-file?

    Wisconsin e-file provides three options for receiving a refund:

    • Direct deposit to checking account (you need your routing transit number and checking account number)
    • Direct deposit to savings account (you need your routing transit number and savings account number)
    • Check mailed to the address on your return (it takes longer to issue a paper check)

    NOTE: If your financial institution rejects the direct deposit, the department will mail a paper check to the address on your tax return.

  2. What options do I have to pay my individual income tax due through Wisconsin e-file?

    Wisconsin e-file provides four options for paying:

    • Direct Debit/Withdrawal — You can file your 2017 return now and pay electronically anytime through April 17th. If you file after April 17th, you still have the option to choose direct debit/withdrawal and pay on the day that you file your return.
    • Pay by Credit Card — You can pay through a credit card. Accepted credit cards include American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA. You cannot post-date a credit card payment. You will be charged a convenience fee for this option. The Department of Revenue does not receive any portion of this fee. (Payment made through officialpayments.com)
    • Pay by check or money order — You can pay by check or money order. You will have to complete and print a Form EPV (Electronic Payment Voucher). Make sure the social security number(s), complete name(s) and amount due match the income tax return you filed.
    • Pay Online — You can transfer the amount you owe directly from your bank account, after you have e-filed your income tax return.

  3. What if I cannot pay my tax due when I electronically file my 2017 individual income tax return?

    You can e-file and pay the amount owed at a later date; but, for 2017, full payment must be made on or before April 17 to avoid interest and/or penalties. You can:

    • Post-date your payment through direct debit/withdrawal or Pay Online up to April 17
    • Pay by credit card​ on or before April 17 (your credit card will be charged immediately) on officialpayments.com
    • Pay by check or money order on or before April 17. Include a complete Form EPV with your payment (make sure the name(s), social security number(s), and amount due matches the information on the income tax return you filed)

    If you cannot pay the full amount owed, you should pay whatever amount you can on or before April 17. You will be billed for the balance owed, plus any interest and/or penalties.

    You need to file your tax return on or before April 17 to avoid late filing fees and/or penalties, unless you have a valid extension of time to file.

  4. What happens if I file my income tax return on time, but fail to pay the amount due by the filing deadline?

    An amount owed that is paid late is subject to interest and possibly penalties. You will receive a bill for any unpaid tax, interest and/or penalties. You should pay whatever amount you can on or before April 17 to reduce the interest and penalty charges.

  5. Can I still file my 2017 income tax return using Wisconsin e-file after April 17th?

    Yes. Wisconsin e-file will be available for use after April 17, whether you have a refund or an amount owed. To avoid any late filing fees, you need to have a valid extension of time to file. Please remember that you may be subject to interest, penalties and other fees for late filing and paying an amount owed after the due date.

  6. Can I file my 2012 through 2017 income tax returns using Wisconsin e-file?

    Yes. Wisconsin e-file is available to file your 2012 through 2017 Wisconsin income tax returns, subject to interest, penalties and other fees for late filing and paying an amount owed after the due date.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Electronic Filing Unit
PO Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949
Income Tax Customer Service Phone: (608) 266-2486
Business Tax Customer Service Phone: (608) 266-2776
Customer Service Fax: (608) 267-1030
Email additional questions to DORElectronicFiling@wisconsin.gov

December 27, 2017