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Wisconsin 2020 Revenue Lost to Tax Abatement Programs
Click on the name of a program for more details.
|Program Name||Program Type||Revenue Loss|
|Enterprise Zone Tax Credit||Business attraction/retention; Facility expansion||$74,300,000|
|Business Development Credit||Job creation/retention; Capital investment; Business attraction/retention||$34,700,000|
|Historical Preservation Tax Credit||Historic preservation||$22,300,000|
|Qualified New Business Venture||Research and development||$9,100,000|
|Historical Homeowners Tax Credit||Historic preservation||$1,100,000|
|Development Opportunity Zone Tax Credit||Business attraction/retention; Job creation/retention||$400,000|
|Electronics and Information Technology Manufacturing Zone Tax Credit (Foxconn)||Job creation/retention||not reported|
|Low Income Housing Tax Credit||Affordable housing||not reported|
|TABULATED STATE-LEVEL TOTAL||$141,900,000|
Tabulated localities and districts
Click on the name of jurisdiction for a list of tax abatement programs that reduced its tax revenue.
We estimated the reporting rate among local governments for each state using 2018 and 2019 data. This is to gauge how much data is available in that state.
For Wisconsin, the estimated reporting rate is as follows:
Cities/counties: 16 out of 105 CAFRs or financial statements we examined provided information on tax abatement programs in accordance with GASB Statement No.77.
School districts: 1 out of 212 CAFRs or financial statements we examined provided information on tax abatement programs in accordance with GASB Statement No.77.
Concerned about the lack of disclosure? Check out the roadmap on GASB 77 compliance we created for WI. You can also get a CSV file of the localities in WI that did not make any tax abatement disclosures in their annual financial reports.
Why is there little or no reporting from school districts?: Wisconsin's local governments rely on tax increment financing (TIF); some TIF diversions should be but are not currently covered by GASB 77.
The state does not post local financial audits in an online repository.