A half-percent sales tax will go into effect January 1, 2020 for Outagamie County, Wisconsin. Businesses that make taxable sales in Outagamie County will need to update their accounting/point-of-sale software to reflect the increase of the sales tax.

In QuickBooks, you will want to set up a “Sales Tax Group” to account for the extra 0.5%.

To do this:

  1. Click “Lists” on the top menu bar, click “Item List”, click the Item dropdown on the lower left side of the window, and click “New”
  2. Choose “Sales Tax Item” as the Type
    • Sales Tax Name – enter Outagamie Co.
    • Description – leave as Sales Tax
    • Tax Rate – enter 0.5%
    • Tax Agency – enter Wisconsin Department of Revenue; click “OK”

This will bring you back to the Item List. To create the “Sales Tax Group”:

  1. Click the Item dropdown again and click “New”
  2. Choose “Sales Tax Group” as the type
    • Group Name/Number – enter Outagamie Co-WI
    • Description – leave as Sales Tax
    • In the Tax Item box, click the dropdown and choose your sales tax item for Wisconsin Sales tax
    • Click to the next line and choose the new Outagamie Co. sales tax item
    • The Group Rate should be 5.5%; click OK

Until December 31, 2019 continue using the Wisconsin Sales Tax item for taxable sales in Outagamie County. On January 1, 2020, change the sales tax item on invoices/sales receipts to Outagamie Co-WI for any taxable sales in Outagamie County.

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Debbie Denny
I joined the Green Bay, WI office of Hawkins Ash CPAs in 2008. I am a Tax Manager and Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. I have been certified in QuickBooks for more than 16 years. I specialize in software consulting and training, small business accounting and tax preparation. I am also experienced in Sage 50 software.

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