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Consumer Rights if I Owe Back Taxes in Wisconsin

Posted by Nathan DeLadurantey | Jul 10, 2023

If you owe back taxes in Wisconsin, it's important to understand your consumer rights in dealing with the tax authorities. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  1. Notice of Tax Due: The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) is responsible for collecting state taxes. If you owe back taxes, the DOR will generally send you a notice indicating the amount owed, the tax period, and the payment due date.

  2. Payment Options: Wisconsin offers several payment options for individuals who owe back taxes. These options may include full payment, installment agreements, and temporary delay of collection. You can contact the DOR to discuss the available options and determine the best approach for your situation.

  3. Right to Appeal: If you believe there is an error in the assessment of your taxes or you disagree with the amount owed, you have the right to appeal the decision. You can request a review by the DOR or file a petition with the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission. It's advisable to consult a tax professional or an attorney experienced in tax matters to guide you through the appeals process.

  4. Collection Actions: If you fail to pay your back taxes or make arrangements to settle the debt, the DOR may take collection actions. These actions can include wage garnishment, bank account levies, or filing a tax lien against your property. However, certain exemptions and protections may apply to prevent excessive hardship. It's crucial to understand your rights in such situations and seek professional advice.

  5. Privacy and Confidentiality: Wisconsin law protects the privacy and confidentiality of taxpayer information. The DOR is required to handle your tax information in a secure and confidential manner, and it is prohibited from disclosing this information to unauthorized individuals or entities.

It's important to note that tax laws and regulations can be complex, and they may vary depending on your specific circumstances. Therefore, it's advisable to consult with a tax professional, such as a certified public accountant (CPA) or a tax attorney, who can provide personalized guidance based on your situation and help protect your consumer rights.

Attorney Nathan DeLadurantey offers free consultations to explain your legal rights in Wisconsin. Free consultations can be scheduled online. 

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Nathan DeLadurantey

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