About Wisconsin e-file

  1. When can I use Wisconsin e-file?
  2. Is there a cost to use Wisconsin e-file?
  3. What are the benefits to using Wisconsin e-file?
  4. What do I need before I begin to use Wisconsin e-file?
  5. Is there a registration process to use Wisconsin e-file?
  6. Does Wisconsin e-file limit the amount of time I have to complete and file my tax return?
  7. How do I move through/navigate Wisconsin e-file?
  8. Do I need to have attachments when using Wisconsin e-file?
  9. Can I file my income tax return using Wisconsin e-file after April 15th?
  10. Can I file my 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 income tax returns using Wisconsin e-file?

  1. When can I use Wisconsin e-file?

    Wisconsin e-file is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  2. Is there a cost to use Wisconsin e-file?

    Wisconsin e-file is free.

  3. What are the benefits to using Wisconsin e-file?

    Wisconsin e-file:

    • Allows you to electronically prepare and file your Wisconsin tax return for free
    • Allows you to prepare and e-file your return through the department's secure website
    • Gives you a confirmation number immediately, so you know your tax return has been received
    • Allows access 24 hours per day, seven days per week
    • Reduces mistakes because the math is done for you, plus the look up of your net tax and credits
    • Provides line item help and instructions
    • Allows you to print and/or save your tax return
    • Allows you to use direct deposit, so your refund is received in days
    • Allows you to pay an amount owed by direct withdrawal, on the day you specify
    • Allows for a paperless filing of your tax return*
      • *If you file a Form 1, 1NPR or 2, you must attach an electronic copy of your federal income tax return
      • *If you claim one of these credits, you must attach electronic copies of the required documents to your e-filed return or mail the required documents with the Form W-RA: homestead, net income tax paid to another state, eligible veterans and surviving spouses property tax, and/or farmland preservation
  4. What do I need before I begin to use Wisconsin e-file?

    You will need the following information:

    • Your completed federal income tax return (if you file a Form 1, 1NPR or 2, you must attach a complete copy of your federal income tax return to your electronic return)
    • Your W-2, W-2G and 1099 forms (you must enter the data from your W-2s and 1099s into the Wisconsin e-file W-2s and 1099s)
    • Your financial institution account number and routing number, if you choose direct deposit for your refund or direct withdrawal for an amount owed
    • Your credit card information, if you choose to pay an amount owed by credit card. Accepted cards are: American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA
    • Your completed and signed rent certificate and/or property tax bill, if you are claiming homestead credit

    After you have submitted your electronic return and before you have closed the Wisconsin e-file application, you should:

    • Print and/or save a copy of your return. You can save a copy in a portable document format (PDF) on your computer or other storage device (CD, flash drive, etc.) by clicking "File" and "Save as".
    • Keep copies of the W-2s, 1099s and other documents used to complete your return for at least four years
  5. Is there a registration process to use Wisconsin e-file?

    No. There is no registration process. You may use Wisconsin e-file if you:

    1. Have a valid social security number or individual tax identification number (ITIN); and
    2. Meet the qualifications.
  6. Does Wisconsin e-file limit the amount of time I have to complete and file my tax return?

    No. There is no time limit.

    If you cannot complete your tax return, before closing your return, you must save it in a portable document format (PDF) or other storage device (disk, CD, flash drive, etc.) by clicking "File" and "Save as".

    If you do not save your tax return to your computer or other storage device, your return will be lost and you will need to start over from the beginning.

  7. How do I move through/navigate Wisconsin e-file?

    You can move through and to your desired forms/fields within Wisconsin e-file by:

    • using your scroll bar to move from top to bottom or bottom to top of each page;
    • clicking your mouse pointer to a select field;
    • using the arrow buttons on the toolbar to go from page to page; or
    • using Tab on your keyboard to go to the next field.
  8. Do I need to have attachments when using Wisconsin e-file?

    If you file a Form 1, 1NPR or 2, you must attach a complete copy of your federal income tax return to your electronic return.

    If you claim any of these credits, you must submit required documents using the Form W-RA within 48 hours of e-filing or you may attach them to your Wisconsin e-file return:

    • Homestead credit;
    • Net tax paid to another state credit;
    • Eligible veterans and surviving spouse property tax credit; or
    • Farmland preservation credit.
  9. Can I file my income tax return using Wisconsin e-file after April 15th?

    Yes. Wisconsin e-file is available for you to use after April 15th. 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 nonpayment or late payment of your tax liability.

  10. Can I file my 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 income tax returns using Wisconsin e-file?
    • 2011 and 2010 tax years, you may file: Forms WI-Z, 1A, 1, 1NPR, 1X or Schedule H (with or without a Form 1A or 1)
    • 2009 tax year, you may file: Forms WI-Z, 1A, 1, 1X or Schedule H (with or without a Form 1A or 1)
    • 2008 tax year, you may file: Forms WI-Z, 1A, 1 or Schedule H (with a Form 1A or 1)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Electronic Filing Unit
Mail Stop 5-77
P.O. Box 8949
Madison, WI 53708-8949
Phone: (608) 264-6886
Fax: (608) 267-1030
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Last updated December 19, 2012