WISTAX Facts: State sales tax grew fastest in past five years

The sales tax is Wisconsin state government’s second-largest tax.  Like the income tax, the sales tax is sensitive to economic conditions, though to a lesser degree: Collections tend to decline as unemployment increases and consumer spending tightens. 

[emember_protected] During the last recession, collections declined in 2009 and 2010 before exceeding 2008 collections in 2011. 

Of the state’s main taxes, sales tax collections (+21.8%) increased the most in the past five years, well ahead of income taxes, which climbed 14.2%.  Sales tax collections rose 3.1% in 2017. [/emember_protected]