Response to Charges of Political Favoritism in Wisconsin

In a follow-up conversation with, Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) Executive Director Ross Kinzler responded to The Wausau Daily Herald report on the manufactured housing tax break, noting a definite example of double taxation.  “The provision in the state budget to exempt manufactured homes shipped out of state has nothing to do with Wausau Homes,” he said.  “I have been working with state revenue for eight or nine months on this provision, which has been supported by the Republicans and Democrats.  Iowa and Wisconsin have different triggers as to when a manufactured home is taxable.  Iowa taxes the home when it’s placed on the foundation.  In Wisconsin, it is taxed when the home changes hands from the manufacturer to the dealer.”  According to Kinzler, this particular dealer uses his own truck to pick up the home at the factory, so he had to pay the tax at that time.  The house was also taxed in Iowa when it was placed on the foundation.

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