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LRB-2370/1
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 12, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives VanderMeer, Krug, Horlacher,
Petryk, Skowronski, Summerfield and Swearingen, cosponsored by Senators
Feyen, LeMahieu and L. Taylor. Referred to Committee on Ways and Means.
AB232,1,2 1An Act to amend 77.52 (13) and 77.53 (10); and to create 77.54 (64) of the
2statutes; relating to: a sales tax holiday in August.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under this bill, for the two-day period beginning on the first Saturday in
August and ending on the following Sunday, the sales of the following items are
exempt from the sales and use tax:
1. An item of clothing, not including clothing accessories, if the sales price of
any single item is no more than $75.
2. A computer purchased by the consumer for the consumer's personal use, if
the sales price of the computer is no more than $750.
3. School computer supplies, if the sales price of any single item is no more than
$250.
4. School supplies, if the sales price of any single item is no more than $75.
The bill provides, however, that the exemption does not apply after 2018.
Because this bill relates to an exemption from state or local taxes, it may be
referred to the Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions for a report to be printed
as an appendix to the bill.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB232,1
1Section 1. 77.52 (13) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB232,2,132 77.52 (13) For the purpose of the proper administration of this section and to
3prevent evasion of the sales tax it shall be presumed that all receipts are subject to
4the tax until the contrary is established. The burden of proving that a sale of tangible
5personal property, or items, property, or goods under sub. (1) (b), (c), or (d), or services
6is not a taxable sale at retail is upon the person who makes the sale unless that
7person takes from the purchaser an electronic or a paper certificate, in a manner
8prescribed by the department, to the effect that the property, item, good, or service
9is purchased for resale or is otherwise exempt, except that no certificate is required
10for the sale of tangible personal property, or items, property, or goods under sub. (1)
11(b), (c), or (d), or services that are exempt under s. 77.54 (5) (a) 3., (7), (7m), (8), (10),
12(11), (14), (15), (17), (20n), (21), (22b), (31), (32), (35), (36), (37), (42), (44), (45), (46),
13(51), and (52), and (64).
AB232,2 14Section 2. 77.53 (10) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB232,3,215 77.53 (10) For the purpose of the proper administration of this section and to
16prevent evasion of the use tax and the duty to collect the use tax, it is presumed that
17tangible personal property, or items, property, or goods under s. 77.52 (1) (b), (c), or
18(d), or taxable services sold by any person for delivery in this state is sold for storage,
19use, or other consumption in this state until the contrary is established. The burden
20of proving the contrary is upon the person who makes the sale unless that person
21takes from the purchaser an electronic or paper certificate, in a manner prescribed
22by department, to the effect that the property, or items, property, or goods under s.
2377.52 (1) (b), (c), or (d), or taxable service is purchased for resale, or otherwise exempt
24from the tax, except that no certificate is required for the sale of tangible personal
25property, or items, property, or goods under s. 77.52 (1) (b), (c), or (d), or services that

1are exempt under s. 77.54 (7), (7m), (8), (10), (11), (14), (15), (17), (20n), (21), (22b),
2(31), (32), (35), (36), (37), (42), (44), (45), (46), (51), and (52), and (64).
AB232,3 3Section 3. 77.54 (64) of the statutes is created to read:
AB232,3,44 77.54 (64) (a) In this subsection:
AB232,3,65 1. “Clothing" means any wearing apparel for humans that is suitable for
6general use, not including all of the following:
AB232,3,77 a. Belt buckles sold separately.
AB232,3,88 b. Costume masks sold separately.
AB232,3,99 c. Patches and emblems sold separately.
AB232,3,1110 d. Sewing equipment and supplies, including knitting needles, patterns, pins,
11scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures, and thimbles.
AB232,3,1312 e. Sewing materials that become part of clothing, including buttons, fabric,
13lace, thread, yarn, and zippers.
AB232,3,1414 f. Clothing accessories or equipment.
AB232,3,1515 g. Protective equipment.
AB232,3,1616 h. Sport or recreational equipment.
AB232,3,1917 2. “Clothing accessories or equipment" means incidental items worn on a
18person or in conjunction with clothing, not including clothing, protective equipment,
19or sport or recreational equipment, but including all of the following:
AB232,3,2020 a. Briefcases.
AB232,3,2121 b. Cosmetics.
AB232,3,2222 c. Hair notions, including barrettes, hair bows, and hair nets.
AB232,3,2323 d. Handbags.
AB232,3,2424 e. Handkerchiefs.
AB232,3,2525 f. Jewelry.
AB232,4,1
1g. Nonprescription sunglasses.
AB232,4,22 h. Umbrellas.
AB232,4,33 i. Wallets.
AB232,4,44 j. Watches.
AB232,4,55 k. Wigs.
AB232,4,66 L. Hair pieces.
AB232,4,87 3. “Eligible property” means an item that qualifies for exemption under this
8subsection.
AB232,4,139 4. “Layaway sale” means a transaction in which property is set aside for future
10delivery to a customer who makes a deposit, agrees to pay the balance of the sales
11price over time, and, at the end of the payment period, receives the property. An order
12is accepted for layaway by the seller when the seller removes the property from
13inventory or clearly identifies the property as sold to the purchaser.
AB232,4,1814 5. “Protective equipment” means items for human wear that are designed to
15protect the wearer against injury or disease or to protect property or other persons
16from damage or injury. “Protective equipment” does not include items suitable for
17general use, clothing, clothing accessories or equipment, or sport or recreational
18equipment. “Protective equipment” includes:
AB232,4,1919 a. Breathing masks.
AB232,4,2020 b. Clean room apparel and equipment.
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