Department of Revenue explains how to file for $100 child tax rebate

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Wisconsin parents can start signing up for a $100 dollar per-child tax rebate.

The rebate is part of a tax break Governor Scott Walker is touting but Democrats are calling it an election-year gimmick.

The state Department of Revenue began accepting applications Tuesday and already says it has already seen 10-percent of eligible families submit a claim.

Secretary Richard Chandler said the department made submitting an application as simple as possible to streamline the process.

“It's a very easy application process,” said Chandler. “You can apply online just go to or you can call one of our customer services representatives at 608-266-KIDS”

Chandler says all parents need to apply is their social security number and their child's name and social number.

“They have to be Wisconsin resident as of December, 31, 2017, U.S. citizen and under the age of 18 at the end of last year,” said Chandler.

The rebates should be sent out in about three weeks and can be sent through direct deposit in a checking or savings account or a paper check can be mailed.

Chandler added, “The process for applying should be very simple especially for people who are used to doing things online but also simple for people who call in.”

Walker proposed the one-time tax break in January and Republicans who control the legislature quickly approved it but democratic candidate for governor, Dana Wachs, says the move wasn’t necessarily the right one for Wisconsin.

“It's very frustrating to see him throw a child tax credit out like that when in reality people need meaningful solutions,” said Wachs. “He's putting 100 dollar tax credit out there which will be used up instantaneously and what meaningful change has been made? None in my opinion.”

Walker is also touting an August sales tax holiday that will waive the state's 5-percent sales tax and local sales tax for five days on a variety of school supplies and clothing priced under $75.

Walker said, “The lawmakers that joined with us and supported us not only supported the rebate, the $100 per-child rebate, but also allowed us create a back to school sales tax beginning in August; beginning August 1st to August 5th. The idea during that time frame is for back to school supplies.”

The sales tax holiday will also apply to computer supplies priced at $250 or less each and computers of $750 or less each.

The holiday was originally set to last for two days, but Walker used his partial veto powers to extend it to five days.

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