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State launches tax reform suggestion site

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)--Governor Scott Walker is asking for input when it comes to taxreform, with the launch of the website taxreform.wi.gov.

In January, Lt. GovernorRebecca Kleefisch and the Department of Revenue Secretary heldroundtables around the state to get input from Wisconsinites on thetax system.

H&R Block tax adviser,Shelly Lamberth, says Wisconsin's tax system is one of the morecomplicated ones.

"Every state has it's ownlevel of confusion but Wisconsin's is one of the more confusingstates to have to try to do," Lamberth said.

Lamberth says to do yourWisconsin return, you must first complete your federal return and notall of credits and adjustments approved by the IRS are allowed inWisconsin.

"For example the federal taxreturn office has some nice education credits," Lamberth said."Well, Wisconsin doesn't have education credits but they do allowyou take a subtraction for tuition. Well if you don't know how to dothat, you may miss that."

Based on what his clients tellhim, Lamberth says he'd expect some of the suggestions from thepublic to be create more consistency with state and federal taxrules, and reinstate reciprocity with Minnesota.

"That would be a wonderfulthing if Wisconsin and Minnesota could get together and bring backreciprocity because if Wisconsin is confusing enough, some people wholive in Minnesota but work in Wisconsin or visa versa, have to fillout two tax returns and Minnesota and Wisconsin are nothing alike.,"Lamberth said.

Residents have 500 charactersto submit their long-term tax reform suggestions. The website alsoprovides details about Wisconsin's existing tax system.

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