Correspondence and subject file, 1920-2003

Wisconsin. Department of Revenue

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  • RESTRICTED: Correspondence containing tax payer information in portions of unprocessed accessions is restricted under Wis. Stat, 71.78 and 77.61(5). Consult register for exact files. Consult Reference Archivist concerning access.
  • RESTRICTED: Access to Box 10 of 2008/056 is limited. Use of this material requires researchers to sign an "Agreement for Use of Restricted Materials" which states that no individually identifiable information will be disclosed. Consult Reference Archivist concerning access.
  • RESTRICTED: Blueprints/floor plans of public buildings in Box 3, Folder 3 of 2011/075 are restricted under Wis. Stats. 101.12(5)(c).
  • RESTRICTED: Box 11 of 2017/086 contains confidential information. Consult Reference Archivist concerning access.


  • Records of the Secretary of the Department of Revenue (1967-1992) and its predecessors: Assessor of Incomes (1920-1934), Office of the Tax Commissioner (1934-1939), and Commissioner of the Department of Taxation (1939-1967). Major topics include the income tax, beverage and cigarette tax, corporate tax, exemptions, property tax relief, local tax assessment, Milwaukee, mining, legislation related to state revenue, simplification of tax procedures, economic development, federal and state cooperation, interstate commerce, marital property tax reform, shared revenue, school aids, sales tax, taxation of railroads, taxation of public utilities, interstate reciprocity, and the lottery credit.


  • In records WIHV85-A2105, WIHV85-A2107, and WIHV85-A365 may be found histories of the agencies which created these records.
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