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Time running out for Wisconsin child tax rebate

Time is running out to take advantage of a child sales-tax rebate in Wisconsin.

While more than 465,000 requests received so far, Department of Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler said he anticipates more than 600,000 dependent children are eligible for the rebate.

The deadline to apply for the rebate is July 2.

Chandler said families do not need to have filed a state tax return in 2017. They simply need to be a U.S. citizen residing in Wisconsin on Dec. 31, 2017. As proof, filers will need to provide Social Security numbers and dates of birth for children eligible for the rebate, and answer questions about residency and citizenship.

"Our message for people who are eligible to claim this rebate is to do it now," Chandler said. "It's easy to put this off and think you'll do it later. However, after July 2, we are unable to accept claims, so if you're eligible, don't wait."

The rebate is for sales tax expenditures made in 2017 for purchases for dependent children.

"Sound fiscal management and a strong economy resulted in a projected budget surplus of almost $400 million for Wisconsin," Chandler said. "Gov. (Scott) Walker and the state Legislature decided to give that money back to the taxpayers as a child sales tax rebate."

Chandler said families can file for the credit through July 2 at, or call (608) 266-5437 for more information.