Lottery Credit Awareness Week is May 13-17
For the Gazette
PORTAGE COUNTY — The Portage County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with the Wisconsin County Treasurers’ Association, and supported by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, is declaring the week of May 13-17 as Lottery Credit Awareness Week.
The Lottery and Gaming Credit (the “Lottery Credit”) is a reduction on your real estate tax bill. To qualify for the Lottery Credit, the property owner must be a Wisconsin resident and use the dwelling as their primary residence as of the certification date (January 1). If temporarily absent, typically for a period no longer than 6 months (hospital, vacation, incarcerated, etc.), it is the home to which the property owner returns. A property owner can claim only one primary residence [sec.79.10(1)(dm) and (9)(bm), Wis. Stats.]. Rental properties are not eligible for the Lottery Credit.
Pamela R. Przybelski, County Treasurer, is recommending that all eligible property owners review their 2018 real estate tax bill to verify they received the Lottery Credit. Last year the average Lottery Credit in Portage County was approximately $155.00. The amount of the credit is based upon the school district in which your home is located.
In order to receive the Lottery Credit, owners must have a signed application form on file with the County Treasurer. If you are an eligible property owner who did not receive the credit on your 2018 tax bill, the Treasurer’s Office can assist you in filing the 2018 Late Claim Form, by October 1, with the Department of Revenue. If your primary residence changed as of January 1, 2019, the Treasurer’s Office can assist you in completing a Lottery and Gaming Credit Application to ensure that the credit will be applied to your 2019 property tax bill. If you have any questions, please contact the Portage County Treasurer’s Office at 715-346-1348, or
Lottery and Gaming Credit applications and instructions can be obtained at: https://www.revenue.wi.gov/pages/form/lottery-home.aspx