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Child Tax Rebate Deadline Approaches, 530K Claims Filed

State Officials Say More Than 100K Eligible Parents Have Yet To Apply

Scott Walker
Shawn Johnson/WPR

As the deadline to claim Wisconsin’s one-time, $100 child tax rebate approaches, a number of Wisconsin parents and guardians still haven’t submitted their claims, according to the state Department of Revenue.

About 530,000 claims had been submitted as of Monday afternoon, the department said. It estimated roughly 670,000 parents across the state are eligible to earn the rebate.

“There’s clearly a number of people who are eligible who haven’t yet filed,” said Richard Chandler, secretary of the Department of Revenue, which is overseeing the program. “We’ve really tried hard in a variety of ways to get the word out.”

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The state promoted the rebate through various channels, including ads on social media and mailings to eligible parents guardians, he said.

Interested parents can submit their claims online until midnight on Monday, July 2. They can claim the rebate for any child who is a U.S. citizen, Wisconsin resident, and was under 18 on Dec. 31, 2017.

Estimates said the rebate could cost the state up to $122 million. Chandler said the cost was close to $100 million as of Monday afternoon.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed the one-time tax rebate, which is being paid for by higher than expected tax collections. Democrats have criticized the payout as an “election year bribe.”

Editor’s Note: This story was updated with original reporting from WPR at 3:30 p.m. on July 2, 2018.