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Under tax cuts signed by Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, 86% of taxpayers saw a 15% decrease in income taxes. It is estimated that the 2021-23 biennial budget signed by Evers provided tax relief to 2.4 million Wisconsinites — marking one of the largest tax cuts in the state’s history.

The decrease in income taxes also includes changes Evers made to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s withholding tax tables. Based on those changes and the tax cuts, a single filer making $50,000 this year will get about $550 more in their paychecks, and a married couple making a combined $50,000 will get an additional $1,200 in their paychecks.

With an unprecedented $5 billion surplus in the state budget, Evers proposed another tax cut in August that would provide $600 million in tax relief each year, including a 10% income tax cut. Legislative Republicans rejected a similar plan proposed by Evers earlier in 2022.


Wisconsin Public Radio: Evers announces tax cut proposal amid unprecedented state budget surplus

State of Wisconsin: Press Release: Gov. Evers Announces New Plan to Cut Taxes, Help Working Families Afford Rising Costs, Reduce Barriers to Employment

WisPolitics: Evers Campaign: TAX DAY: Wisconsinites seeing income tax cut thanks to Gov. Tony Evers

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Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.