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Double Taxation on Jukebox Music Sales Revenue Eliminated!!

We are delighted to advise you that Governor Walker has signed into law SB 300, which eliminates the double taxation on jukebox music sales revenue!

The WAMO Legislative Committee worked hard on the profession's behalf to achieve this victory, which is estimated to save the membership over $230,000 a year. Actions taken by Legislative Committee members included:

  • Attending several public hearings at the State Capitol.
  • Negotiating our position with DOR officials.
  • Meeting with legislators.
  • Participating in political fundraisers around the state.

This legislative success is also attributable to all of our members who donated to the WAMO conduit, personally contacted their legislators, and attended political fundraisers. It is very satisfying to see legislators responsive to you, their constituents!

Because our legislation extended into 2016, WAMO members are encouraged to seek their tax professional's guidance regarding:

  • AMI's legal actions and decision to "charge and collect taxes on jukebox transactions until a final, non-appealable determination has been made." (See AMI's letter.)
  • How the positive changes made in Wisconsin Act 251 that eliminates the double taxation on jukebox revenue affect you.

Please contact the WAMO office if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Wisconsin Legislature
Some people are hesitant to contact their legislators but WAMO's legislative success is in direct proportion to how well our members know their legislators. Legislators are hard-working people just like yourselves and they will welcome hearing from you. They want to know your special legislative interests. The best way to let them know your position is to write a letter (not by email). One paragraph, stating whether you are for or against an issue and why is enough. It is not necessary to write seven or eight pages.

When addressing your correspondence, use the term The Honorable (John Doe) on both the envelope and in the heading of your letter. The greeting should read Dear Senator or Representative Doe. The same rule applies to state constitutional and congressional officers.

The mailing address for State Senators is P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-7882. For State Representatives with last names starting with A through L is P.O. Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708; with last names starting with M through Z is P.O. Box 8953, Madison, WI 53708. If you are unsure of who you should contact please refer to Who Are My Legislators to find out the names and contact information for the legislators representing you.

Include your return address on the letter, not just the envelop. Identify your subject clearly and if possible, indicate the legislation by number. State your reason for writing, how the issue would affect you, your family, business, community and state. Avoid stereotype phrases and sentences that give the appearance of form letters or threats.

Remember that your views are very important to them. If you have considerable experience in your field of interest or business, don’t be afraid to share that knowledge with them. They will appreciate it. Lawmakers welcome constructive criticism. They also welcome a pat on the back when credit is due. Don’t forget to write and say thank you.

If you merely wish to leave a message, we advise you use the Legislative Hotline 1-800-362-9472 or 608-266-9960. A request for a return call will usually get a response but it may take several days. If your call is urgent and involves questions of a lawmaker or discussion, we advise you to call directly to their offices. As with written correspondence, be concise, complete and courteous in your phone conversations.

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