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City of Eau Claire Economic Development Division

Local Taxes

In comparison to the rest of the nation, Eau Claire has long been known for its low taxes. 

Eau Claire's Taxation

Corporate Income Tax 7.90%
Sales Tax 5.50%
Property Tax $21.855/$1,000
Unemployment Insurance Tax 0.27%-9.80%
New employers unemployment compensation 3.6% to 4.1%


Side by Side State Tax Comparison

Corporate Income Wisconsin Minnesota Illinois
Base: Net Income Net Income Net Income
Rate: 7.9% Flat Rate (plus a recycling surcharge equal to 3% for corporations with at least $4 million in gross receipts. Minimum surcharge $25; maximum $9,800). 9.8% (Plus a 5.8% tax on any alternative minimum taxable income over the base tax). 9.5% flat rate (7% corporate tax plus a personal property replacement tax of 2.5%).
Apportionment: 100% sales 96% sales, 2% Property, and 2% Payroll. They are phasing in a single sales factor which will reach 100% by 2014. 100% sales
Personal Income Wisconsin Minnesota Illinois
Rate 4.60% to 7.75% based on level of income 5.35% - 7.85% based on level of income 5% flat tax rate
Property Tax Wisconsin Minnesota Illinois
Base: Real property and tangible personal property (exemptions for machinery and equipment used in manufacturing, merchant and farm inventories, and computer hardware and software Real property and a few select types of personal property, e.g. certain electric generating and transmission equipment. Real Property
Statewide Average Rate: Excluding Milwaukee County, estimated at $20.12 per $1,000 of full value. Rate for property in Milwaukee County is estimated at $26.20 per $1,000 of full value The rate is estimated at $33 per $1,000 of full value for commercial-industrial property Excluding Cook County, estimated at $20.00 to $30.00 per $1,000 of full value for commercial and non-commercial property. Cook County average commercial/industrial rate is estimated at $60.00 to $100.00 per $1,000 of full value
Sales Taxes Wisconsin Minnesota Illinois
State Rate: 5.000% 6.875% 6.250%
Average Local Option Rate: 0.500% 0.340% 0.25% to 3.00%
Combined Rates: 5.500% 7.220% 6.25% to 9.25%
Unemployment Compensation Wisconsin Minnesota Illinois
Base: $13,000 $28,000 $13,560
Rate: 0.27% to 9.8% 0.5% to 9.4% 0.70% to 8.4%
New Employers: 3.6% to 4.1% 2.91% 3.80%