Woody Biomass Harvesting and Processing Tax Credit (Corporate) (Wisconsin)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Woody Biomass Harvesting and Processing Tax Credit (Corporate)
Incentive Type Corporate Tax Credit
Applicable Sector Agricultural, Commercial
Eligible Technologies Biomass
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount 10% of the cost of eligible equipment
Carryover Provisions No carry-over; excess in a given year is refunded to taxpayer

Start Date 2010-01-01
Expiration Date 2016-01-01

Installation Requirements Equipment must be used primarily to harvest or process woody biomass that is used as a fuel or as a component of fuel.

Maximum Incentive $100,000 per claimant over the life of the program

Total credits granted by the Department may not exceed $900,000 per fiscal year

Program Administrator Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Website http://datcp.wi.gov/Business/Tax_Credits/Woody_Biomass_Harvesting_and_Processing_Investment_Credit/index.aspx

References DSIRE[1]


In May 2010, Wisconsin enacted legislation allowing taxpayers to claim a tax credit from income or franchise taxes of 10% of the cost of equipment primarily used to harvest or process woody biomass for use as a fuel or as a component of fuel. The adopted law creates identical tax credits in the portions of the Wisconsin tax code relating to income taxes on individuals (§71.07), income and franchise taxes on corporations (§71.28), and income and franchise taxes on insurance companies (§71.47). In order to receive the credit, a taxpayer must first submit an application to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP)* to be certified as eligible. In November 2011, DATCP established final administrative rules (ATCP 166), including rules for the certification application process. Tax credits can be claimed either by the operator of the facility or the owner of the facility.

Woody biomass is defined as "...trees and woody plants, including limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other woody parts, grown in a forest or woodland or on agricultural land." For equipment use to be considered "primarily" for an eligible purpose, other uses of the equipment are limited to no more than 25% of total use. The credit may not be claimed for any business or trade expenses deducted by the taxpayer under 26 USC §162.

The credit will be available for 5 years, from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2015. Allowable credits in excess of a claimant's tax liability for a given year will be refunded. Credits are limited to $100,000 per claimant in aggregate, and $900,000 in total each fiscal year. In addition, DATCP is required to allocate $450,000 in tax credits each fiscal year to businesses that individually have no more than $5 million in gross receipts in Wisconsin for the taxable year in which the credit is claimed. Taxpayers will need to be certified by DATCP in order to claim the tax credit. The DOC, in cooperation with the Department of Revenue, is required to develop regulations to implement the law. Forms and instructions for claiming the tax credit are available at theDepartment of Revenue web site.

*In 2011, Act 32 transferred administrative responsibilities and rulemaking authority for the woody biomass credit from the Department of Commerce to DATCP.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Business Taxes Contact
Department Wisconsin Department of Revenue

Phone (608) 266-2776

Website http://www.revenue.wi.gov/contact/index.html
Contact Name Mike Bandli
Department Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53708-8911
Phone (608) 224-5136

Email mike.bandli@wisconsin.gov

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Wis. Stat. § 93.547
Date Effective 2010-05-25
Date Enacted 2010-05-10

Authority 2: Wis. Adm. Code ATCP 166
Date Effective 2011-12-01

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"