Wisconsin Exemption for Intangible Property Tax on Railroads

UPDATE: 02.04.2020

 An update has been made to the Union Pacific R.R. Co. v. Wis. Dept. Rev. ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, which affirmed a lower court ruling that custom software owned by a railroad company was exempt from property tax:  The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review this decision. 



The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s decision holding that custom computer software owned by railroads and utility companies is exempt from property tax. The courts determined that the State of Wisconsin was singling out railroads and utility companies by not allowing the exemption available to other taxpayers in violation of U.S. law. Citation for the case is: Union Pacific R.R. Co. v. Wis. Dept. Rev., U.S. Ct. App. (7th Cir.), Dkt. No. 19-1741, 10/07/2019.

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