How to sign up for Wisconsin's $100-per-child tax rebate

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Wisconsin families are signing up for a $100-per-child tax rebate.

The application period opened May 15 and goes through July 2. The money will arrive by Sept. 1.

The Associated Press reports more than 71,000 people had applied for the rebate by 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Families can apply here:

Applicants can opt to receive money by check or direct deposit.

Here are the qualifications:

--Child under 18 on Dec. 31, 2017
--A dependent of the claimant for tax year 2017
--A Wisconsin resident on Dec. 31, 2017
--A United States citizen

The applicant must provide their social security number, the child's social security number and proof of residency in Wisconsin.

Those who choose direct deposit will need to provide a bank routing number and account number.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) stopped in Green Bay Tuesday to tout the tax credit. He says there are more than 670,000 households eligible for the rebate.

"The reason for that is simple. We had a larger than expected surplus, even after making the largest actual dollar investment in the schools, in the history of the state of Wisconsin, an extra $200 for every student in every school, every district this year, another $204 starting this fall on top of that every school and district in the state," Walker said.

Walker says he hopes people will spend the money in Wisconsin to help boost the state's economy.

Some Democrats and critics have called the tax credit an election year stunt or a bribe to voters. In a statement, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin wrote in part, "Facing the toughest re-election of his lifelong career in politics, this is Scott Walker's desperation attempt to buy votes before election day."

"We're giving people their own money back," Walker says. "The people who are critics think it's their money. We actually think it's your money, and we believe it belongs to the taxpayers of the state of Wisconsin."

The August 1-5 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday means no state sales tax will be charged on these items: school supplies $75 or less; clothing items less than $75 each; computer supplies $250 and less; and computers $750 and less.

"The lawmakers that joined with us in supporting this not only supported the rebate, the $100-per-child rebate, but also allowed us to create a sales tax holiday, a back-to-school sales tax holiday, beginning of August, from August 1st until August 5th. The idea during that time frame is for back-to-school supplies," Walker said.

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