Posted on: August 21, 2017

Guest column: ‘Dark store’ loophole must be closed

There’s an issue citizens of the city of Monona and residents across the state of Wisconsin should be aware of, called the “dark store” loophole. Big box stores like Menards, Target and Walmart, to name a few, are successfully arguing in court that . . .

Andrew Kitslaar The Herald-Independent Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 4, 2017

County Settles with Target

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Riley County recently negotiated the property value of Target at $1 million lower than the initial
appraisal after the commercial retailer challenged the county through the state Board of Tax Appeals.

The Mercury - Manhattan, Kansas Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Tax Breaks for Big-Box Stores Can Drain Money From Schools

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Paying attention to how much nearby corporate retailers
pay in property taxes may not be a priority for most school
district leaders, but some policymakers think that could
change soon.

Education Week - by Francisco Vara-Orta 8-2-17 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Reilly supports bills against 'dark store' tax assessments

Says trend saves for big-box stores, increases tax burden on homeowners

Hannah Weikel Freeman Staf July 20, 2017f Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 21, 2017

States Forced to Address ‘Dark Store’ Valuation Theory

A growing list of states will revise their property tax codes to help municipalities cope with revenue losses attributable to big box retailers’ widespread use of the “dark store” theory of valuation to cut their assessments, according to . . .

Michael J. Bologna for Bloomberg BNA June 29, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: July 3, 2017

Wisconsin State Lawmakers Fight Back Against Dark Store Loophole

Madison - Republican lawmaker Robert Brooks introduced two assembly bills with the help of Duey Stroebel of Saukville and Roger Roth of Appleton, these bills aim to stop the dark store loophole, today the Assembly Committee of Ways and Means . . . .

Steven Dent We Are Green Bay June 29, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: June 28, 2017

How Big Box Stores Shift Their Property Taxes Onto Homeowners

Something called the “Dark Store Loophole” lets companies like Wal-Mart shift their property taxes to homeowners and small merchants.

This obscure [property tax dodge, which has been going on for more than two decades, has pitted Big Box retailers . . .

Al Norman HUFFPOST June 27, 2017 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: June 22, 2017

City to state: Hurry up on 'dark store' legislation

The City of Sheboygan is throwing its support behind Wisconsin lawmakers’ efforts to pass “dark store” legislation that could affect how much state businesses pay in local property taxes.

McLean Bennett USA Today Network WI Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Bills to Stop Big Retailers from Reducing their Property Tax Wins Wide Support

The Village of Pleasant Prairie, along with scores of other Wisconsin municipalities, have expressed their vehement support for two bills to be introduced Monday in the State Legislature to fight attempts by big box retailers to reduce their property tax.

By Long Hwa-shu for theYOUJournal Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Wisconsin Expected to Tackle Dark Store Controvery

Wisconsin lawmakers will be asked to remedy two gaps in the property tax code that could shift much of the local tax burden from big box retailers such as Lowes Cos. Inc., Home Depot Inc. and . . .

April 6, 2017 Bloomberg BNA Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Unveil Bills Targeting Big Box Stores

Big box stores in Wisconsin are being targeted in a pair of Republican-backed bills unveiled Wednesday at the state Capitol. The bills unveiled Wednesday set up a fight pitting retail giants like Target, Menards and Walgreens against Wisconsin . . .

By Shamane Mills and The Associated Press Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Wisconsin lawmakers look to close ‘dark store’ loophole

Legislation being introduced at the Capitol could change the way major retailers have their property taxes assessed. The package of bills from Republican lawmakers would reverse a 2008 State Supreme Court ruling that changed . . . .

Andrew Beckett Wisconsin Radio Network Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: May 4, 2017

GOP bills target 'dark store' big-box tax strategy based on Madison court ruling

May 4, 2017 Republican state lawmakers have unveiled a pair of bills they say would prevent owners of big-box retail stores from lowering their property tax bills while shifting local tax burdens to small businesses and homeowners.

Mark Sommerhauser Wisconsin State Journal Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Target, Menards, Farm & Fleet in battle with city

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WAUKESHA — Some bigbox stores in the city are furthering the monetary burden on taxpayers.

The Freeman 04/04/2017 - Page A04 Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Let there be light

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OZAUKEE COUNTY — The state Legislature is expected to come forward soon to close a tax loophole that big box stores have been using to slash their tax bills.

By Melanie Boyung - News Graphic Staff Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to . . . .

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: March 20, 2017

Retailers' tax dodge shifts burden to homeowners

Recently I went to Madison as part of a delegation of Stevens Point elected officials for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities’ lobby day. At the top of the agenda: a tax dodge that major retailers are using to avoid paying their fair share . . . .

David Shorr, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: February 23, 2017

Appleton city assessor wants to close “dark store” loophole costing taxpayers money

February 22, 2017 The city of Appleton is trying to close a Wisconsin tax loophole that could be costing average taxpayers money. It’s called the dark store method, and it allows big box stores to lower their property tax assessment. . .

Brittany Schmidt for WBAY Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Boxed In

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A highly informative documentary film explaining the complex, yet devastating “Dark Store” tax loophole issue facing Wisconsin communities. This is a hot topic the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has been fighting for more than a ye...

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See the video on YouTube Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Retailers seek tax cuts with 'dark store' theory

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By Rick Romell January 14, 2017Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Cities brood over 'dark store' tax lawsuits

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By Nate Beck December 26, 2016
Photo by Joe Sienkiewicz/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

USA Network-Wisconsin Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

How Big-Box Retailers Weaponize Old Stores

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Shannon Pettypiece December 8, 2016
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BloombergBusinessweek Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Brookfield sends message to combat big retail loopholes

By Geoff Bruce December 7, 2016
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Brookfield Elm Grove Now Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Dark store theory: The move big box retailers are making that could cost you big bucks

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By Brittany Shannon Fox 6 News December 4, 2016
Photo by Brittany Shannon

Fox 6 News Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

West Bend asks governor, legislators to close tax loopholes

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By Ralph Chapoco November 2, 2016
Photo by John Ehlke/Daily News

Daily News Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Big-Box Stores Battle Local Governments Over Property Taxes

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BY Liz Farmer | SEPTEMBER 2016
Photo by Flickr/Brutal Social

Governing Dark Store Loop Hole
Posted on: January 27, 2017

Should Lowe's 'dark store' strategy in Texas concern D-FW taxpayers?

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Maria Halkas September 12, 2016
Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Dallas News Dark Store Loop Hole