Utility Bills and Sales Tax

Utility Bills and Sales Tax

If you have questions regarding sales tax exemptions, please contact your tax advisor, visit Wisconsin Department of Revenue or call (608) 266-2776(608) 266-2776 .

  • MGE residential customers do not pay state sales tax on their natural gas or electric service from November through April. 
  • Nonprofit, charitable and religious organizations are tax exempt year-round. 
  • Commercial customers generally pay sales tax on their utility bills year-round, with some exceptions. Natural gas and electricity used in manufacturing are sales tax exempt. 

Tax exempt

Most sales tax exemptions require the completion and submission to MGE of a Wisconsin Sales and Use Tax Exemption Certificate [242 kB PDF] (Form S-211) or a Certificate of Exempt Status (CES) number.

Sales tax refund

If you discover that you or your business qualifies for an exemption but you have been paying sales tax, you may apply for a refund from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. If you don't know how much sales tax you've paid for utility service, MGE can help you.

  • Information from January 2008 to present is available anytime online. Just sign in to My Account and download your data. Find sales tax information in Column D49.
  • Information prior to January 2008 is available from MGE customer service representatives at (608) 252-7222(608) 252-7222 , Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Forms and information from Wisconsin Department of Revenue

For information and instructions about how to claim a Wisconsin sales tax refund, visit Wisconsin Department of Revenue or call (608) 266-2776(608) 266-2776 .

  • Form S-220 BCR [13 kB PDF]: Buyer's Claim for Refund of Wisconsin State, County and Stadium Taxes
  • Form S-220a Schedule P [25 kB PDF]: Attachment to Buyer's Claim for Refund of Wisconsin State, County and Stadium Taxes

If you complete Sections 1 and 3 of Form S-220a and send it to Madison Gas and Electric, Attention: Customer Billing, PO Box 1231, Madison, WI 53701-1231, we will complete Section 2 and return it to you so you can claim your refund.