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Company previously on deadbeat list paid no taxes in recent years


MADISON (WKOW) -- Records show a corporation previously listed as Wisconsin's worst tax scofflaw paid no state corporate taxes in three of five recent years.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue data shows Illinois-based Baxter Healthcare paid no, net state tax in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

Records show Baxter Healthcare paid an average of $118,000 in state taxes in two other years, 2009 and 2011.

Consultant Jack Norman of the watchdog group Institute for Wisconsin's Future tells 27 News Baxter Healthcare's public filings show Baxter is in dispute with several tax jurisdictions across the country. Norman says there are indications Baxter representatives push for company profit to be considered as part of operations in states with the most forgiving tax environments.

In a statement, Baxter spokesperson Deborah Spak tells 27 News "...Baxter has and continues to meet its tax obligations in the state of Wisconsin and elsewhere."

In early April, Baxter Healthcare topped Wisconsin's web site of tax delinquency with a listed tax debt of more than $5.6 million.

Spak told 27 News the listed delinquency was inaccurate, and the product of flawed computer software used by Baxter to file its return with the state.

On April 30, Baxter Healthcare's delinquency listing was removed by state officials.

While state officials have acknowledged a small number of companies have experienced possible problems with computer filing, they have declined comment on Baxter Healthcare's situation, citing privacy law.

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