LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Officials from both states said it was basically a done deal six months ago. So, why isn't it done yet?
The deal in question is a new tax reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota. It has to be done by October 1st to take effect for the 2013 tax season.
"It's a little frustrating," said Sheila Chapel, who lives in La Crescent but works in La Crosse at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital.
Right now, Chapel has twice as much work to do when she files her taxes. She also pays more money.
She's one of about 80,000 people who live in one state and work in the other. That's why Wisconsin and Minnesota are working to reinstate a tax reciprocity agreement between the two states.
The problem is that Wisconsin's Secretary of Revenue, Richard Chandler, thinks Minnesota is asking for too much money. That's why there is still no deal in place.
In an August 9th letter to Minnesota's Commissioner of Revenue, Chandler says he thinks Wisconsin should reimburse Minnesota $56 million for the 2013 tax season if there's a deal in place. Minnesota is seeking $96 million.
Chandler calls the $40 million difference "too high and a significant discrepancy from both prior agreements."
The reason Wisconsin would have to pay anything to Minnesota is because the majority of people who would take advantage of the deal would be paying their taxes to Wisconsin.
Minnesota officials say there is a study going on right now to see if there is an amount both sides can agree to.
"I think it's just a matter of working through the details and the numbers behind that agreement at this point," said Matt Massman, the deputy commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Revenue.
"We are well aware that it's very important to taxpayers and we're going to continue to keep working to put an agreement back in place," he added.
"I just hope for the benefit of their constituents, they're able to come to some kind of resolution," said Chapel, one of the taxpayers who stands to benefit from an agreement.
"I just want it done," she added.
Minnesota ended the previous agreement between the two states in 2009 after Wisconsin fell behind on payments. All of that money owed has since been paid in full.