Wis. court won't review tax ruling against Xerox

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Posted: Dec 22, 2009 7:08 AM

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is letting stand a lower court decision that Xerox Corp. must pay property taxes on some office equipment leased to customers.

Xerox argued that stand-alone devices that can print, copy, fax and scan should be considered computers and therefore exempted from property taxes under state law.

A state appeals court in July ruled the devices are not computers and therefore are taxable.

The case involved property valued at $8.3 million for tax purposes in the cities of Milwaukee and La Crosse. Xerox was seeking a refund on $104,000 worth of taxes from the cities.

Xerox appealed to the high court, but justices said last week they would not hear the case.

Xerox is based in Norwalk, Conn.