CHICAGO - Wisconsin finance officials will spend the next several months "assessing" the full impact - projected to be $277 million - of a state Supreme Court decision last week overturning the sales tax on customized computer software, but no budget action is expected until after November when new revenue estimates are due.

The state's high court Friday in a divided ruling affirmed the Tax Appeals Commission's decision that Wisconsin had improperly levied a 5% sales tax on customized computer software purchased by Menasha Corp., which then modified the software. The company first challenged the tax in 1998. The commission's decision was later overturned by a Dane County Circuit Court judge, although the appellate court then reversed the circuit court's action.

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