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Tax Relief in Nebraska

Nebraska MapIn Nebraska, a number of taxes affect residents overall tax burden. The state levies a personal income tax with a top rate of 6.84%, 15th highest among those state that collect an individual income tax. This tax, in combination with other local taxes, results in an average of $938 per person annually, 21st highest nationwide.

With respect to property tax, Nebraskans pay an average of $1,566 per person, which ranks the state 14th highest in the United States. However, the state is 18th lowest when looking at individual federal income taxes; its average of $9,200 is lower than the national average by more than $2,000.

While Nebraskans have a median household income of $53,774, slightly higher than the national average of $51,939, the state has not been immune to the financial challenges that have affected the United States in recent years. Nebraska has experienced a decline of more than 6.5% in the average household income, and this decline has caused residents of the state to seek out tax relief as one approach to increasing financial struggles.

Tax debts can mount as individuals use their limited financial resources to meet their most pressing needs: sending in the mortgage payment, paying the electric bill, putting food on the table, or taking a sick family member to the doctor. When people have little-to-no money left at the end of the month, they rarely think to set aside any savings for the April 15th tax bill and wind up with significant amounts of tax debt.

Tax debt is an area where Nebraskans face difficulties, with the stress of owing state and federal tax authorities and the possibility of garnished wages and seized assets. Tax relief companies work with clients to find solutions to serious tax problems, and in some cases can even reduce clients? overall tax debt. Experts in tax relief make use of a number of strategies to help clients; some of those tools are traditional or streamlined installment agreements with the IRS, penalty abatement, and audit reconsideration.


Nebraska beat expectations, collected $4.567 billion in taxes last fiscal year

LINCOLN - Nebraska closed out its fiscal year with more money than expected in the state coffers. State revenue officials reported Friday that state tax collections for the year ended June 30 topped t...

Published:  Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:06:00 GMT

Omaha mayor calls for online sales tax collection

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is putting pressure on state officials to pass legislation that would allow Nebraska to collect online sales taxes. Stothert sent a letter to Gov. Pete Ricketts and state sen...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:36:00 GMT

Stothert: Collecting online sales tax 'is not a new tax, but one that is already owed'

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is renewing her call on state officials to pass legislation that allows Nebraska to begin collecting sales tax on Web purchases. The 2019 city budget that Stothert proposed T...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:27:00 GMT

Former Nebraska tax commissioner gets university post

A former Nebraska tax commissioner has been named a vice chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former Nebraska tax commissio...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:27:00 GMT

Report cautions states against reliance on sin taxes

Sin taxes accounted for 2 percent of state revenues in Alabama, the report says, ranking 43 rd among states. Only Idaho, Hawaii, Nebraska, Utah, California, Wyoming and North Dakota had lower percenta...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 23:58:00 GMT

Republicans Target Elections With More Deficit-Boosting Tax Cuts

"In my district, it polls very high," said Republican Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska. Representative Richard Neal of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the House tax committee, said, "I hope the ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 03:21:00 GMT

Nebraska tax receipts 1.4% above projections for fiscal year

LINCOLN - Nebraska winds up ending the fiscal year with more tax revenue than expected. The latest state revenue figures show net tax receipts of nearly $4.6 billion, up 1.4 percent above the certifie...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:15:00 GMT

Former Nebraska tax commissioner gets university post

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A former Nebraska tax commissioner has been named a vice chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center. University officials say Doug ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:09:00 GMT

Opinions on property taxes

The survey is only 11 brief tax policy questions, and the Platte Institute team plans to share your input with policymakers and the media in Nebraska, to help create a better picture of which approach...

Published:  Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:36:00 GMT

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