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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.


Editorial: Legislature has important chance to straighten out tax-deed problem

Nebraska lawmakers need to safeguard residents' property rights by setting effective notification requirements when property owners fall behind in paying their taxes. Some Nebraskans have lost their h...

Published:  Sun, 17 Feb 2019 23:32:00 GMT

Nebraska bill to discourage property tax windfalls advances

LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) - A bill that would make it harder for local governments to collect a property tax windfall when home and land values rise has won first-round approval from Nebraska ...

Published:  Mon, 11 Feb 2019 10:56:00 GMT

Battles begin over proposed tax changes in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) --Dozens of Nebraska business owners are going toe-to-toe with lawmakers wondering why they're being singled out to help fix the state's tax mess. Lawmakers are trying to create n...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:49:00 GMT

Advocates for reducing Kansas sales tax on food make case before tax committee

Halley Roberson, Oberlin city administrator, said the sales tax reduction on food would boost city revenue that could help with badly needed infrastructure repairs. Her community in the far northwest ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:56:00 GMT

Letter, 2/16: Time for state to raise tobacco tax

I am lifting my voice in support of raising the tax on tobacco products in Nebraska. It's been 17 years since lawmakers last raised the tax on tobacco products, and we are long overdue.

Published:  Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:55:00 GMT

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