Tax Policy

What’s the status of property tax relief?

What’s the status of property tax relief?

For 2021, the Nebraska Legislature increased funding for the Property Tax Credit Fund by $25 million, to a total of $300 million. The state distributes the money from the fund to local taxing subdivisions. Then, your county treasurer credits your property tax bill based on your valuation. However, it has no bearing on how much...

By Jim Vokal

August general fund revenues exceed expectations

August general fund revenues exceed expectations

Nebraska August tax revenues have been reported by the Department of Revenue, and the result continues to be positive, as all tax types are posting above forecast figures. For the month of August, net revenues were 9% above forecast, or in excess by $46 million. Personal income tax collections for the month posted double-digit percentages...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraskanomics: Taxes That Lose Money for Nebraska

Nebraskanomics: Taxes That Lose Money for Nebraska

Tax attorney Tom Yamachika of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii explains how the types of taxes states have, or the way they are designed, can cause states to lose revenue or to impose higher tax rates than necessary. A transcript of the discussion can be found below. You can watch the video on YouTube or listen to...

Making Cents: Why Nebraska Should Modernize the Sales Tax, Pt. 2

Making Cents: Why Nebraska Should Modernize the Sales Tax, Pt. 2

In our last episode, we discussed some of the practical and economic reasons why Nebraska should eliminate more of its sales tax exemptions. Now, let’s talk about crafting a vision for a better tax system, and how modernizing the sales tax fits into any plan to make bold changes in our state. You can watch...

By Jim Vokal

Blueprint Nebraska’s Tax Modernization Plan Explained

Blueprint Nebraska’s Tax Modernization Plan Explained

Blueprint Nebraska, a campaign dedicated to increasing Nebraska’s economic growth and competitiveness over the next decade, has released its proposed framework for bringing Nebraska’s tax system into the 21st century. Blueprint Nebraska’s Taxation & Incentives Industry Council took insights from surveys, public forums, and tax policy research to develop a plan that gives Nebraska a...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraska state revenues start fiscal year $10 million above projections

Nebraska state revenues start fiscal year $10 million above projections

Nebraska state government just posted its first revenue report for the new 2021-2022 fiscal year and the results are positive. Net revenues for the month of July were above the forecasted amount by 3.2% or $10 million. All major tax sources posted collections ahead of projections except for the personal income tax, which was 26.5%...

By Sarah Curry

New Nebraska property tax law may be prompting closer look at rates

New Nebraska property tax law may be prompting closer look at rates

It’s budget time for Nebraska local governments, and that’s when members of the public get to attend local hearings to share their comments regarding the spending plan of their communities. Two local governments in Nebraska have recently announced their budget and held their public hearings on their spending plans: the City of Omaha and Douglas...

By Sarah Curry

Making Cents: Why Nebraska Should Modernize the Sales Tax, Pt. 1

Making Cents: Why Nebraska Should Modernize the Sales Tax, Pt. 1

Most people take for granted that the sales tax is the tax we pay when we buy things. But if you look carefully at your receipts, you’ll begin to notice most of the things you buy in Nebraska don’t have sales tax collected on them. This is also known as a sales tax exemption. On...

By Jim Vokal

Nebraska collects $1 billion more in tax revenue than expected

Nebraska collects $1 billion more in tax revenue than expected

The Nebraska Department of Revenue has released the June 2021 state tax revenue report. This report is especially important because it includes figures for the last month of the fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30. For the month of June, all major tax categories were above the forecasted amount for both gross...

By Sarah Curry

How much have property valuations increased in your Nebraska county?

How much have property valuations increased in your Nebraska county?

The Nebraska Department of Revenue tracks historical property valuations for each of Nebraska’s 93 counties. Overall, there are three major categories of property that are tracked: residential, commercial, and agricultural. All three experienced growth over the last decade. Most notably, agriculture valuations grew almost twice as much as residential property values. The interactive maps below...

By Sarah Curry, Hudson Hohman

Nebraska’s peer states are cutting income taxes

Nebraska’s peer states are cutting income taxes

Every state has a peer group they look to. Typically, it includes neighboring states. In Nebraska’s case, Missouri is a comparable peer. Some of the attributes we might look at are Missouri’s similar agricultural economy, but also their much lower property taxes. But when it comes to economics and growth, even states that are not...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska gas tax reduced slightly through end of 2021

Nebraska gas tax reduced slightly through end of 2021

Starting today, Nebraskans will be paying slightly less tax on a gallon of gas. Every six months, the state Department of Revenue reevaluates the motor fuel tax. The overall gas tax is decreasing from 28.7 cents per gallon to 27.7 cents per gallon. This comes after a 4.5 cent decline at the beginning of the...

By Hudson Hohman

Louisiana passes tax modernization, refers income tax cap to voters

Louisiana passes tax modernization, refers income tax cap to voters

Traditionally, Louisiana has severely lagged behind other states in the area of tax policy, consistently ranking in the bottom ten states on the Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index. However, Louisiana’s state legislature recently passed an impressive tax reform package to modernize the state’s tax code. The package consists of six bills aimed at...

By Hudson Hohman

3 Reasons Why Almost Every State (Except Nebraska) Ended Its Inheritance Tax

3 Reasons Why Almost Every State (Except Nebraska) Ended Its Inheritance Tax

What happens to your soul after you die is a matter of faith, but in Nebraska, what happens to your property after death is a matter of cold, hard fact. With our neighbors in Iowa recently passing a law to phase out its inheritance tax, Nebraska is on track to be one of only five...

By Jim Vokal