Tax Policy

Iowa advances bill to repeal inheritance tax while Nebraska focuses on reform

Iowa advances bill to repeal inheritance tax while Nebraska focuses on reform

Bill introduction has ended for the 2021 Nebraska Legislature, and two bills were filed to reform Nebraska’s antiquated, and increasingly uncommon, inheritance tax. In fact, yet another neighboring state might soon ditch its own inheritance tax. SSB 1026, which would repeal Iowa’s inheritance tax if approved, was advanced unanimously from an Iowa Senate subcommittee. It...

By Sarah Curry

The Full Platter Podcast: 21 Great Bills for 2021

The Full Platter Podcast: 21 Great Bills for 2021

Senators have introduced hundreds of bills in the new legislative session. We discuss 21 of them that we’re supporting to remove barriers for Nebraskans in 2021. Resources mentioned in this episode: The Platte Institute’s Take Action Page Find Your Senator Wyoming Legislature considers universal recognition of occupational licenses Bills discussed in this episode (listed by...

Nebraska issued $112 million in tax refunds in December

Nebraska issued $112 million in tax refunds in December

Nebraska gross tax revenues for the month of December were overall very strong. Every category was above forecast for the month except for gross personal income tax, which was 3.4%, or $7.6 million, below forecast. When we look at the fiscal year net revenues, Nebraska remains ahead of projections. The state is currently 7.9% or...

By Sarah Curry

State of the State emphasizes taxes and licensing reform

State of the State emphasizes taxes and licensing reform

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Pete Ricketts outlined his priorities for the next two years during the 107th Nebraska Legislature. He started by proposing only a 1.5% growth rate to the state’s budget while highlighting areas including property tax relief, making Nebraska more welcoming to veterans and the military, job licensing reform, public...

By Sarah Curry, Laura Ebke

The Full Platter Podcast: Tax the Robots

The Full Platter Podcast: Tax the Robots

Some want states and the federal government to impose more taxes on automation, robots, and other business equipment. Tax Foundation Senior Policy Analysts Garrett Watson and Katherine Loughead discuss why that’s not as futuristic of an idea as it sounds. Resources mentioned on this podcast: Increasing the Tax Burden on Capital Investment and Automation Hurts...

These 8 senators set Nebraska’s tax policy agenda

These 8 senators set Nebraska’s tax policy agenda

The Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee is the gatekeeper for all things tax. Eight state senators hold public hearings and decide which tax proposals move on from the bill introduction stage and receive consideration from the whole Legislature. Through 2019 and 2020, the committee was deeply dug into a process of trying to move forward on...

By Adam Weinberg

Tax legislation takes different approaches to economic competitiveness

Tax legislation takes different approaches to economic competitiveness

As the Nebraska Legislature gets started for the new biennium, there have already been a good number of bills filed relating to taxes and our state’s economy. I am anticipating more of these bills to be filed in the upcoming days, dealing with property taxes, income taxes, sales taxes, motor vehicle taxes, and more. A...

By Sarah Curry

PPP loans are forgiven under new federal legislation, along with a second round of support

PPP loans are forgiven under new federal legislation, along with a second round of support

On 12/27 President Trump signed the legislation (H.R. 133) that sent businesses and individuals with additional COVID-19 relief. The enactment of this legislation not only created another round of PPP money, but more importantly it ensures tax deductibility for business expenses paid with PPP loans. This clarifies that loan forgiveness is not considered taxable income...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska gas tax to decline 4.5 cents a gallon in 2021

Nebraska gas tax to decline 4.5 cents a gallon in 2021

The Nebraska Department of Revenue announced that Nebraska’s gas tax, formally known as the motor fuels tax, will be declining in the new year. The total tax will decrease from 33.2 cents a gallon to 28.7 cents a gallon. The reduction follows a previous hike in the excise, which took effect in July. At the...

By Adam Weinberg

Nebraska has 4th highest wireless tax burden in the nation

Nebraska has 4th highest wireless tax burden in the nation

According to a new report by the Tax Foundation, Nebraska has a combined federal, state, and local tax rate of 29.13% on wireless services. Most of the tax is at the state and local level, comprising 19.30% of the total tax. For context, Illinois is the highest at 32.20% and Idaho is the lowest at...

By Sarah Curry

Local sales tax rates increase in 2021 for some jurisdictions

Local sales tax rates increase in 2021 for some jurisdictions

Many Nebraska cities levy local sales taxes in addition to the state rate. Cities and counties in Nebraska are authorized to levy a local sales tax under the Local Option Revenue Act (applicable to cities) or Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-319 to 13-326 (applicable to counties). This law allows cities and counties to levy their...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska continues strong recovery with budget surplus

Nebraska continues strong recovery with budget surplus

The October General Fund tax revenues are in and it looks like Nebraska is not in danger of having a large budget deficit like some states around the nation are experiencing. According to the October figures, fiscal year net tax revenues are 7% above the certified forecast and for the month of October they are...

By Sarah Curry

What is Nebraska’s likelihood of enacting a tax increase next year?

What is Nebraska’s likelihood of enacting a tax increase next year?

That is the focus of a most recent white paper from a private sector consulting firm, MultiState.  They conducted an analysis of the 50 states and their likelihood of enacting a tax increase next year. Nebraska is in the “lower risk” category thanks to not having a large budget deficit, having an accepted amount in...

By Sarah Curry

Legislative Testimony: LR415, Interim study to examine the state inheritance tax

Legislative Testimony: LR415, Interim study to examine the state inheritance tax

Chairwoman Linehan and members of the Revenue Committee, my name is Sarah Curry, and I am the Policy Director for the Platte Institute. Since there has been broad agreement in this committee that Nebraska needs tax modernization, I want to start today with a bit of legislative history. Nebraska’s inheritance tax law was adopted in...

By Sarah Curry