Tax Policy

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

Nebraska’s New Truth in Taxation Law

Nebraska’s New Truth in Taxation Law

The property tax transparency law called Truth in Taxation is new to Nebraska, but a similar law has been on the books in Utah since 1985. Two Utah-based experts, Rusty Cannon of the Utah Taxpayers Association, and former Utah state Sen. Howard Stephenson, join Jim to discuss how the policy has worked in the Beehive...

Nebraska nets $720 million in revenue in May

Nebraska nets $720 million in revenue in May

Nebraska’s state tax revenues remain above projections as the state continues its rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the most recent Nebraska Department of Revenue news release, gross revenues for the month of May 2021 were $892 million or 72.6% above the certified forecast. Net revenues for the month were $720 million, which is...

By Nicole Fox

Diane Battiato’s right: Assessors aren’t the cause of Nebraska’s property tax woes

Diane Battiato’s right: Assessors aren’t the cause of Nebraska’s property tax woes

As summer begins and finalized property valuations land in many Nebraska mailboxes, county assessors can take an undue share of the blame for what looks to be an unavoidable—and sometimes major—increase in property tax bills. But in a recent Omaha World-Herald letter to the editor, Douglas County Assessor and Register of Deeds Diane Battiato appropriately...

By Jim Vokal

Iowa’s repeal to leave Nebraska with region’s only inheritance tax

Iowa’s repeal to leave Nebraska with region’s only inheritance tax

Thanks to a comprehensive tax reform bill (SF 619), Iowa has successfully set a date for repealing its inheritance tax. Iowa will phase down the tax by 20% each year until it is repealed in 2025, leaving only 5 states in the nation left with an inheritance tax. Among them, Nebraska has the highest rate...

By Sarah Curry

Highlights of the 2021 Nebraska legislative session

Highlights of the 2021 Nebraska legislative session

The first session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature has adjourned Sine Die, concluding regular legislative business in Lincoln until 2022. Now that all the legislating (except the forthcoming special session on redistricting) is complete, let’s summarize some of the ways senators expanded economic opportunities and freedoms for Nebraskans in 2021. During the session, the Platte Institute weighed...

By Nicole Fox

5 Essential Steps to Reform Taxes in Nebraska

5 Essential Steps to Reform Taxes in Nebraska

Do you ever wonder why Nebraska doesn’t seem to have its act together when it comes to taxes? Politicians want you to think it’s a red or blue problem. It’s not. It’s a lack of vision problem.  That’s why I’m sharing the five essential steps to reform Nebraska taxes. Stay tuned until the end to...

By Jim Vokal

How much do Nebraska-based companies pay in taxes and does it matter?

How much do Nebraska-based companies pay in taxes and does it matter?

Nebraska is no stranger to business incentives. Starting in 1985 (LB273), Nebraska embarked on a long journey of business incentives in an attempt to lure companies to the Cornhusker State as well as promote job creation. Over the last 35 years there have been many central programs in the state’s history including the Employment and...

By Sarah Curry

Truth in Taxation bill awaits governor’s signature

Truth in Taxation bill awaits governor’s signature

Today, the Legislature passed Sen. Ben Hansen’s LB644 – often referred to as “the postcard bill” in the Legislature. When it’s signed into law, Nebraska will be the third state to adopt a comprehensive Truth in Taxation law, which requires direct notification of property taxpayers, by mail, about proposals for local property tax increases. As...

By Nicole Fox

State tax collections are $650 million more than compared to last year, even with the delayed tax filing deadline

State tax collections are $650 million more than compared to last year, even with the delayed tax filing deadline

The April 2021 state tax revenues have been published, and overall, it’s good news again. The revenues are broken down into two measures, one for the month and another for the fiscal year. For the month of April 2021, the revenues do not meet the state’s expected forecast of revenue – however, this may be...

By Sarah Curry

Nebraska ranks 35th in national economic outlook according to policy group

Nebraska ranks 35th in national economic outlook according to policy group

Every year, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) releases their economic outlook rankings for states. The Rich States, Poor States ranking incorporates 15 different policy variables to look at the 50 states and determine their economic outlook. This is essentially a forecast for each state. Since 2008, Nebraska has remained relatively steady in the outlook...

By Sarah Curry

Taxpayers Beware: 3 Issues You Should Be Concerned About in Nebraska

Taxpayers Beware: 3 Issues You Should Be Concerned About in Nebraska

Do you think Nebraska taxpayers would like to pay $1 billion more in taxes each year?  Unfortunately, some groups and policymakers in our state have pushed for this without many people even knowing about it. That’s why experts at the Platte Institute go down to the Capitol to testify against expensive policies threatening economic opportunity...

By Jim Vokal