Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman today reminds those who have not yet filed their taxes for 2009 to remember electronic filing is way to go.
“I urge Nebraska taxpayers to use the free e-file option when reporting individual income taxes for tax year 2009. Last year, 70-percent of all individual tax returns were e-filed.”
Nebraska Tax Commissioner Doug Ewald is the head of the Nebraska Department of Revenue agrees. He says electronic filing is quick and easy and benefits Nebraska taxpayers.
“The single largest benefit is that e-filing allows for a faster refund. We know that Nebraskans keep their money very close to them and they do a great job of wanting to turn that around and get that money back in their pockets.”
Ewald says this technology is saving taxpayers money as they do not need as many employees to handle the mounds of paperwork.
“Ten years ago we were probably looking at 150 to 160 employees or temporary employees during the busy season. Last year we were at 60. This we are at 30 and next year we will have not temporary workers what-so-ever. A lot of that is obviously budget driven.”
On a different topic, Ewald says the total numbers are in regarding Christmas sales tax revenues in Nebraska.
“We are down on a net basis 1.2-million dollars. With that said, we are down about 11.7 million on the sales tax front. That was offset by good news in corporate and good news in withholding. What we saw in the last week to 10 days of December, where people couldn’t get out and spend like they could or wanted to, how much of that 11.7-million dollars trickled over into January or how much isn’t going to materialize at all. We won’t know that until February receipts are complete here.”
Many people did not get to complete their holiday shopping due to the snowstorm that blanketed the state.