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April 1, 2016

Tony Fulton, Tax Commissioner

Last Minute Tax Tips for Nebraskans

LINCOLN – With the April 15 individual income tax filing deadline around the corner, the Nebraska Department of Revenue (Department) offers some quick tax tips to those who still need to file their return.

This year, the federal Emancipation Day holiday is being observed by the federal government on Friday, April 15, 2016. Because Nebraska is required by law to follow the federal due dates, the deadline for Nebraska individual income tax returns has also been extended to Monday, April 18, 2016.

All taxpayers are encouraged to e-file their 2015 individual income tax return and use direct deposit when receiving a refund. Many e-filing options are available, and several are free.

Last-minute tips that taxpayers should keep in mind include:

  1. Use e-file and direct deposit to save time, paper, stamps, and a midnight trip to the post office. Get your tax refund back fast – generally within 21 days. NebFile is the Department’s free and easy to use e-file option. Go to the Department’s website and see if NebFile is the best option for you.

  2. If you owe tax, consider using the E-pay option, which allows you to authorize and schedule a transfer from your bank account to pay a tax return balance due. You can also schedule your estimated income tax payments up to one year in advance with E-pay. You may also pay by credit card.

  3. Pay on or before April 18, 2016, to avoid penalties and interest. If additional time is needed to file the return, see page 3 of the 2015 Individual Income Tax booklet instructions for detailed information.

  4. Payment plans are available if you are unable to pay the entire amount of tax you owe. To set up a payment plan, you must contact the Department to make specific payment arrangements. Check out the “Request a Payment Plan” information on the Department’s website.


Tony Fulton
Tax Commissioner

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