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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 5, 2012

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Douglas A. Ewald, Tax Commissioner
402-471-5604

NEBRASKA INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RETURNS
CAN NOW BE FILED FOR TAX YEAR 2011

LINCOLN —  The Nebraska Department of Revenue (Department) announced it is now accepting 2011 Nebraska Individual Income Tax Returns through the Department’s NebFile program.

“The Department’s website offers free e-file and e-pay options and detailed information about everything having to do with state taxes,” said Doug Ewald, Tax Commissioner.

Highlights of the upcoming 2011 tax filing season.

  • Due Date is Tuesday, April 17 – Since Monday, April 16, is a legal holiday in Washington, DC (Emancipation Day), the IRS has announced that taxpayers nationwide have until the following business day, Tuesday, April 17, to timely file income tax returns and pay income taxes. Nebraska will also accept income tax returns and payments e-filed or postmarked on or before April 17, 2012, as timely.

  • Limited Mailing of Tax Booklets – The Department no longer mails tax booklets to all taxpayers. The Nebraska Individual Income Tax booklet is available at www.revenue.nebraska.gov – click on “Forms,” then click on the “Individual Income Tax" blue bar, and you will see the "2011 Individual Income Tax Booklet.”

  • File and Pay Use Tax on Your State Income Tax Form – Individual income tax filers can again report and pay use tax on line 38 of their 2011 Nebraska Individual Income Tax Return, Form 1040N. Many Nebraskans may not be aware that they owe use tax. You owe use tax if you purchase taxable items (books, music, clothes, etc.) and are not charged sales tax. For example, if you bought books from an Internet or catalog seller and were not charged sales tax, you owe use tax on the purchase price and shipping charges. See our website for more details.

  • Paid Tax Preparer Mandate – Any person or business paid to prepare and file more than 25 2011 Nebraska Individual Income Tax Returns must e-file these returns in 2012. For more information on this e-file mandate, see the FAQs on the Department’s website.

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APPROVED:
Douglas A. Ewald
Tax Commissioner


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