Dear Fellow Nebraskans:
Filing your tax returns for tax year 2013 has begun and I want to encourage every Nebraskan to consider filing their individual income tax return electronically. E-filing is a convenient and secure way to file state and federal taxes. I encourage taxpayers who are making state income tax payments, including estimated income tax, to use the state's electronic payment program.
Once again, Nebraska had one of the highest e-file percentages of any state for tax year 2012, with 89 percent. Our goal for 2014 is to continue to be a national leader in e-filing.
In addition to being quicker and more efficient, e-filing tax returns reduces the risk of errors, provides confirmation that a return has been received, and allows tax refunds to be received much sooner. Those taxpayers entitled to a refund who e-file and choose to have their refund returned via direct deposit typically receive their refund in less than 21 calendar days after their e-filed tax return is received.
E-filing through the Federal/State E-File program allows taxpayers to submit both their federal and state tax returns together. Taxpayers can go online, purchase software, or visit a participating tax preparer to file their returns using the federal and state e-file program. Some software providers allow free federal e‑filing, but may charge a fee for state e-filing. Visit www.irs.gov for more information.
The Nebraska Department of Revenue offers a free online filing system called NebFile for Individuals. Most Nebraska residents can use NebFile to file and pay their Nebraska individual income tax online at no charge.
The ability to file and pay taxes online is another way our state is providing the services Nebraskans want, while helping ensure greater efficiency in government. The switch to e-filing has reduced the number of temporary workers at the Department of Revenue
Every taxpayer choosing to e-file and e-pay saves staff time needed to open envelopes, remove staples or paper clips, and review the enclosed documents to ensure everything is in order before each tax return or payment can be processed.
The professional tax preparation community in Nebraska has embraced the speed and convenience of e-filing and this partnership is appreciated.
For more information on new developments and other electronic options available for individuals and businesses, visit the Nebraska Department of Revenue website at http://revenue.nebraska.gov/. Thank you for partnering with us to provide successful electronic tax services in the State of Nebraska.