Income Tax Deadline Extended To July 15, Ricketts Urges Filing Early

Gov. Pete Ricketts speaks at a news conference about COVID-19 on March 23, 2020. (NET Nebraska)
March 23, 2020 - 7:00pm

Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday the deadline to file state income taxes has been extended to July 15.

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Ricketts says the extension is intended for Nebraskans impacted by COVID-19, and urges anyone who is able to file their taxes by the original deadline of April 15.

“If everybody who normally files April 15 were to file July 15, we would see $385 million, our estimate, move from this fiscal year to the next fiscal year which begins July 1,” Ricketts said. “Now we have analyzed this, and we at the State of Nebraska can manage that with our cash flow, we will be able to manage that. But I’m also asking, if you have not been impacted by coronavirus, and you can file by April 15, please do so.”

Ricketts said he plans to pay now and has instructed his cabinet to as well.

Monday’s press conference also included an update on how the state will work with employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s head of Human Resources said the state is prioritizing keeping essential services running, the safety of their employees, and income security for employees. They plan to utilize tools like telework, work from home, sick leave, and paid on-call status. The state plans to work with unions, and to address the differing needs of specific agencies.

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