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Nebraska State Taxes

Nebraska State Taxes

State Taxes at a Glance – Nebraska

Type of Tax2023
Individual Rates2.46% to 6.64%
Corporate / Business Tax Rates5.58% to 7.50%
Gross Receipts TaxNone
Sales Tax6.95% (average)
Property Taxes1.61% as a percentage of primary home
Estate or Inheritance TaxNone

State Income Taxes in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska has state income tax. Like most states with income tax, it is calculated on a marginal scale with multiple brackets (4). The tax rates range from between 2.46% to 6.64%.

State Business Taxes in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska two (2) tax rates for Corporate income taxes,

  • 5.58% for income < $100,000
  • 7.50% for income > $100,000

Other flow-thru entities, such as S-Corporations, LLCs and Partnerships are not subject to the corporate income tax.

Nebraska Corporate Occupation Tax

In addition to the corporate tax, Nebraska has franchise tax called the Corporate Occupation Tax that applies to C corps and S Corps. This tax is paid every other year (on even years).

This capital stock tax is based on a fixed dollar schedule. Similar to Georgia, this means that as taxable capital increases, the tax rate decreases. The tax ranges from $26- $23,990 of paid-up capital. 

Here is a link to the Nebraska Legislatures law on Corporate Occupation Tax.

Sales and Property Taxes in Nebraska

Sales Taxes – Like most states, Nebraska has both a state and local sales tax. Its state sales tax is 5.50% and its local sales tax has an average rate of 1.45% (which puts the state average 6.95%). It’s good to note that there is no sales tax on groceries in Nebraska.

Property Taxes in Nebraska – the average property tax rate for residential property in the state of Nebraska is 1.61%, which is well above the national average. Nebraska is within the top ten most expensive states regarding property tax as a percentage of value.

Inheritance Taxes in Nebraska

Nebraska is one of only six (6) states that requires beneficiaries to pay taxes on an inheritance. Depending on who the heir is, the tax rate ranges from 1%-18% and the exemptions range from $10,000-$40,000. Here’s the break down

RelativeExemptionTax Rate
Spouses100% ExemptNone
Immediate RelativesFirst $40,000 exempt1%
Remote RelativesFirst $15,000 exempt11%
All OthersFirst $10,000 exempt15%

Nebraska has the highest inheritance tax rate maximum in the country. The inheritance tax in this state is levied at the county level.

Nebraska DMV Tax

A portion of the Nebraska DMV fees are a tax based on the MSPR of the vehicle when purchased. The tax is anywhere from $25 to $1,900 depending on how long you’ve had the vehicle. Here’s a link to the Nebraska Vehicle Tax Table.

Nebraska Domicile

If you maintain a permanent place of abode for over 6 months and have been present in Nebraska during that time, you are considered a Nebraska resident.

Nebraska Tax on Social Security Benefits

Nebraska is one of the few states that partially taxes social security benefits. However, there are exemptions under certain cases. In 2022 you are exempt from tax if you’re:

  • Married filing jointly and you make less than $61,760
  • Single and you make less than $45,790

All others must pay partially on social security benefits.

Here is a link to the 2022 Nebraska Legislative Changes that effect Social Security in Nebraska.

Payroll Taxes in Nebraska

Unemployment taxes usually consist of three factors. They are the wage base, the range of UI rates, number of schedules. Below is an outline of the three:

  • Wage Base – Nebraska has a wage base of $24,000 (employers with 5.40% rate) / $9,000 wage base all others.
  • UI Rates – range from 0.00% to 5.40%
  • Schedules – Nebraska has multiple rate schedules regarding UI

Nebraska Business Entities – LLCs

Nebraska is inexpensive in regard to opening an LLC. Here are some important facts:

  • Nebraska’s fee is a bi-annual reporting fee (paid every two years).
  • It costs between $10 – $15, depending on your type of entity.
  • When you register with the state, you pay a one-time fee of $105
  • Secretary of State of Nebraska website – click here

Nebraska Tax Contact Phone Numbers

Important phone numbers for the Nebraska Department of Taxation: