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Ricketts pushes back tax deadline, encourages filing before April 15

Pete Ricketts
Posted at 6:18 PM, Mar 23, 2020

OMAHA. NEB. (KMTV) — There are now 50 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nebraska, less than half of surrounding states like Iowa which has 105 and 183 in Missouri.

Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the state's response on Monday, saying he was proud of all Nebraskans and the work they have done to flatten the curve.

Ricketts also addressed taxes, saying he will extend the deadline for filing taxes from April 15 to July 15. However, he says anyone who can still file their taxes on time should.

"If everybody who normally files April 15 were to file July, we would see $385 million, our estimate, move from this fiscal year to our next fiscal year, which begins July 1st," Ricketts said. "Now, we've analyzed this at the state of Nebraska and 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 if you can file by April 15, please do so."

Ricketts also said that those who do file their taxes on-time will help keep the state of Nebraska's operations on track.

For Nebraskans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that impair their ability to comply with their state tax obligations for taxes administered by the Nebraska Department of Revenue, the Tax Commissioner may grant penalty or interest relief depending on individual circumstances. To request relief, please complete and mail a Request for Abatement of Penalty, Form 21 [revenue.nebraska.gov], or Request for Abatement of Interest, Form 21A [revenue.nebraska.gov], with an explanation of how you were impacted.