Some will say that our state doesn’t need tax reform. Another report says otherwise.
The following is from Matt Olberding, Lincoln Journal Star:
“The report, titled ‘Best & Worst States to be a Taxpayer,’ says Nebraska residents have an average state and local tax burden of $9,450, which is 36 percent higher than the national average and lower than only California and New York.
“Personal finance website WalletHub, which produced the report, looked at eight categories of taxation, ranging from income and sales taxes to taxes on food and alcohol. The website says Nebraska has the fourth-highest telecom taxes, the sixth-highest property taxes, the 13th-highest state income taxes and the 24th-highest gas taxes.
“Nebraska annually makes Kiplinger’s ‘Worst Places to Retire’ list because of a high tax burden, and over the past few years the state has been named the state with the highest cellphone taxes and the second-highest property taxes.
“Gov. Dave Heineman has made reducing taxes one of his priorities, and although the Legislature has rebuffed his efforts to lower income taxes, it is currently considering a bill that would give a tax break to military retirees.
“In an emailed statement, Heineman said the report is ‘additional proof that Nebraskans need responsible and meaningful property and income tax relief.’