Nebraska Revised Statute 77-1784

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77-1784. Electronic filings; electronic fund transfers; required; when; penalty; disclosure to taxpayer.

(1) The Tax Commissioner may accept electronic filing of applications, returns, and any other document required to be filed with the Tax Commissioner.

(2) The Tax Commissioner may use electronic fund transfers to collect any taxes, fees, or other amounts required to be paid to or collected by the Tax Commissioner or to pay any refunds of such amounts.

(3) The Tax Commissioner may adopt rules and regulations to establish the criteria for acceptability of filing documents and making payments electronically. The criteria may include requirements for electronic signatures, the type of tax for which electronic filings or payments will be accepted, the method of transfer, or minimum amounts which may be transferred. The Tax Commissioner may refuse to accept any electronic filings or payments that do not meet the criteria established.

(4) The Tax Commissioner may require the use of electronic fund transfers for any taxes, fees, or amounts required to be paid to or collected by the Tax Commissioner for any taxpayer who made payments exceeding five thousand dollars for a tax program in any prior year for that tax program. The requirement to make electronic fund transfers may be phased in as deemed necessary by the Tax Commissioner. Notice of the requirement to make electronic fund transfers shall be provided at least three months prior to the date the first electronic payment is required to be made.

(5) Except for individual income tax payments required under section 77-2715 and estimated payments for individuals under section 77-2769, any person who fails to make a required payment by electronic fund transfer shall be subject to a penalty of one hundred dollars for each required payment that was not made by electronic fund transfer. The penalty provided by this section shall be in addition to all other penalties and applies even if payment by some other method is timely made. The Tax Commissioner may waive the penalty provided in this section upon a showing of good cause.

(6) The use of electronic filing of documents and electronic fund transfers shall not change the rights of any party from the rights such party would have if a different method of filing or payment were used. Until criteria for electronic signatures are adopted under subsection (3) of this section, the document produced during the electronic filing of a taxpayer's information with the state shall be prima facie evidence for all purposes that the taxpayer's signature accompanied the taxpayer's information in the electronic transmission.

(7) For tax returns due on or after January 1, 2010, the Tax Commissioner may require any person that aids, procures, advises, or assists in the preparation of and files any tax return on behalf of any taxpayer for profit to file an electronic return if the person filed twenty-five or more tax returns in the prior calendar year. The requirement to require electronic filing may be phased in as deemed necessary by the Tax Commissioner.

Any person that files a tax return on behalf of a taxpayer must disclose in writing to the taxpayer that the return will be filed in an electronic format and in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by the Tax Commissioner.

(8) Any person who fails to file an electronic return as required under subsection (7) of this section shall be subject to a penalty of one hundred dollars for each return that was not properly filed in addition to other penalties provided by law. The Tax Commissioner may waive the penalty provided in this section upon a showing of good cause.

(9) The Legislature hereby finds and determines that the development of a comprehensive electronic filing and payment system for all state tax programs and fees administered by the Department of Revenue is of critical importance to the State of Nebraska. It is the intent of the Legislature that the department implement a mandatory electronic filing system for all state tax programs and fees administered by the department as deemed practicable and necessary for the proper administration of the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967. It is the intent of the Legislature that the department require the use of electronic fund transfers for any taxes, fees, or amounts required to be paid to or collected by the department as deemed practicable and necessary for the proper administration of the Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967.

Source

    Laws 1987, LB 523, § 42;
    Laws 1995, LB 134, § 1;
    Laws 2000, LB 1251, § 1;
    Laws 2005, LB 216, § 2;
    Laws 2009, LB165, § 3;
    Laws 2010, LB879, § 7.

Cross References

    Nebraska Revenue Act of 1967, see section 77-2701.