On this page we are describing the sales taxes in the State of Nebraska, we aim to educate you on the differences that occur throughout the state so you get a better understanding of it in regards to whether you may have:

  • Have taken a new job in the are
  • Applied for a new school
  • Opened a new bank account in the state of Nebraska
  • People who may be unable to find their Social Security Card or have lost it.

What is the lowest and highest sales tax in Nebraska?

In the map of Nebraska is pictured below there are a total of 93 countries that are within the state. You can go directly to the page and see which area has the highest and lowest sales tax in your county of choice.

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The state sales tax for businesses and so forth is a standard rate of 5.5% which allows the local government to be able to collect up to another 2.5% on top of this:

  • the average sales tax for the entirety of Nebraska is 6.05%,
  • the highest is within the Gage County that consists of Beatrice and this equates to 8% sales tax,
  • the lowest sales tax is in Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Hamilton, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keya Paha, Logan, Loup, Mcpherson, Morrill, Perkins, Rock, Sioux, Thomas, Wheeler County, which includes cities like Omaha, Plattsmouth, Gretna, Papillion, Bennington, Aurora, Mitchell, Springfield, Hartington, Lincoln, Hickman, Gibbon, Fort Calhoun, Waterloo, Eagle, Wood River, Bridgeport, Ravenna, Bayard, Juniata, Crofton, Humphrey, Firth and the sales tax in these areas total to 5.5%

This is a brief overview, and we suggest that you go directly to the page if you wish to get a clearer image of the different ranges of sale tax in a particular county. Please note that the ones that have an asterisk means they are below the usual county level of sales tax.

How to calculate your own sales tax in the state of Nebraska.

So, what does this mean for you, if you are looking into how much sales tax you are going to charged dependant on what sort of county you are residing or working out of. You can go ahead and use a sales tax calculator which will give you a section that is exampled below.

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-or- Specify Sales Tax Rate
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You do need to know the purchase ZIP code and purchase amount in order to get an accurate figure. For an example we will use the amount of $900 and see what the ranges could be from the highest area to the lowest.

In Beatrice, NE with the highest sales tax of 8% would mean that your $900 purchase would incur a $72 sales tax, taking the total amount to $972.

Whereas in Bellevue, NE the sales tax is only 7% and a $900 purchase would equate to $63 tax, taking the total to $963.

The sales tax calculator makes it as easy as it can be to find out what sort of sales tax you will be charged by simply adding the amount and the ZIP code. Though there might be some purchases that are exempt from sales taxes or have some special leniency which do need to be taken into consideration.

City Sales Tax Rate Zip-code Population
Omaha 7.00% 68102, 68103, 68104, 68105, 68106, 68107, 68108, 68109, 68110, 68111, 68112, 68114, 68116, 68117, 68118, 68124, 68127, 68130, 68131, 68132, 68134, 68135, 68137, 68139, 68144, 68145, 68152, 68154, 68164, 68175, 68178, 68179, 68180, 68182, 68183, 68197, 68198 376061
Lincoln 7.25% 68501, 68502, 68503, 68504, 68505, 68506, 68507, 68508, 68510, 68512, 68516, 68520, 68521, 68522, 68524, 68526, 68528, 68529, 68542, 68583, 68588 202258
Bellevue 7.00% 68005, 68123, 68147 51448
Grand Island 7.50% 68801, 68802, 68803 41913
Kearney 7.00% 68845, 68847, 68848, 68849 27592
Fremont 7.00% 68025, 68026 25012
Norfolk 7.00% 68701, 68702 24898
North Platte 7.00% 69101, 69103 24497
Columbus 5.50% 68602 23195
Hastings 7.00% 68901, 68902 20287
La Vista 7.50% 68128 14841
Elkhorn 7.00% 68022 14042
Scottsbluff 7.00% 69361, 69363 13980
South Sioux City 6.00% 68776 12182
Beatrice 8.00% 68310 11815
Plattsmouth 5.50% 68048 10490
Blair 7.00% 68008 10028
Lexington 7.00% 68850 9985
Gretna 5.50% 68028 9147
Gering 7.00% 69341 9032
Alliance 7.00% 69301 8573
Papillion 5.50% 68133 8116
Mc Cook 7.00% 69001 7788
York 7.50% 68467 7574
Nebraska City 7.50% 68410 7021
Seward 7.00% 68434 6581
Bennington 5.50% 68007 6539
Sidney 7.50% 69162 6464
Crete 7.50% 68333 5949
Holdrege 7.00% 68949 5550
Schuyler 7.00% 68661 5543
Ogallala 7.00% 69153 5063
Chadron 7.50% 69337 4826
Aurora 5.50% 68818 4755
Wahoo 7.50% 68066 4436
Cozad 7.00% 69130 4305
West Point 7.00% 68788 4233
Wayne 7.00% 68787 4222
Falls City 7.00% 68355 4164
Fairbury 7.50% 68352 4118
Oneill 7.00% 68763 4043
Broken Bow 7.00% 68822 4012
Gothenburg 7.00% 69138 3751
Ashland 7.00% 68003 3711
Valentine 7.00% 69201 3502
Auburn 6.50% 68305 3453
Minden 7.50% 68959 3260
Waverly 7.00% 68462 3253
David City 7.50% 68632 3175
Central City 7.00% 68826 3147

Why do I need to collect sales tax in Nebraska?

You will need to collect sales tax if you have any sort of nexus there, and what this means is that if you have assets that are physical or economic then you need to do this.

Physical meaning having a tangible activity or some sort of presence in any of the states of Nebraska, economic nexus is simply passing the states’ economic threshold for total revenue, or the maximum number of transactions that can occur in the period of time within the state.

Two easy ways to see if you have either a physical or economic nexus in any of the counties is the following:
Physical:

  • Tangible personal property
  • Business assets or property
  • Own, renting properties
  • Made more than $500,000 in a service or content delivery in the state

Economic:

  • Made more than $100,000 in sales annually
  • More than 200 transactions in the last calendar year

How do I get a sales tax permit?

The main way to go about this is to register online at the Nebraska Business Gateway. Follow the steps that are presented to you and ensure that you have the following to hand to use as information:

  • Business identification information
  • Business entity
  • Location/s that you will be conducting this from
  • Date you will start collecting Nebraska sales tax from a business/property
  • NAICS Code (North American Industry Classification System.)

What is the best way to file sales taxes?

Before you think of doing anything else there are three things that we recommend that you do in order to make this process as easy and smooth as possible.

First of all, find out how much tax you owe (remember the sales tax calculator we mentioned before) so that you know how much you need to pay the state at the end. Second is get onto the Nebraska Department Of Taxation ready to submit them, and third have the money ready so you can make the payment straight away.

There are two main options as well to filing and paying your Nebraska sales tax, these are:

  • Filing online. This is where merchants are required to file all of their sales taxes through the department of taxation in the state of Nebraska, you can also pay your taxes on this platform, so it is one to keep close to you for future reference.
  • Filing by mail. Simply fill out the form UST-1, but this is not the recommended way of filing your taxes due to the possibilities of them getting lost in the post and then it could mean that you are subject to late fees if they are not filed within the allotted time.

We hope this document was able to allow you to feel more confident when it comes to sales tax in the state of Nebraska depending on where you operate out of.