Gov. Pete Ricketts has extended the income tax filing deadline to July 15, joining the federal government in allowing more time to file income tax returns.

However, Nebraskans who are not impacted by the COVID-19 virus should consider filing by the traditional April 15 date to help the state manage its cash flow, Ricketts said.

Jason Jackson, Director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services, joined the Governor to provide an update on the State’s continuity plans.  When possible, the State is allowing teammates greater flexibility to work remotely during the pandemic, while ensuring that Nebraskans continue to receive excellent service from all agencies.

During his daily briefing Monday, Gov. Ricketts also noted that this is National Agriculture Week, and he will highlight steps taken by Nebraska ag producers and companies in Nebraska to serve the public during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Todd Becker, the president and CEO of Green Plains ethanol company, said his company is donating industrial alcohol to the state for conversion into hand sanitizer.

In turn, the state will supply the sanitizer to cities and counties that need it.

For Nebraskans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that impair their ability to comply with 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, or Request for Abatement of Interest, Form 21A, with an explanation of how you were impacted.