Nebraska taxability of coupons, fees, and other basis-modifying components Nebraska: Sales Tax Handbook


What is included in Nebraska's sales tax basis?

Many times, an otherwise-taxable transaction will include bundled fees like excise taxes, installation fees, or finance charges or be modified with coupons, installment payment plans, etc. One question that will often arise is whether or not a certain payment or fee is included in a transaction's taxable basis.

The taxable basis refers to the portion of an entire transaction that is subject to Nebraska's sales tax. This page answers common questions about which common fees are included in the sales tax basis in Nebraska, and which are excluded.

Inclusion in Sales Tax Basis

Are coupons and cash discounts included in the Nebraska sales tax basis?

What is not included are any cash discounts, retailers coupons, and motor vehicle rebates which were used to reduce the selling price. What is included are manufacturers coupons, cash rebates, and deal-of-the day certificates.


Are excise taxes included in the Nebraska sales tax basis?

Excise taxes are separate levies added by many states to the price of commodity items such as alcohol, gasoline, etc. What is included are occupation taxes, import duties, manufacturer's excise taxes, and property taxes. Federal luxury excise taxes are excluded.


How are installment-based sales taxed?

Many businesses offer customers payment plans that allow them to pay the full price for a product over time in installments, often leading to confusion about when and how much sales tax is collected and remitted to Nebraska. The state has implemented the following provisions regarding installment sales:

Payments reported as received

Note: Retailers maintaining their books and records on the accrual basis, may choose to report such sales on a cash basis by deferring remittance of sales tax not yet collected on credit, conditional, and installment sales


Are installation charges included in the Nebraska sales tax basis?

While the taxation of tangible goods is relatively straightforward, some states consider the installation costs associated with a tangible object (like carpeting, a home or vehicle fixture, etc) to be taxable. Nebraska policy states:

Installation charges are generally excluded from the taxable price of a tangible product.

Note: Charges are only included as long as the property being installed is taxable. Installation charges of sewer and water service providers are not gross receipts and are not taxable


Are finance charges included in the Nebraska sales tax basis?

Many businesses offer customers financing on higher-value products, and include financing charges in the overall cost of the item. These finance charges may also be subject to sales taxes. Nebraska policy states:

Finance charges are generally included in the taxable price of a tangible product.

Note: Must be separately stated


How can I get reimbursed for sales taxes paid on items that are returned or repossessed?

If a taxable good for which sales tax has been collected is returned or reposessed by the merchant, the state may allow the amount of sales tax collected to be either deducted from the merchant's current sales tax balance or refunded to the merchant by the state. Nebraska's policies state that returns and repossessions are:


Note: A credit is allowed for the unpaid balance of repossessed property. A credit is not allowed if the retailer remitted the tax on a cash accounting basis or collected the full tax from the purchaser at the time of purchase


How can I get reimbursed for sales taxes paid on bad debts?

If a merchant offers goods to a consumer on credit and the payment for those goods becomes delinquent, the merchant may be eligible to be reimbursed any sales tax they paid to the state on the consumer's behalf when the transaction was made. The method of reimbursement varies state by state.

Tax paid on bad debts can generally be recovered by the merchant as a deduction.

Note: When the bad debt amount exceeds the taxable sales for the period in which the bad debt is written off, a refund claim may be filed

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