Electronic Taxes Bill

Some Nebraska businesses may be ushered into the electronic era whether they like it or not.

State lawmakers gave first-round approval to a bill (LB819) Thursday that would require businesses with payrolls of at least $100,000 to pay taxes and file state wage reports electronically.

Current law requires only employers with $500,000 or more in annual payroll to file electronically.

Senator Abbie Cornett of Bellevue, head of the Business and Labor Committee, says many of the businesses that would be affected by the law already file online.

The requirement could be waived if it were found to cause a business undue hardship.

If approved, the bill wouldn't take effect until 2010.