Gov. Dave Heineman announced that Nebraska’s Tax Commissioner, Douglas A. Ewald, is leaving state government to take another position. As Tax Commissioner, Ewald, 50, is responsible for the daily operations of the Department of Revenue.
“I want to thank Doug for his seven years of service to the State with the Department of Revenue,” said Gov. Heineman. “Doug has been instrumental in helping move the Department forward though the enhanced use of technology.”
“It has been a privilege to serve the taxpayers of the State of Nebraska,” said Ewald. “By creating an open door environment through the Department of Revenue, we’ve resolved a significant number of legal disputes while being more transparent with taxpayers.”
Under Commissioner Ewald’s leadership, he has been instrumental in streamlining this agency. He has worked with department leaders to emphasize the ease and added security of electronic payments and opportunities to e-file tax statements. Nebraska leads the nation in electronic filing of tax returns.
Commissioner Ewald was appointed by Gov. Heineman in Nov. 2006. Prior to coming to the Department of Revenue, Ewald had a 19-year career in private sector accounting and business planning. Ewald’s last day as Commissioner will be Oct. 18.