Policy Documents

North Carolina Considers Impressive Tax Reform Options

Elizabeth Malm, Scott Drenkard –
June 11, 2013
This week, the Finance and Appropriations Committees of the North Carolina House of Representatives approved legislation that would significantly reform the state’s tax system. House Bill 998 would reduce individual and corporate income taxes while broadening their bases, in addition to lowering the combined state-local sales tax and expanding the tax to some services. These changes move North Carolina away from income taxation and towards consumption taxes in an effort to increase future economic growth and make the state more rate-competitive with its neighbors. They would also reduce distortions and waste associated with a complicated and non-neutral tax code.