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Poll: Majority of North Carolinians Feel Overly Taxed Under McCrory

North Carolinians feel they are paying more in state taxes, under tax reform implemented by Gov. Pat McCrory. (GotCredit/flickr.com)
North Carolinians feel they are paying more in state taxes, under tax reform implemented by Gov. Pat McCrory. (GotCredit/flickr.com)
April 20, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. - If your state tax bill seemed a little higher this year, or your refund a little lower, you're not alone.

A new poll by Progress North Carolina Action and conducted by Public Policy Polling found nearly two-thirds of North Carolinians believe state taxes have gone up for working families in general.

This comes after Gov. Pat McCrory's tax reform announced in 2013 promised economic growth for all.

Logan Smith, communications director with Progress N.C. Action, says people are now finding out that's not the case.

"More and more people are realizing they were really just lied to," says Smith. "The governor said that so-called tax reform would benefit everyone, but working families are being asked to pay more in taxes, but they're really getting less."

More than half of North Carolinians say McCrory's tax policies primarily benefit corporations and the wealthy, instead of working families.

The governor's plan created a flat 5.75 percent tax on an individual's income and reduced the corporate tax rate. Supporters of the tax reform say it will boost the state's economy and lure new business to the state.

Earlier this year a sales tax on things like car repair and other services was put in place.

Smith and numerous economists say sales taxes have a disproportionate impact on lower and middle income families since they spend a greater portion of their income on goods and services.

He says instead of recognizing the unintended consequences of the tax reform, the state is moving forward.

"They are more interested in doubling down on their failed tax scheme," says Smith. "For example last year, instead of realizing that taxes had gone up, they raised sales taxes even more and then they lowered the corporate income tax."

The poll also found that more than half of North Carolinians say the state has reduced the quality of and access to public services such as public schools, infrastructure and services for older Americans in recent years.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - NC