North Carolina Republicans consider ending income tax
RALEIGH, North Carolina: North Carolina Republicans are considering eliminating the state income tax and increasing the state sales tax. On January 16, State Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger said that the Senate was looking into eliminating the personal and corporate income taxes and increasing both the rate and scope of the sales tax. One proposal advanced by Berger's allies would end the 6.9-percent corporate income tax and the income tax, presently 7.75 percent for the highest earners, and increase the state sales tax to less than 8 percent from its present county-variable rates of 6.75 to 7 percent. The sales tax would apply to payments for presently exempt services, such as lawn care and car maintenance, and possibly for groceries, exempt for the past 15 years.
North Carolina is one of 24 states with both its governorship and legislature under Republican control.