Our tax system is broken. You can help fix it.

North Carolina’s tax code is outdated, volatile, and uncompetitive. It was established back in the 1930s and has never been adequately updated. It’s heavily dependent on unpredictable sources of revenue. And it puts us at a competitive disadvantage with other states in the Southeast.

As if all of that weren’t alarming enough, here’s the worst part:

In its current form, the North Carolina tax code is not sustainable. There will come a point at which it will not bring in enough money for the state to operate – no matter how many budget cuts are made. And the next economic downturn could put us – quite literally – out of business.

We welcome you to get as involved and educated on the tax reform issue as you like, and to suggest specific areas of reform. But you don’t have to dig that deep if you don’t want to.

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What's NCACPA and what are we doing here?

NCACPANCACPA is the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (quite a mouthful, we know, and why we usually just use the letters). In simple terms, we are an association of more than 13,500 financial professionals here in North Carolina.

We earn the “Certified” part of our designation by passing specific exams and meeting licensing requirements. As accountants, we perform accounting and auditing functions and prepare tax returns.

And then the part of our title that is especially relevant to this discussion. Public.

We take our civic responsibility seriously. We see one of our key roles as advancing the public’s interest and working toward the public good.

cpas2And we believe the public has a basic and inalienable right to understand what we pay taxes on, and to whom, and how much.

We’re well aware that tax reform is not an especially fascinating topic to most folks. It can be complex and confusing, with competing and contradictory goals and claims. But we need it. Desperately. As a nation and as a state. We need a tax code that‘s WAY less complicated, transparent, and fair to all.

There are efforts afoot and legislation being written to reform the tax code in North Carolina. The underlying principles vary widely and have their pros and cons. We will not endorse one proposal over another or take sides.

What we will do – what we promise to do – is act as a voice of reason, as a provider of facts, and as a translator of complex theories.

That’s the purpose of this website.

That’s why “Public” is, quite literally, our middle name.

The Latest News
  • News & Observer:
    Small Business Owners Lament
    End of NC Tax Deduction

    August 26th, 2013

    By Caroline McMillan Like many Charlotte-area small business owners, Doug Jones doesn’t know how to digest the N.C. General Assembly’s recent tax policy overhaul. Even before he and his wife, Sophie, opened Pour Olive, a specialty oil and vinegar shop on East Boulevard, he believed the state’s tax code needed revisions that would make the […]

  • Charlotte Observer: North Carolina Tax Changes: Where You Stand

    August 11th, 2013

    By Eric Frazier Sweeping new changes to the North Carolina tax code will touch the purses and wallets of virtually every taxpayer in the state. Legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory last month will affect everything from the size of our annual tax bills to the way […]

  • CNN Money: North Carolina’s Republican Tax Experiment

    August 8th, 2013

    By Jeanne Sahadi Tax reform is still all talk, talk, talk in Washington. And many expect real action could take years. But not in North Carolina. The state has taken a very big first step in overhauling its tax code — enacting its first major reform in 80 years. The change, signed into law last […]

  • WRAL: McCrory Signs Tax Bill

    July 23rd, 2013

    By Mark Binker RALEIGH, N.C. — It’s official. Gov. Pat McCrory has signed the 2013 tax bill into law. The measure lowers corporate and personal income taxes, but falls short of the more sweeping reform some legislative leaders envisioned at the beginning of the year. Critics, mainly Democrats and liberal policy groups, have lambasted the tax bill as […]

  • Asheville Citizen-Times: NC Tax Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

    July 22nd, 2013

    ASHEVILLE — Most North Carolinians will see more money in their paychecks under an income tax overhaul though business owners and the state’s poorest will pay more in taxes. The tax overhaul would result in $524 million less in combined revenue through mid-2015, according to government projections. Gov. Pat McCrory will sign the tax bill […]

  • North Carolina’s CPAs Comment on Passage of the Tax Reform Package

    July 17th, 2013

    Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), commented on today’s passage of the tax reform bill, expected to be signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory. “We applaud Governor McCrory and members of the General Assembly for taking an important step towards real tax reform in North Carolina. We look […]

  • WNCN: NC Tax Reform Heads to McCrory for Final Approval

    July 17th, 2013

    A “comprehensive tax reform” bill passed a final vote in the state House and Senate Wednesday and now moves to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory, where it is expected to be signed. The North Carolina House voted 77-36 in favor of the Tax Reduction Act (H.B. 998). The Senate also gave final approval of […]

  • WRAL: House, Senate, Governor Reach Tax Deal

    July 15th, 2013

    By Mark Binker and Matthew Burns RALEIGH, N.C. — Lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory struck a deal on tax reform Monday, ending a weeks-long impasse over how to rewrite a tax code that hasn’t been significantly overhauled since the 1930s. Republicans in the House and Senate signed off on the deal during closed-door caucus meetings Monday […]

  • News & Observer: McCrory Says Tax Reform Does Not Equal Tax Cuts

    July 9th, 2013

    Under the Dome Gov. Pat McCrory is redefining what he wants to see in a much-debated bill to overhaul the state’s tax system and it appears he’s moving in a different direction than state lawmakers. Speaking with reporters Monday, he said he wants to limit the plan’s scope to 2015 because he doesn’t believe revenue […]

  • News & Observer: NC Senate Approves Latest Tax Plan, Still Differs with McCrory and House

    July 3rd, 2013

    By John Frank RALEIGH — Once again, the state Senate approved a measure Tuesday to trim income taxes and limit government spending. And once again, it may not matter. Gov. Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis remain hesitant about the legislation crafted by their Republican brethren, with neither willing to endorse what the Senate calls […]

  • WRAL: Tax Reform Remains Up In The Air

    June 21st, 2013

    By Mark Binker RALEIGH, N.C. — One of the most instructive moments in North Carolina’s ongoing debate over reforming its antiquated and erratic tax system came in late May, as Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, scanned the crowd in one of the Legislative Building’s biggest meeting rooms. “Members of the audience, would you just raise your hands […]

  • Associated Press: NC Senate Gives First OK to GOP Tax Overhaul

    June 14th, 2013

    By CHRIS KARDISH — Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — A Republican tax overhaul plan that would lower personal income taxes and gradually repeal corporate taxes in North Carolina cleared the first of two votes in the state Senate Thursday. The Senate tentatively approved a plan Thursday mostly along party lines that goes farther than a previous proposal […]

  • WRAL: House Passes Tax Plan

    June 11th, 2013

    RALEIGH, N.C. — The state House voted a second time Monday night to approve its tax reform package, sending the bill to the state Senate. Lawmakers first approved the bill on Friday, but the state constitution requires bills changing how revenue is raised to be heard and voted on two separate days. There is widespread agreement that […]

  • Greensboro News & Record:
    Looking at Tax Reform

    June 7th, 2013

    By Travis Fain John Frank at the N&O laid out the basics on a tax plan moving through the N.C. House today. It differs considerably from the Senate plan, but given that Gov. Pat McCrory has sided with the House on this one, you have to expect any final changes to be closer to the House proposal […]

  • North Carolina’s CPAs Release Tax Reform Analysis Tool Comparing Seven Key Bills

    June 7th, 2013

    Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) today released a one-page tax reform bill analysis that provides a nonpartisan, comprehensive overview of the seven tax reform bills now before the General Assembly showing how each one compares to current law. The “NC Tax Reform Legislation Analysis” is part of the […]

  • News & Observer: In Quick Vote, House Panel Approves Major Tax Bill

    June 5th, 2013

    By John Frank RALEIGH — In a vote so quick it left lawmakers stunned, a House panel rushed to approve a sweeping tax bill Tuesday with a $1.5 billion cost to state revenue. Only in the moments after the committee adjourned did lawmakers realize they never debated the actual legislation, even though sponsors say it […]

  • Salisbury Post: Rep. Ruth Samuelson: Help Make This The Year Tax Reform Succeeds

    May 31st, 2013

    By Rep. Ruth Samuelson In Feb. 2002, when then-Governor Mike Easley appointed a 15-member panel to recommend reforms to North Carolina’s tax code, he rightly noted that our state’s revenue policy had been created during the Great Depression and had hardly changed in more than 70 years. “Can’t we do better?” Easley asked rhetorically at […]

  • WRAL: Senate Weighs Dueling Tax Reform Plans

    May 30th, 2013

    By Laura Leslie State Senate leaders are weighing two very different proposals to reform the state’s tax system. Both bills were introduced in a Senate Finance Committee meeting Thursday, but neither was discussed in much detail. For now, sponsors said, they simply wanted to make the bills public for information and input. Hartsell/Clodfelter plan One […]

  • Salisbury Post Editorial:
    Different Takes on Tax Reform

    May 23rd, 2013

    Most people like the idea of paying lower income taxes — but what if it means paying more for peanut butter, home repairs or prescription drugs? That’s one of the possibilities as the N.C. Legislature takes up tax reform and the nitty gritty of budget details. Tax reform was part of the Republican platform in […]

  • Asheville Citizen-Times:
    A Call for Tar Heel Tax Reform

    May 18th, 2013

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you’ve heard a lot of talk about tax reform in our state. With seven bills already introduced in the General Assembly this session and numerous organizations calling for reform, it’s shaping up to be the year to get tax reform on our books. And it couldn’t come […]

  • TBJ: House GOP Puts Out Own Plan For Tax Reform

    May 16th, 2013

    By Lee Weisbecker, Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal North Carolina House Republicans put out their own version of tax reform Thursday with a plan they say would slash collections by $1.2 billion over the next five years. One key provision would reduce the state’s combined 6.75 percent sales tax rate to 6.65 percent. Personal income tax […]

  • Associated Press: Details of NC House Tax Plan Unveiled

    May 16th, 2013

    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — House Republicans offered their own North Carolina tax overhaul plan Thursday that would reduce personal and corporate income tax rates and expand the sales tax to cover more services. The proposal’s scope is much narrower than what Senate counterparts offered as GOP legislators try to fulfill a […]

  • Associated Press: NC Senate Plan Expands Sales Tax Base Far and Wide

    May 12th, 2013

    By GARY D. ROBERTSON, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Senate Republicans argue that exponentially expanding the number of transactions subject to the sales tax would promote fairness in a North Carolina tax system now packed with exemptions and loopholes. Their tax overhaul proposal would make North Carolina’s sales tax base one of the broadest in the […]

  • NC SPIN: The Bottom Line on Tax Reform

    May 11th, 2013

    By Jim Ahler Already this year, seven different tax reform bills have been introduced in the General Assembly, and countless organizations on both sides of the aisle have staked out a position on the highly complex issue. So it’s understandable that many North Carolinians feel overwhelmed by the partisanship, unsure about where to turn for […]

  • News & Observer Op-Ed: There’s No Question That NC’s Tax Code Needs Reform, But How?

    May 11th, 2013

    By Jim Ahler and Rollin Groseclose With seven bills already introduced into the General Assembly this session and numerous organizations calling for tax reform, it’s shaping up to be the year to get new rules on our books. And it couldn’t come soon enough. Our tax code has not fundamentally changed since the 1930s when […]

  • News & Observer Editor: Berger Has a Bold Tax Plan for NC

    May 11th, 2013

    From the Editor By John Drescher – Executive Editor State Senate leader Phil Berger is a serious elected official with ambition and vision. His tax plan released this week is big and bodacious. His proposal will ignite a fierce debate about the size of state government, who and what should be taxed, and at what […]

  • Winston-Salem Journal Editorial: Tax Reform Needed, But Process Will Be Contentious

    May 10th, 2013

    Tax reform season is upon us. With his press conference at the Legislative Building Tuesday, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, started what will likely be the most contentious legislative debate in decades. Tax reform will set Republicans against Republicans and businesses against businesses. Community groups and non-profits will form strange alliances, and North […]

  • The Insider: CPAs Speak

    May 9th, 2013

    Representatives from the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants told reporters Wednesday that the state must modernize its tax code and promoted its website devoted to the issue, www.tarheeltaxreform.com. Officials from the 13,000-member organization said the group wouldn’t get behind any specific tax-reform measure, but instead would try to help educate the public on the […]

  • Greensboro News & Record: CPAs: Wanting Reform, Awaiting Details

    May 8th, 2013

    By Travis Fain North Carolina CPAs are pushing tax reform as a priority, but if you’re looking for their detailed analysis of proposals, we’re just not there yet. Even though Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger stood in front of a crowded press room yesterday to announce the basics of the tax plan he and […]

  • Tar Heel Tax Reform Launch – VIDEO

    May 8th, 2013

    On Wednesday, May 8, NCACPA unveiled the Tar Heel Tax Reform initiative at a press conference at the North Carolina General Assembly. We’ve uploaded the video of the press conference so that you can watch it in its entirety. VIDEO 1: Tar Heel Tax Reform Launch – Press Conference VIDEO 2: Tar Heel Tax Reform […]

  • North Carolina’s CPAs Launch Initiative to Alert Citizens to the Urgent Need for Tax Reform

    May 8th, 2013

    Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), today launched “Tar Heel Tax Reform,” an initiative designed to alert families and businesses about the critical need for our state to modernize its tax code.  NCACPA will use its new website, www.tarheeltaxreform.com, to help explain this complex issue as it is debated in […]

  • News & Observer Editorial:
    A Taxing Chore

    May 3rd, 2013

    North Carolina’s tax system is one only an accountant could love. That’s assuming the accountant was getting paid by the hour to review available tax breaks for corporations or special interest groups. The bottom line on a News & Observer series by veteran staff writers Dan Kane and J. Andrew Curliss, “The Missing Money,” is […]

  • News & Observer: Lights, Camera…And a $69 Million Tax Rebate for Movie Industry

    May 2nd, 2013

    By J. Andrew Curliss Last of three parts State leaders blamed each other in October 2011 after Continental Tire chose South Carolina for a large new factory that will employ 1,600 workers. The biggest hang-up, according to documents and state officials, was $45 million in taxpayer money the tire company said it needed to locate […]

  • News & Observer: On NC State Sales Tax, Some Get a Special Deal

    April 30th, 2013

    By Dan Kane Second of three parts In the thick of the Great Recession four years ago, state lawmakers fought into the evening over a proposed one-penny increase in the state’s sales tax to prevent further cuts to schools, courts and health care services. House Minority Leader Paul “Skip” Stam grabbed the microphone and told […]

  • News & Observer: In NC Budget,
    Where Did the $1 Billion Go?

    April 28th, 2013

    By Dan Kane First of Three Parts During the past four years, as Democrats and Republicans battled over sales and income taxes, higher tuition at state universities and the loss of 4,350 teachers in public schools, a substantial amount of money slipped through the fingers of state leaders. It didn’t disappear in one big sweep. […]

  • Fayetteville Observer Editorial:
    Fix It – Tax Reform In North Carolina Needs To Happen This Year

    April 9th, 2013

    It’s an ambitious goal – too ambitious. Some North Carolina Republican lawmakers say they want to reduce this state’s personal and corporate income-tax rates until they no longer exist. That sounds sweet until you consider the consequences. State government, after all, costs money. We can’t stop running our schools, paving our highways and fixing our […]


Final Analysis of New Tax Reform Law

In July 2013, Governor McCrory signed into law SL 2013-316 (HB 998), legislation that modifies NC’s tax code. What does the new law mean for you, your family, and your business? Find the answers in this nonpartisan, one page analysis.

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Tax Reform Legislation Analysis

Break through the clutter with this one-page nonpartisan, comprehensive overview of all the major tax reform bills that were considered in the 2013 General Assembly. Compare all the bills side-by-side with current law.

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