• Petitioned State Sen. Terry Van Duyn

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North Carolina-049
State Sen. Terry Van Duyn
North Carolina-026
State Sen. Philip Berger
North Carolina-098
State Rep. Thom Tillis
North Carolina-053
State Rep. David Lewis
North Carolina-029
State Rep. Larry Hall
North Carolina
Gov. Patrick McCrory
North Carolina-039
State Sen. Bob Rucho

North Carolina Needs Tax Reform Now

    1. Petition by

      North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants

North Carolina’s tax code is outdated. It creates an unpredictable revenue stream, making it harder for our state to budget for basic services and compete for jobs.

The time has come to modernize the North Carolina tax code, and we need your help to bring both parties together to make it happen.  Failure to act now will mean more tax hikes and deeper cuts in basic government services, dragging our economy down further and making it harder to compete for jobs.

Tax reform is so urgent because our tax code is:

•  OUTDATED: Our current tax code was developed during the Roosevelt era, when our economy was dominated by manufacturing. Eighty years later, the makeup of our economy has shifted dramatically to a more services-based economy, but our tax code remains the same.

•  VOLATILE: Every year, our budget becomes more and more dependent on unpredictable sources of revenue, and the ups and downs are killing us. Not knowing what the next economic season will bring has resulted in multiple reactive tax hikes and deep program cuts in basic government services. 

•  UNCOMPETITIVE: Our tax code is making it hard for us to compete with our neighbors. North Carolina has the highest corporate and personal income taxes in the southeast, making our state less attractive to business owners who are looking to locate or expand in North Carolina. 

Leaders and think tanks on both sides of the aisle are calling for tax reform. While we don’t support any particular piece of legislation, there are a few key principles that we believe should guide our tax reform efforts:

•  RELIABILITY: We can’t avoid another recession, but we can put ourselves in a better position to weather the storm. A stable, predictable revenue stream will allow us to face the next recession without fear of tax hikes or government cuts.  

•  TRANSPARENCY: Taxes aren’t going away, but the confusion around them can. As taxpayers, we have the right to know who we’re paying, how much we’re paying and why.   

•  FAIRNESS: Fairness is easier said than done.  However, it should always be the goal. We should all strive for a tax code that is just and equitable.

As a state, we can’t afford to wait on this issue. 

By signing this petition and sharing it with your friends and neighbors, you are telling our lawmakers that you support tax reform in North Carolina.

Thank you for your support. 

Learn more about the Tar Heel Tax Reform initiative.

Recent signatures


    1. Final Analysis of the New Tax Reform Law

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


      For more information, visit http://www.tarheeltaxreform.com/

    2. NC's CPAs Comment on Passage of the Tax Reform Package

      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.

      Read more:

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. NCACPA Releases Tax Reform Analysis Tool

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

      Download the one-pager: http://www.tarheeltaxreform.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Tax-Reform-Legislation-Analysis.Final_.6.6.13.pdf

      Read the press release: http://www.tarheeltaxreform.com/north-carolinas-cpas-release-tax-reform-analysis-tool-comparing-seven-key-bills/

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

      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.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Tar Heel Tax Reform Launch – VIDEO

      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.

      Tar Heel Tax Reform Launch – Press Conference

      Tar Heel Tax Reform Launch - Press Conference

      The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) launched Tar Heel Tax Reform, a nonpartisan initiative designed to educate citizens of North Carolina about the importance of tax reform to our state's economic security. In a press conference at the NC General Assembly on Wednesday, May 8, NCACPA CEO Jim Ahler and Asheville CPA Rollin Groseclose unveiled the initiative.

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 12 months ago

      The NEW tax reform will cut the budget and revenues so badly that we will be in a deep deficit and without a workforce to recover.

    • Elizabeth McCall LENOIR, NC
      • 12 months ago

      I am a CPA working in NC industry and want to keep North Carolina competitive to keep existing and attract new industries/businesses

    • Therese Hayes DURHAM, NC
      • about 1 year ago

      We retired to NC for the lovely weather and slower pace of life. Neither of us thought to look at state taxes. Who knew NC is in the top 5 states for income tax!

      We're frankly thinking of moving for a "friendlier state".

      NC also has one of the highest sales taxes.

      • about 1 year ago


      i sign !!!!!

      • about 1 year ago



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