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Lighter tax burden in N.C.?

By David Mildenberg - Jun 23, 2014 - 6:00:00 pm

The local tax burden lightened in North Carolina in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to a new report by the John Locke Foundation, the Raleigh group that promotes limited government.

Local tax and fee collections were 3.9% of per capita personal income in 2012, down from 4.2% the previous year. More recent information is not available.

State and local governments collected about 10 cents of every $1 earned by North Carolinians in 2012. State taxes accounted for 6%, with local governments making up the balance, according to the report, which was based on the  State Treasurer’s annual financial information report.

Durham had the heaviest local tax burden, 5.7% of per capita income, among North Carolina’s 10 most populous counties. Here are how they ranked by tax collections as a percentage of income.

Durham 5.66%

Mecklenburg 5.44

Guilford 5.02

New Hanover 4.84

Gaston 4.56

Forsyth 4.56

Buncombe 4.52

Wake 4.44

Union 4.04

Cumberland  3.11 

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