Atkinson: Exempt teachers from income tax

Posted June 17, 2013

— Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson asked lawmakers Monday to increase North Carolina's competitiveness in teacher pay and recruitment by exempting public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes.

"Much has been said about the need for North Carolina to become more competitive with our surrounding states when it comes to corporate income taxes," Atkinson said in a statement. "Those supporting a cut in corporate income taxes say that the reduction will attract more corporations and then we will have more jobs for North Carolinians. I propose another reduction: Exempt all public school teachers from having to pay any personal state income taxes."

North Carolina ranks 46th nationwide in public school teacher pay, with a starting salary of $30,800. Atkinson said it takes a teacher five years to reach more than $31,000 a year in salary.

Although Gov. Pat McCrory called for a 1 percent raise for teachers in his budget proposal, neither the House nor the Senate included it in their spending plans. The two chambers are now working out differences to come up with a compromise budget.

Giving teachers an income tax exemption would give them more take-home pay, making North Carolina salaries more competitive with those offered in neighboring states, Atkinson said.

"Let's keep our competent teachers in North Carolina classrooms. Let's position North Carolina to be a more attractive state for new teachers. Exempt them from paying personal state income taxes," she said.


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  • URADA Jun 19, 2013

    All state employees in general need a raise. Pat McCrory himself said that we need to pay more to recruit the best and brightest.

    He meant his staff, you know the ones that got 30% raises so they could "live". And also Thom Tillis' staff, whopping raises there too. The rest of the state employees can pound sand.

  • killerkestrel Jun 19, 2013

    All state employees in general need a raise. Pat McCrory himself said that we need to pay more to recruit the best and brightest.

  • br549znc Jun 19, 2013

    Ah, no.

  • yankee1 Jun 18, 2013

    For Atkinson to equate corporate tax cuts to teacher income tax is a clear example of why the system fails. Corporate tax cuts makes them competitive world wide and creates jobs. All income tax cuts for teachers does is hand THEM a raise! What a joke!

  • yankee1 Jun 18, 2013

    Go out and compare a teachers salary to a cop's salary and a soldier's salary, then tell me how unfair it is! Democrat talking points don't mean anything tom people with common sense. Make a mistake as a cop or a soldier and you wind up dead, make one as a teacher and you wind up either a principal or an administrator in the system. Get over yourselves!

  • Plenty Coups Jun 18, 2013

    imsosorry-"A teachers salary is nothing new, they knew this before they spent all that money going to school and preparing to become a teacher."

    Too bad your statement is totally wrong. You see, there once was a salary schedule with benefits way back in 2008. Teachers hired before that date went to college, got a degree, did everything right. Now that schedule has been frozen and benefits cut. The little pay that teachers were promised was discontinued by the state due to budget issues. Telling someone who has invested years of their life in a profession that was very time consuming and expensive to attain that they aren't going to get paid what they were promised "because they knew what they were getting into" is not only wrong, its also extremely callous and shortsighted. Sadly, this seems to be some type of new republican talking point. Disrespect our hardworking teachers because of politics.

  • Krimson Jun 18, 2013

    "Wish I could work only 10 months and make 30,000.00"

    Become a teacher. What's stopping you???

  • sunshine1040 Jun 18, 2013

    Sorry but why should teachers pay be exempt from personal income tax. Because their job is more dangerous then a fireman or a policeman . Or because Beverly wants to go back to teaching maybe. Sorry tax is not the answer but children will not learn if their parents do not teach them the word respect and will not help them with homework

  • thewayitis Jun 18, 2013

    OK, this is laughable. LOLOLOLOL.

    A better solution would be to take away earned income tax credit (extra free money for those who already don't pay taxes) and give it to the teachers instead.

  • kikinc Jun 18, 2013

    What people forget is that a teacher's job is not 9-5 for only 10 months of the year. The day of many teachers starts before 8, and can go until 8 or 9 at night. They work weekends. How else are they supposed to get lesson plans finished? Report cards? Grade tests? Parent/teacher conferences? Answer the dozens of emails some of them get a day? I know a couple teachers, and I will take my 12 month a year job any day. Teachers have become glorified babysitters these days because parents have become lazy and they don't want the responsibility at home. Education starts AT HOME. Parents don't want to parent these days. It's not day care's job to potty train your kid. It's not a teacher's job to teach your kid the ABCs. These are simple things that can be done at home. The going rate for babysitting was $5.00/kid when I was doing it (late 90's). Now...23 kids x 8 hrs x $5=$920/day. Something's wrong with that picture.