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Would you volunteer to pay more taxes?

Posted May 14, 2013

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Update: The bill has been changed since it was first filed. It now only allows for a voluntary contribution to the state made through the Office of the State Treasurer. The new version eliminates language about allowing for a tax checkoff. 

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So, after tallying up your tax bill for the year, would you be willing to chip in a little more toward your favorite state service? Maybe for ol' alma mater? 

That's the premise behind House Bill 912, which the House Finance Committee approved Tuesday morning.

The measure, which next goes to the House floor, would require that the Department of Revenue include a box on North Carolina's tax returns for those who wish to pay more. Those paying above and beyond could designate the extra money go toward one of the following departments:

  • The Department of Cultural Resources
  • The Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Department of Public Instruction
  • The Department of Public Safety
  • The General Fund of the State of North Carolina
  • The University of North Carolina

The General Fund is the equivalent of North Carolina's checking account, which goes to meet any number of needs, including paying off debt and, oddly enough, issuing tax refunds. The Department of Cultural Resources oversees attractions such as museums.

"This basically gives citizens of the state ... a way to make contributions," said Rep. Bert Jones, R-Rockingham, during the three-minute long committee discussion.

This is not a completely unprecedented idea. There is already a line on the form for donating to the Endangered Wildlife Fund.

Although the debate was short Tuesday morning, lawmakers have run similar bills in the past to make the point that, if people were truly unhappy with cuts to government services, they should chip in to blunt the cuts.

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  • TTDD May 16, 10:33 a.m.

    Is that a trick question?

  • tdebord May 16, 10:01 a.m.

    For those who would donate, why donate it on a tax form? Why not donate directly to the service? Who in their right mind would trust government to do the right thing anyway?

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh May 14, 5:00 p.m.

    YES. I would definitely be interested in paying extra to some of the institutions mentioned in this article.

    Of course, I would first need assurances that no tax money was being allocated for unacceptable uses.

    An example of unacceptable would be using tax money to subsidize enrollment in private schools (which of course is also unconstitutional).

    Another example would be allowing a state legislator to sell a state-owned prison property to his own employer for $1 without penalty.

    Or how about spending tax money to pay lawyers to defend legislative bills that will be ruled unconstitutional by the courts.

    So, yes, I'm being disingenuous - I don't really see myself checking any of those new boxes come tax day.

  • IPayYouPay May 14, 2:07 p.m.

    No. Would those Republicans be willing to take a cut in pay? If they will, I'll pay more taxes. It's as simple as that. Period. IpayYoupay

  • babedan May 14, 1:05 p.m.

    Grand Union should be the first one to line up for this bill. He believes he makes too much to begin with and all those poor people with their hands out should be taken care of. Let him give his money away. Bet he won't.

  • rmsmith May 14, 12:43 p.m.

    Instead, let me show those departments how to cut 10% out of their operating budget. They would not even know it had occured. The State and Fed governments cannot stand to cut operating costs and even a nickle burns a hole in the pocket.

    Spend - Spend - Spend !

  • SFSOLDIER May 14, 12:32 p.m.

    HECK, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!