North Carolina Collects $440 Million Surplus, Credits Growing Economy

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina collected $440.2 million more in revenue than forecast at the end of the 2017-18 Fiscal Year as “a steadily growing economy produced yet another fiscal surplus,” according to a new report from the state’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division. 

The state collected $176.1 million more in individual income tax than it forecast and $63.2 million more in franchise taxes than expected by June 30, 2018, the end of FY 2017-18.

Insurance gross premiums taxes increased 15%, or $74 million, over the previous year.  Revenue from non-tax sources was nearly 10% over the state’s target.

“Tax relief for families and businesses, combined with smart state budgets that make education a top priority, are a winning combination for North Carolina’s economic growth,” said state House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland).

The state’s revenue forecast for FY 2018-19 was also revised upwards by $276.5 million, according to the report.

“Most of the increase in the revenue forecast was from the Individual Income tax, and more specifically from the increase in non-wage income such as business and investment income,” the report from the state’s nonpartisan Fiscal Research Division said.

Tax Relief and Reform 

The North Carolina General Assembly’s Republican leaders enacted historic tax relief this decade to save state taxpayers billions of dollars, encourage economic growth and spur job creation.

Since 2011 the General Assembly has levied a lower sales tax rate, personal income tax rate and corporate tax rate on North Carolina families and businesses, while tripling the zero-tax bracket for low-income families.

Economic Accolades for North Carolina

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North Carolina wins 2018 Prosperity Cup

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Washington Times Letter: North Carolina worker-friendly

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North Carolina adds 85,000 jobs over year

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North Carolina ‘Best State for Business’ in Forbes’ 2017 rankings

Education accomplishments take center stage in Shelby Star

Study: North Carolina is best state for starting a business

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North Carolina top 5 for wage growth, says U.S. Census Bureau

North Carolina schools set new record for graduation success

North Carolina one of 12 states with unanimous ‘AAA’ bond rating

North Carolina receives four top-tier economic rankings in July 2017

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February unemployment rates decrease in all 100 North Carolina counties

North Carolina excels in ‘Fiscal Survey of States’

North Carolina ranks #1 for IT employment growth in tech industry report


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