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2015 Tax Filing Season Officially Underway At Department Of Revenue PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 26 January 2015 06:51

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The North Carolina Department of Revenue has officially begun processing individual income tax returns, marking the official opening of the 2015 filing season.

Under the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act, many changes to the tax code went into effect during the 2014 tax year. In addition to lowering the tax rate and increasing the amount of the standard deduction, the legislation also adjusted the number of itemized deductions available to taxpayers.

Whether using a preparer or submitting a return individually, taxpayers should be mindful of the affect these changes may have on their tax return.

Taxpayers are encouraged to file and pay electronically (eFile). The eFile method can help expedite the state tax refund process and is faster, easier, and more accurate than traditional filing and paying methods. An eFile for Free option is available for those who qualify.

In preparation for the upcoming filing season, NCDOR has extended hours for phone assistance. Taxpayers with questions can contact the department from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday at 1-877-252-3052 to receive guidance from customer service specialists.

 
2015 Legislative Bill Filing Deadlines Announced PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Friday, 23 January 2015 05:52

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - State legislative leaders have given their members deadlines for legislation planned for introduction during the new session.

House filing deadlines:
-- February 25 for bills recommended by study commissions
-- March 18 for bills recommended by state agencies
-- April 1 for local bills
-- April 8 for public bills and resolutions; not appropriations or finance
-- April 15 for public bills; appropriations and finance

Senate filing deadlines:
-- March 11 for local bills and resolutions
--- March 26 for public bills and resolutions

Deadlines to get legislation to bill drafting are earlier and can be found at ncleg.net.

 
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, January 22, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 22 January 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, January 22, 2015, as released by his office.

1p.m.
Economic Development Partnership of NC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
15000 Weston Parkway
Cary

OPEN to credentialed press only.


 6 p.m.
Charlotte Center City's "State of the Center City" Event
Foundation for the Carolinas
220 North Tryon Street
Charlotte

 
Appointments Announced For Multiple State Health-Related Boards PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 06:42

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - New appointments are set to take their seats on health boards in North Carolina. Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointments last week.

North Carolina Medical Board -- regulates the practice of medicine and surgery for the benefit and protection of the people of the state.

Dr. Bryant Murphy (Cumberland County) - Murphy is an associate professor of anesthesiology at UNC-Chapel Hill and the vice chairman of clinical operations for the Department of Anesthesiology for UNC Health Care.

Dr. Pascal Udekwu (Wake County) - Udekwu is a general surgeon who is also board-certified in general surgery, pediatrics and surgical critical care. This is a reappointment.

The Honorable Ralph Walker (Guilford County) - Walker is a retired judge, having served as both a Superior Court judge and on the Court of Appeals.
Dr. Cheryl Walker-McGill (Mecklenburg County) - Walker-McGill is an adjunct professor at the Wingate Graduate School of Business in Charlotte. This is a reappointment.


North Carolina Minority Health Advisory Council -- makes recommendations to the governor and secretary of Health and Human Services that are aimed at improving the health status of the state’s minority populations.

Septina Florimonte (Wake County) - Florimonte is a clinician nurse with more than 10 years clinical nursing experience and is the president-elect of the Unit Practice Council at her hospital.

Adrienne Kennedy-Gayton (Wake County) - Kennedy-Gayton is a nurse analyst for Computer Science Corporation in Raleigh.


North Carolina Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- makes recommendations to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for cost-effective provisions, coordination and improvement of services to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf and blind.

Craig Blevins (Davidson County) - Blevins is president of the North Carolina Association of the Deaf.

Deborah Stroud (Wake County) - Stroud is the executive secretary at BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This is a reappointment.

Timothy Boyd (Wake County) - Boyd is alliances manager for Dimension Data AM Inc.
Meredith Kaplan (Guilford County) - Kaplan previously worked as senior learning center assistant at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Professional Advisory Committee -- advises the Commission for the Blind on matters concerning or pertaining to the procurement and rendering of professional services to the beneficiaries of the commission's aid and services.
 
Dr. Daniel Bernstein (Vance County) - Bernstein is an ophthalmologist in Henderson. This is a reappointment.

Dr. Shree Kurup (Forsyth County) - Kurup is an ophthalmologist in Winston-Salem. This is a reappointment.

Dr. Laurel Gropper (Chatham County) - Gropper has been a primary care optometrist for 29 years. This is a reappointment.

Dr. Eric Fogleman (Moore County) - Fogleman is an optometric physician.  
William Thompson (Davidson County) - Thompson is an associate with Moore Optometric Eye Center. This is a reappointment.

Gina Royall (Durham County) - Royall is a certified contact lens optician. This is a reappointment.

Michael Szczerbiak (Granville County) - Szczerbiak is the opticianry program director and an instructor at Durham Technical Community College. This is a reappointment.

 
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