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State Tax Filing Deadline Extended To July 15 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:37
The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) announced today that they will extend the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15 for individual, corporate, and franchise taxes to mirror the announced deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service.
“Taxpayers need relief during this difficult time and my administration is bringing it,” Governor Roy Cooper said. “I will work with both Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature to provide additional help.”
 The NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) will extend the deadline for filing North Carolina individual income, corporate income, and franchise taxes to July 15, 2020. NCDOR will not charge penalties for those filing and paying their taxes after April 15, 2020, as long as they file and pay their tax before the updated July 15, 2020 deadline.
However, the department can not offer relief from interest charged to filings after April 15th. Unless state law is changed, tax payments received after April 15 will be charged accruing interest over the period from April 15 until the date of payment. 
These changes do not apply to trust taxes, such as sales and use or withholding taxes.
The NCDOR will issue official notification once the IRS publishes their guidance, which has not happened at this time.
Additionally, taxpayers are encouraged to use online and free services to pay their taxes this year. Most taxpayers can file online for free at:
NCDOR phone numbers: General information: 1-877-252-3052; Individual income tax refund inquiries: 1-877-252-4052
NC Justice Center Calls For Changes To Unemployment Insurance PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:30
The North Carolina Justice Center says the North Carolina's Unemployment Insurance (UI) system is serving too few jobless workers for too short a time and providing too little in financial assistance. 
The organization says workers, advocates, and experts gathered for a press call this morning to urge changes to North Carolina’s UI system in order to meet the challenges facing workers as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Unemployment insurance is one of the most effective stabilizing policies in an economic downturn, as the country is currently experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, House Bill 4's UI reform in 2013 reduced the duration of payments, reduced maximum amount workers could receive, and made it more difficult to apply for the insurance. 
Speakers applauded Governor Cooper's executive order earlier this week to use UI as a primary tool to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. His order, which mirrors efforts being made at the federal level, makes changes to the state system, including eliminating the one-week barrier to apply for unemployment benefits. However, the order was merely a first step, and much more help is needed. 
Michele Evermore, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Employment Law Project, has written extensively on North Carolina's unemployment system, which she says is unprepared for a recession despite having solvency. The new coronavirus outbreak is an opportunity to improve a broken system and mitigate job loss. 
"Unemployment insurance is not just a check to help a worker who's involuntarily out of work but an important macroeconomic stimulus tool," Evermore said. "It's critical to make sure North Carolina can recover from this as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of the states that has cut benefits the most in the past decade." 
The length of maximum benefits was cut from 26 weeks to 12-20 weeks in 2013, and exhaustion rate is high, with people running out of benefits before they find a job. "North Carolina is in a uniquely bad situation," Evermore said. 
Jenni Propst works as a dispatcher for IATSE Local 322 in Charlotte, a labor union that represents stage workers in the entertainment industry. 
"Until last week I was incredibly busy with a job I've loved for over 20 years and now I'm unemployed," Propst said. "Last week was one of the most devastating of my career because I had to tell hundreds of workers that their jobs were canceled. They have no source of income for the next three to four months." 
Starr Markham of IATSE Local 417 in Raleigh, who lost her job with the Durham Performing Arts Center last week, said she applied for unemployment for the first time ever last August, when the industry slowed down. Due to an incorrect box she checked in the complicated application system, which she cannot change, she is being denied support during her unemployment due to the outbreak. 
"There's no way to do this except for online, can't do it on phone or in person. How is a person who only has a mobile phone supposed to apply for these benefits when the libraries are closed?" Markham said. "This is the time for the legislature to remove the draconican cuts they enacted in 2013 and remove barriers in the application to the system." 
Since legislators passed HB 4 in 2013, it can take workers four to five weeks to get an unemployment check, said Jon Greene, a worker with UAW Local 3520. "For the common man like me, that would break me," said Jon Greene with UAW Local 3520. "Without the help of my family I wouldn't have been able to make it." 
The changes made in 2013 put the burden of responding to the crisis of 2008 on the backs of workers, said Patrick Conway, an economist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who implored legislators to ensure this event isn't held against workers in terms of their ability to draw down unemployment in the future. 
"The COVID crisis has created an unemployment problem that's going to strain the work system and the state's workers," Conway said, adding that the state will need the help of the federal government. "We need a change for the long run. Our system is not well-built for the long run." 
Current unemployment payments put recipients below the poverty line, and the overall recipient rate is "abysmally low," Conway said. 
"We need legislators to step up right now and make sure unemployment benefits provide enough so that workers and their families can survive this crisis," said MaryBe McMillan, President of the NC State AFL-CIO, saying that the pandemic was not just a public health crisis but an economic one as well. 
Legislative inaction by North Carolina's legislature caused workers to lose out on federally-funded benefits in 2013, she said, and those same workers stand to lose out on weeks of those same benefits during the COVID-19 crisis without immediate action. 
"It was unconscionable then and it would be unconscionable now for legislators to refuse to act and turn their backs on those who need help the most," McMillan said. 
NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:21
Governor Roy Cooper said NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 


NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. NC 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages. 

“Services like NC 2-1-1 are critical during times of emergency,” said Governor Cooper. “North Carolinians can now call 2-1-1 to get the information they need while we continue working together to prevent the spread of this virus.”


North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.


NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.


NC 2-1-1 cannot provide direct medical services, and COVID-19 can only be diagnosed by a health care professional. If you suspect you or someone you care for may have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus, you should contact your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, you can call your local health department, free and charitable clinics or a Federally Qualified Health Clinic for guidance. 


People should only call 9-1-1 if they are experiencing an emergency. 9-1-1 centers across North Carolina have been receiving general questions and other non-emergency calls related to COVID-19. Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you have an emergency.


For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in North Carolina, go to ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.


Due to anticipated high call volume, those seeking general information about COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to sign up for texts. People who are trying to locate specific services would benefit by calling. To learn more about NC 2-1-1, visit nc211.org.
Gov. Pat McCrory's Public Schedule For Thursday, October 30, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:59

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Following is Gov. Pat McCrory's public schedule for Thursday, October 30, 2014, as released by his office.

8:15 a.m.
N.C. CEO Forum
North Ridge Country Club
6612 Falls of Neuse Road

OPEN to credentialed press only.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 05:04

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