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NC budget woes may cut subsidy for working poor

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Tough budget times may end a state tax subsidy program that put more than $50 million into the pockets of the working poor in North Carolina last year.

Legislation filed in the House would stop sending subsidy checks to families who qualify for the state's Earned Income Tax Credit beyond what they owe in state taxes.

More than 420,000 North Carolina families got refunds last year for amounts above their tax liability.

Republican Rep. Harold Brubaker of Randolph County says limiting the credit to taxes owed would save the state millions as lawmakers look everywhere to cut a budget shortfall.

Alexandra Sirota of the North Carolina Justice Center said Wednesday the money offsets the fact sales taxes take a bigger share of income from working families.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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