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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new tax in the state budget takes effect next week, and that could mean more and less in your pockets, depending on your job.

The budget includes about $400 million in income tax cuts, but adds new taxes to services you use everyday and they go into effect those Tuesday.

Those new sales taxes will apply to maintenance, installation and repair services. The amount you pay will be an almost five percent state tax on those services.

According to the NC Department of Revenue, these taxes will be imposed on things like car repairs and even smaller tasks like getting your watch fixed.

Justin Fulford with Al Fulford Heating & Cooling said the changes mean a new way of business.

“Before, we were just charging a flat rate fee and the taxes or anything labor and other materials were already incorporated in that cost,” Fulford said. “Now we’re just going to have to notify them and let them know it’s going to be additional costs.”


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  • Christopher Meyers

    There goes the government reaching into our pockets and taking what they want again! It’s money grab after money grab!!! I’ve heard absolutely nothing about this until it was already law. Where’s a good Congressman when you really need him?

  • guest45

    well Mr Fulford, that is understandable, but if the consumer is wise they need to do more shopping and comparing prices and quality of work and decide where the most value is, I don’t think it will make much difference to the consumer, every tom, dick and hairy put a fuel surcharge on their services when fuel was higher, and they are still doing it and nobody is complaining.

    I like most people am not fond of taxes, I wish more retailers would develop enough common sense to add the tax’s into the price of their goods and then back the taxs out for Uncle Sam after the sell, that way when an item says $10.00 and you get to the register the tax is already included in the price, how hard would that be?

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