NC Tax Reform: Simplicity is the Enemy of Fairness

Two educated, informed liberals in my hearing recently advocated having NC tax all services, even medical services, at a low, say 2.5 percent rate, which would be the new, low sales tax rate for everything, even food and prescription drugs.

That is sacrificing fairness for simplicity.  Utterly.  Wow.  Maybe the Republicans would go for that if the Democrats took the heat on regressivity; Republicans will have the Governor and a supermajority in each legislative house.  But it’s unpopular to tax medicine, and once you start making exceptions, the slope gets slippery fast.


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