Uncollected tax is more than budget shortfall

July 12, 2010 4:24:56 AM PDT
North Carolina's unpaid taxes total more than the $800 million shortfall that legislators had to balance in the state's new $19 billion budget.

The Charlotte Observer reported Monday the delinquencies mark a 67 percent jump from a year ago.

State Revenue Department spokeswoman Beth Stevenson says the agency hopes to recover $220 million by garnishing paychecks. She says officials have reached payment agreements for another $130 million.

Stevenson says about $110 million of the $840 million is simply uncollectable

Tax agency officials say the increase in unpaid taxes is due less to the bad economy than to better ways they have of identifying delinquents.

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