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Most & Least Taxing States 2012

By Bloomberg BNA - 2012-04-13T16:45:59Z

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North Carolina

Income tax: 7.75%
State sales tax: 4.75%
Property tax per capita: $860
Inheritance tax: None
Estate tax: 0.8% to 16% with a $5.12 million exemption

Individuals with unpaid income taxes from prior years have until April 30 to pay without being subject to the usual fees and penalties under a program launched by the state. North Carolina has also aggressively pursued revenues generated by online vendors making sales to state residents. In 2009, it enacted a law requiring online retailers with in-state affiliates to collect sales tax on residents' purchases. The next year, a federal court barred the state's tax department from requiring Amazon to disclose customer information so the agency could collect tax on residents' purchases.