NC Budget and Tax Center

House tax plan does not bode well for the Hurt family

This is the first of a six-part blog series.

What would the House tax plan mean for North Carolina taxpayers? In a series of blog posts, we aim to highlight the experience of sample taxpayers under the House tax plan. In conjunction with a distributional analysis of the tax plan which gives a better picture of the full impact, these fictional but true to life profiles will demonstrate that middle-, fixed- and low-income taxpayers would lose under this plan while the wealthiest will gain.

House tax plan does not bode well for the Hurt family

Dan and Alice Hurt are both proud natives of the Tar Heel state. The married couple has two young kids, ages 3 and 5, and have lived in Western North Carolina their entire lives. Dan works full-time as an hourly-wage employee for a large retailer and Alice works part-time as a server at a cafe in their local town. Together the couple earns around $20,000 in income and depends on every available dollar to help meet household needs and the demands of two growing children.

Under the House tax plan the Hurt household would see the amount of state and local taxes it pays increase compared to what the family would pay under North Carolina’s current tax laws. This increase in the family’s tax load is largely due to expanding the sales tax base to include more goods and services. While the tax rate cuts in the House tax plan appear appealing to the eye, the Hurt family would see its tax load increase not decrease. Consequently, meeting household needs and the demands of two kids would likely become more challenging for the Hurt family.

2 Comments


  1. […] is the third of a six-part blog series. (See Part 1 and Part […]

  2. […] taxpayer should not be extrapolated to the entire population. As we are explaining in a blog series this week, there are many taxpayers who won’t experience a tax cut in the same way as the Fiscal Research […]

Check Also

New budget a roadmap full of potholes and an unclear destination

A new BTC report highlights how the new ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

The controversy over “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument on UNC’s Chapel Hill campus, has been ra [...]

North Carolina tries to mine its swine and deal with a poop problem that keeps piling up A blanket o [...]

This story is part of "Peak Pig," an examination of the hog industry co-published with Env [...]

Few issues in the North Carolina’s contentious policy wars have been more consistently front and cen [...]

Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a jaw-dropping civil rights lawsuit again [...]

Will Burr and Tillis really vote for this? For much of the 20th Century, one of the labels that Amer [...]

President Trump and Congressional Republicans aim to rebrand enormous tax cuts for the wealthiest ho [...]

20—number of years since a bipartisan coalition in Congress passed the Children’s Health Insurance P [...]

Spotlight on Journalism

We invite you to join a special celebration of investigative journalism! The evening will feature Mike Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team known for their coverage of the cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Tickets available NOW!

Spotlight On Journalism

This event will benefit NC Policy Watch, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center. Sponsorship opportunities available now!

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more