Don’t die in N.C. (at least not yet)

In an article titled, “Where Not To Die in 2013,” Forbes magazine lists the 21 states with either inheritance taxes, death taxes, or both. North Carolina’s one of them.

This interactive map lets you see where the rates are highest and the exemptions lowest. From an initial glance, N.C. looks like it’s in the middle of the pack, but other states are eliminating or scaling back death taxes. If the General Assembly does not embrace tax reform along the lines of the John Locke Foundation’s Unlimited Savings Account plan, the Tar Heel State will become a less-attractive place to retire.

Written by

Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson became editor-in-chief of Carolina Journal in August 2016 after being managing editor of Carolina Journal since April 2009. Before that, he had worked more than a decade for newspapers in Denver, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev., and Southern California as an editorial writer and editor, columnist, and business reporter. Prior to that, he was at Reason magazine for nine years, splitting time between Southern California as a reporter and managing editor and Washington, D.C., where from 1992-96 he was Reason's first full-time Washington editor. He graduated in 1979 from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in political science. Rick lives in Raleigh with his wife and their menagerie of pets.

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