The state's largest teachers association has a way to fill the budget gap: tax the lawyers.
The association argues that there's no tax on hiring a lawyer to write up a will or other legal document, but the state slaps 8 percent on the purchase of legal software to do it yourself. Lawyers' fees are among the services, many of them geared toward wealthier taxpayers, that go untaxed, the group said in its most recent bulletin.
NCAE is backing efforts by some legislators to include various services under the sales tax. Sen. Dan Clodfelter, a Charlotte Democrat, and others are pushing a tax modernization plan that includes a variety of services. (For example: there's no tax on lawn service but there is if you buy a lawn mower to cut your own grass.)
"Sensible tax restructuring, saves a generation of students from overcrowded classrooms, compromised instruction, and broken promises to our communities," said NCAE Vice President Rodney Ellis.