North Carolina Beefs Up Charitable Tax Break

Gov. Jim Hunt of North Carolina has signed into law a measure that will provide an increased incentive for many state residents to give to charity.

The new law will allow people who do not itemize deductions on their federal income-tax returns to claim a 7-per-cent state tax credit -- up from 2.75 per cent -- for all donations that exceed 2 per cent of a taxpayer's adjusted gross income.

The expanded credit will take effect starting in 1999 and is