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Tax filing day: NC LGBT group to rally

McCrory, tax overhaul opponents to hold press conference

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s largest LGBT advocacy group is holding a rally to protest a new state tax policy regarding same-sex couples.

Equality NC has scheduled a rally for Tuesday afternoon at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh to protest the policy from the state Department of Revenue. The policy says same-sex spouse couples cannot file income tax returns as “married filing jointly” or “married filing separately.”

That’s despite a ruling by the Internal Revenue Service directing that such filing be allowed.

The rally will include speeches by tax experts and LGBT families, as well as other married couples who support their cause. Conservatives are using the April 15 deadline to celebrate tax changes that North Carolina lawmakers argue will keep more money in family wallets and encourage job creation.

Gov. Pat McCrory and key legislators plan to join right-leaning policy groups Tuesday for a tax-filing day news conference in Raleigh. They plan to highlight a new annual report from the American Legislative Exchange Council to promote the tax overhaul law.

The changes approved last year didn’t affect 2013 state individual income tax returns most must turn in before Tuesday night. The law reduced income and corporate income tax rates and increased standard deductions starting in 2014.

Critics to the changes plan their own news conference for Tuesday. They say the changes actually will lead to higher taxes for lower-income taxpayers.

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