Saturday, May 16, 2009

Large Families audited by NC Dept of Revenue

Several families contacted by CJ claimed fewer than eight dependents on their state return but still received the audit letter. North Carolina has 86,421 family households with six or more persons, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2007 American Community Survey.

Lay declined to offer details on how much cheating his department expected to catch through the audit, or how much the action is costing in manpower and overhead. “I’m not at liberty to say,” he said.

Asked if targeting large families is a new policy or if similar audits have been conducted in past years, Lay said the move is “not a policy.”

“It’s a matter of what we find when we look,” he said. “When we find noncompliance in an area, that’s where we tend to concentrate.”

A spokeswoman for the governor’s office offered no comment other than to say the governor would look into the audits.