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North Carolina: The Lingering Effects of Hurricane Sandy


Residents and volunteers are still struggling with the monumental task of clean-up after Hurricane Sandy, and state agencies are still uncovering some unexpected, lingering effects of the storm. These are kind of like the mold that is creeping up walls and into furniture in severely flooded areas: turn around and there's another spot you didn't think was there.

North Carolina, a state that fortunately missed the worst of the storm,  nonetheless experienced severe flooding and damaged roads in the Outer Banks area. Yet it is a storm-affected area in Pennsylvania that inspired a recent press release from the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

The North Carolina DOR uses a printer in eastern Pennsylvania to print and distribute "paper coupon booklets used to file sales and use tax returns (E-500) and other smaller tax types … ." That area of eastern Pennsylvania was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, and as a result, the printer "was unable to ship the booklets as early as usual." The press release is to notify taxpayers that some booklets covering October 2012 through September 2013 are delayed.

What and When 
Approximately 56,000 monthly E-500 booklets were shipped last week, and booklets for utility and liquor sales tax returns were mailed by November 7, 2012. Quarterly sales and use tax coupon booklets will not be mailed until the end of the month.

This delay does not impact taxpayers who use the DOR's online filing and payment system. It's another good reason for switching to a cloud-based, transaction-tax solution.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.