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McCrory said the changes were necessary to create jobs and attract businesses to North Carolina in a competitive environment. McCrory said the changes were necessary to create jobs and attract businesses to North Carolina in a competitive environment.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Tax day is becoming increasingly political in North Carolina, and conservatives on Tuesday used the day to praise their major tax overhaul while critics said it will burden the middle and lower classes.

At a news conference, Gov. Pat McCrory said, “Today marked the last time North Carolina would use an outdated tax code.”

McCrory said most families and businesses can plan on having more money in their pockets.

“Ultimately, it's about North Carolinians keeping more, keeping more of their hard-earned money, in their paycheck, so they can buy, save and invest more for their families,” McCrory said.

McCrory said the changes were necessary to create jobs and attract businesses to North Carolina in a competitive environment.

The new changes don't affect most state individual tax returns turned in Tuesday.

But for next year, there will be reduced income and corporate income tax rates.

The reform also increases standard deductions.

But critics say the cutting of certain tax credits and tax-free weekends will unfairly burden middle- and low-income families.

Melea Rose-Waters of NC Moms Rising said, "Items that they have been putting off that they need to buy for their families, they can do that with an earned income tax credit."

Democrats also spoke out against the tax overhaul, saying cutting the earned income tax credit and tax-free weekends will put a burden on the middle and lower-income families.

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