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AmSpec contributor David Bass, whose day job is to report for the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal, learned a couple of months ago that the North Carolina Department of Revenue was singling out large families for audits, demanding proof such as Social Security card copies and birth certificates to prove their dependents' existence. The department threatened to withhold income tax refunds if the families failed to provide the documentation.

By on 7.29.09 | 10:45AM

AmSpec contributor David Bass, whose day job is to report for the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal, learned a couple of months ago that the North Carolina Department of Revenue was singling out large families for audits, demanding proof such as Social Security card copies and birth certificates to prove their dependents' existence. The department threatened to withhold income tax refunds if the families failed to provide the documentation.

In his story today, after waiting weeks to obtain public records he requested, David reports that the State of Kentucky has shown an interest in North Carolina's auditing actions. Undoubtedly this will spread as a great idea among state-level lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures and will become standard practice everywhere in a few years.

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