Meals tax collections up for March
The Town of Rocky Mount collected $96,859 in meals taxes last month, according to Finance Director Linda Woody.
That total is up from the $90,391 collected in March 2014.
So far in 2015, the town has collected $322,470 in meals taxes.
During 2014, the town collected $1,265,995, up from $1,226,515 in 2013. The largest collection total last year was in November with $118,725, the highest amount ever recorded.
The meals tax continues to be the largest revenue producer for the town.
Sales tax collections for the town totaled $11,180 last month, down from the $13,976 collected in March 2014.
Sheriff’s office warns residents of tax return scams
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office wants to make residents aware of scams involving IRS tax returns.
The sheriff's office has received numerous reports that when individuals attempted to file their tax returns, they were informed by the IRS that a tax return utilizing their social security number had already been filed, according to Capt. Mark Torbert.
"This type of identity theft has become a national problem," Torbert said. "Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security number to file a tax return to claim a fraudulent refund."
A taxpayer's Social Security number can be stolen through a data breach, a computer hack or a lost wallet.