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Q: I submitted my state income tax return and got an email that it had been accepted in February. To date I have not received my refund. When I called the number it was automated and I could find no one to talk to. I received my federal refund less than two weeks after filing.


Answer: SAM shared your complaint and details of your specific case with the N.C. Department of Revenue.

According to public affairs director Schorr Johnson, the DOR has processed more than four million tax returns this year and has issued refunds for over 98 percent of those who are due a refund.

“A small number of refunds have not been released for returns with issues such as missing information, incorrect information, or those being screened for fraud or identity theft,” Johnson said. “We are continuing to review those returns. While we cannot discuss individual taxpayer information, NCDOR staff is reviewing the information you shared.”

They cannot tell SAM the results of that review, but they should be in touch with you if there is a problem.

Johnson said DOR “is committed to efficient customer service and taxpayers with questions may reach a representative at 877-252-3052.”

Q: What charitable organizations does the Greek Orthodox Church give to from the proceeds from the Greek Festival?


Answer: According to festival spokeswoman Victoria Karagiorgis, 20 percent of proceeds go to Brenner Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Greek youth ministries. Finances are not yet completed for this year’s event, which was held May 17-19 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, so the exact amounts to be donated have not yet been determined. Karagiorgis said they exceeded their goal of 20,000 attendees at this year’s festival.

Q: I was behind a car that had a big decorative frame around the license plate that obscured “First in Flight,” “North Carolina” and the dates on the tag. Isn’t this illegal?


Answer: Yes, that is illegal. According to N.C. General Statute 20-63, anyone who “covers any registration plate with any frame or transparent, clear or color-tinted cover that makes a number or letter included in the vehicle’s registration, the state name on the plate, or a number or month on the registration renewal sticker on the plate illegible commits an infraction and shall be penalized.”

More Bike Donations

Another good option for donating used bicycles is Gift Mart Bike Ministry, which is part of a larger organization called Love Out Loud, a collaboration between 80 churches and 250 nonprofit groups.

“Our signature event is Christmas for the City each year at the Benton Convention Center,” said Chester David, one of the organizers. “We also sponsor an event called Gift Mart in which under-served families shop for toys at a nominal cost. We gave away over 100 bikes in December to families whose children had no bikes.”

They can take gently used bikes and make minor repairs such as tubes, tires, brakes and pedals, he said.

Contact David at 336-918-0488 for more information. And you can find out more about Love Out Loud at

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Write: Ask SAM, 418 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

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