NC Sales Tax 101

How to File a Sales Tax Return in North Carolina

by Lizzy Greenburg

North Carolina Sales Tax

Why use TaxJar?

If you’ve ever had to file a sales tax return in the state of North Carolina, you know how difficult this process can be. As an eCommerce seller, not only must you calculate how much sales tax you collected in buyers from each county in North Carolina, you just also deal with two disparate tax rates.

What do we mean? Some North Carolina counties add a 2% county tax while some add a 2.25% county tax. Unfortunately, the form North Carolina requires sales tax filers to fill out does not specify which counties charge the 2% and which counties charge the 2.25%. So not only does an eCommerce seller have to calculate how much tax she charged within each county, while filling out the form she also has to figure out what additional tax rate each county levies. Further, a handful of counties in North Carolina levy a 0.5% transit tax. Again, instead of providing this information in any sort of simple way, they leave it up to sellers to determine which counties include that additional 0.5%.

In other words, when filing your sales tax return in North Carolina, you have to figure out how much sales tax you collected in each and every county, as well as the sales tax rates for that county, and then figure out which counties include the 0.5% transit tax on top of that. What a nightmare!

That’s where TaxJar’s North Carolina Report comes in.

TaxJar integrates with the selling platforms you use – Amazon, PayPal, Shopify, Magento, BigCommerce and many more. Then our report breaks down just how much you collected in each of North Carolina‘s  counties. We also tell you exactly how much you collected in all related counties, transit areas, etc– so you don’t have to try and figure out which county each of your customers lives in. This is a substantial savings in time and in headaches!

Filing sales tax reports in North Carolina used to be painful. But TaxJar does the work for you so you don’t have to bother with complicated spreadsheets, tax lookup tables and even street maps!

If you’d rather not spend time filing a North Carolina sales tax return ever again, enroll in TaxJar AutoFile and let us handle it. Never worry about missing a due dates or remember your state login and password again! Learn how TaxJar AutoFile can solve your sales tax headaches.

What you’ll need to get started

In order to file your sales tax return, it’s important to gather a few key documents and pieces of information. 

Every state has specific requirements. Generally, we recommend:

  1. Your TaxJar North Carolina Sales Tax Report
  2. Your North Carolina sales and use tax account number
  3. Your state-assigned filing frequency
  4. Your North Carolina electronic filing login details (ie: username, password, etc)
  5. Your bank account number and routing number that you’d like to use for sales tax payment

Note: In some states, you’ll need additional verification pieces like a Letter ID (ie: Hawaii), an identification number (ie: Kansas) a limited access code (in California), etc.  Be prepared to take a few extra steps to ensure your account is secure. 

Once you’ve gathered the items above, you’re ready to file your return.

Steps to manually filing a sales tax return in North Carolina

  1. Open your TaxJar Report for North CarolinaView Sales Tax Report Button TaxJar
  2. Select the Record Filing button at the top of your reportRecord Filing Button TaxJar
  3. Use the links on the top right to locate the state’s filing website or download a paper form
  4. Copy the information from your TaxJar North Carolina Report into the state’s website. View detailed instructions on using TaxJar Reports to file a return including a note on how to file when Marketplace Facilitator Tax collected
  5. Remit payment directly with the state
  6. Record your filing & payment with TaxJar for organized sales tax records and easy-access at a later date
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State resources to help you file your return

North Carolina knows that filing a sales tax return can be hard, so they provide resources to business owners to help teach you how to file. We’ve done the work for you and compiled a list of helpful links, videos and resources to make filing your first sales tax return easier.

North Carolina state information:

How to file a return in North Carolina:

More resources:

New or first-time filers:

Need more help? 

We get it. Sometimes it just helps to talk to someone. At TaxJar we provide general education, but we’re not CPAs. As much as we’d like to help, we aren’t able to give specific recommendations or advice for your business. However, we’re pleased to connect you with one of our recommended sales tax partners.

We maintain a list of vetted sales tax experts that can help with all things sales tax from registration assistance to general consulting and advice. These partners are familiar with the ins and outs of eCommerce sales tax and are here to help you.

Do you have questions about filing a sales tax return in North Carolina? Start the conversation in the comments.

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