Your Guide to Registering for a Sales Tax Permit in North Carolina
For eCommerce businesses looking to expand their business in North Carolina, you’ve come to the right spot. The guide below provides an overview of what you need to know and do in order to compliantly sell your products in NC. This information was compiled from the state Department of Revenue to save you time and energy. Check out the steps below to get started charging sales tax in North Carolina.
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1) Do I have to pay sales tax in North Carolina?
You have to pay sales tax in North Carolina if you have nexus. What’s this you ask? Having nexus in a state means you have enough of a presence there to be obligated to pay tax on sales from that state. Have questions about whether or not you owe sales tax? Check out this guide!
2) Do I need a sales tax permit in North Carolina?
- If you have an office, employees, contractors, agents, place of distribution, warehouse, or storage in the state of North Carolina you must have a permit.
- FBA sellers: If you have goods in a North Carolina warehouse you have nexus, and therefore you need a permit.
- Services are generally exempt for sales and use tax in North Carolina.
3) How can I make this as painless as possible?
Have the following information ready:
- Ownership Information (Social Security Number, Federal Employer ID Number)
- Business name, address, description, and type
- Business contact information
- Information of partner or person who claims responsibility for the business
- Details of operation (date when sales will begin, estimates of monthly sales tax, and whether selling retail, wholesale, or both)
4) How do I register for this permit?
- Register online and start by pushing the next button at the bottom of the page, from there fill in your information and follow the prompts.
- Snail-mail in a NC-BR form to N.C. Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 25000, Raleigh, NC 27640-0100.
5) How much does the permit cost?
- No payment is necessary for this permit. (Whoot!)
6) When will I receive the permit?
- For online registration, most receive account information instantly, but it can take up to 10 business days.
- For mail registration, it can take up to 4 weeks.
7) When will I need to renew?
- There is no renewal required for North Carolina. However, if the business moves or goes out of business there are corresponding forms at the North Carolina Department of Revenue that should be filled out:
For more information: North Carolina Sales Tax Rules and Regulations.
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