North Carolina Sales Tax

On this page you will find handy sales and use tax information about North Carolina.

How to use this page:

We’ve pulled in the information from all our Charts for a consolidated view by state.  Here you can see the sales tax rates and if the state has remote seller nexus rules. You can also see any sales tax holidays or amnesty programs that may exist, though these do not apply to all states.

Below the chart you can find any News & Tip item we have published that relates to North Carolina that you can filter by topic. This will help you get informed on current and past legislation that has passed in the state.

State Rate

4.750% The state has reduced rates for sales of certain types of items.

Range of Local Rates

2% – 3%

Local Rates Apply to Use Tax





11/1/2018see state notice





Amnesty Filing Dates

April 23, 2010 - June 30, 2010

Go to North Carolina Amnesty Page

Tax, penalties or interest for periods prior to September 1, 2010.


Business Sales and Use Tax, Business must register to collect and remit sales and use tax for 4 years, beginning September 1, 2010.


Tax, penalties or interest for periods prior to September 1, 2010 waived.

Administration Information
Streamlined Sales Tax Status

Full Member


106 Sales Tax Jurisdictions



Sales Tax Sourcing (Intrastate)


Sales Tax Return Due Date

Monthly filers: 20th of month following reporting period. Quarterly filers: last day of month following quarter.

Exemption Information

Product types of exemptions: prescription medications, some types of groceries, some medical devices, and machinery and chemicals which are used in research and development; mill machinery, machinery parts and manufacturing accessories


Entity types of exemptions: qualifying farmers or conditional farmers; commercial fishermen; loggers; veterinarians; accepted wastewater dispersal system; state agencies; U.S. government


North Carolina Exemption Certificate Forms

History & Fun Facts

  • North Carolina originally imposed sales tax in 1933 to provide emergency revenue for public schools in place of property taxes. The sales and use tax currently used was enacted in 1957.
  • North Carolina enacted legislation in 2001 to conform its laws to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and furthered its commitment to conformity in 2005.

  • North Carolina imposes a white goods disposal tax, applicable to “white goods” such as refrigerators, ranges, water heaters, freezers, unit air conditioners, etc., effective January 1, 2015. A real property contractor must pay a $3.00 white goods disposal tax at the time of purchase of a new white good to a retailer engaged in business in North Carolina or accrue and pay the tax on a new white good purchased outside North Carolina for storage, use, or consumption in the state.

Taxpayer Doesn’t Meet Definition of Marketplace Facilitator in North Carolina

A North Carolina taxpayer who is an affiliate of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) does not meet the definition of a “marketplace facilitator” per a private letter ruling from the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

North Carolina Supreme Court Rules Against Sales and Use Tax Distinction in Wisconsin Taxpayer’s Appeal

The Supreme Court of North Carolina ruled to uphold a sales tax assessment against a Wisconsin based printer, rejecting the taxpayer\’s argument that they could not be subject to sales tax under the U.S. Supreme Court decision McLeod v. J.E. Dilworth Co.

State Notices & Resources for Remote Sellers

Use this state by state guide to find each state\’s initial guidance on how to proceed post-Wayfair, state resources such as FAQs, and any state activity such as going through a legislative process that impacts remote sellers.

Economic Nexus State by State Chart

Key information such as effective dates, thresholds, and includable sales for out-of-state sellers making sales into states that have enacted economic nexus legislation both before and after the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision.

North Carolina Imposes Economic Nexus Threshold

Remote sellers exceeding North Carolina’s economic nexus threshold must register and collect tax by November 1, 2018.

North Carolina Removes Economic Nexus Threshold for Marketplace Nexus Provisions

North Carolina enacted legislation that removes the nexus economic nexus threshold for purposes of the state’s marketplace nexus provisions.

North Carolina Enacts Marketplace Nexus Legislation

Effective February 1, 2020, North Carolina has enacted marketplace nexus legislation.

North Carolina Codifies Economic Nexus Provisions

North Carolina has enacted legislation that codifies economic provisions that the state previously issued in a policy directive.

House Introduces Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018

On September 13, 2018, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and additional U.S. House members introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act of 2018.

Remote Seller Resources

Comprehensive list of resources for remote sellers following the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision – including state notices, videos, articles, training opportunities, and more.

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Decision In South Dakota v. Wayfair

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case, ruling in favor of South Dakota and overturning Quill’s physical presence rule.

South Dakota v. Wayfair Analysis & Predictions: Sales Tax Experts Weigh-In

Sales tax experts lend their insight into and predictions for one of the most important U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding sales tax in decades, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

Record Number of Sellers Participate in 2017 MTC Amnesty Program

The volume of applicants for the 2017 online marketplace seller tax amnesty program overwhelmed the Multistate Tax Commission.

Multistate Tax Commission Announces Tax Amnesty Program for Online Sellers

The MTC organized a tax amnesty program for online sellers, running from August 17 to November 1, 2017. The voluntary disclosure program allowed sellers to start remitting sales tax on future sales without penalty or liability for unpaid, prior accumulated sales tax in 25 participating states.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2017 Introduced

Under the proposed House bill, a state may tax or regulate a person’s activity in interstate commerce only when the person is physically present in the state during the period in which the tax or regulation is imposed.

Congress Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017 and Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2017

Introduced on April 27, 2017, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017, if enacted, would authorize states meeting certain requirements to require remote sellers that do not meet a small seller exception to collect their state and local sales and use taxes.

Online Sales Simplification Act of 2016 Discussion Draft is Introduced

The proposed legislation would implement a “hybrid origin” approach for remote sales. States could impose sales tax on remote sales if the origin state participates in a clearinghouse.

No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016 Introduced

Taking the opposite approach of the Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transactions Parity Act, the proposed bill would limit the ability of states to require remote sellers to collect use tax. However, the bill failed to pass.

House Introduces Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015

U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 on 06/15/15. More…

Senate Introduces Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015

On March 10, 2015, a bipartisan group of senators introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015.

Federal Government Introduces New Remote Seller Bill

The federal Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 was introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate on February 14, 2013. If passed, the bill would authorize states that meet certain requirements to require remote sellers that do not meet…

Amazon Lawsuit Against North Carolina Department of Revenue Settled

A lawsuit filed against the North Carolina Department of Revenue by, LLC has been settled. The lawsuit alleged that an information request issued by the North Carolina Department of Revenue violated the First Amendment as it sought all information…

North Carolina Governor Signs Budget that Includes Amazon Provision

Under the provision, a retailer is presumed to engage in business in North Carolina if the retailer has an agreement with a resident under which the resident refers potential customers, usually with a link, to the retailer.

Online Retailers Targeted by North Carolina Legislation

A bill that would enact a presumption of nexus for certain online retailers and extend the sales and use tax to digital products has been introduced in the North Carolina Senate on March 9, 2009. The legislation is basically identical…