Online Business Registration

Income Tax Withholding, Sales and Use Tax, and Machinery and Equipment Tax

What is Business Registration and why should you use it?
The Department's online business registration allows you to electronically register for an account ID number for Income Tax Withholding, Sales and Use Tax, and Machinery and Equipment Tax instead of submitting the Form NC-BR. All taxpayers required to register for any of these taxes can use the online business registration system to obtain their tax number. Using this system allows us to process your application more accurately and efficiently. For most applicants, the account ID number will be issued instantly.
What are the benefits?
  • It is convenient – It is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.
  • It is easy – The online screens are designed to walk you through the application using an interview process.
  • It is free – Sending in a paper application and paying postage is not required.
  • It is fast – Most applicants will receive their account ID number instantly. Others will receive their account ID numbers within ten business days.
  • It is safe – The web site and the taxpayer’s data are secured with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) with at least 128-bit encryption.
  • It is confirmed – You will receive a confirmation from the Department that your application has been received.
Am I required to mail any paper documentation after submitting my application?

Once your application is submitted online, it is not necessary to mail in a paper copy of the application form. We will contact you if additional information is required.

Is there a fee?
There is no fee to use the Department’s online business registration system.
What information do I need to submit my application?
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), and North Carolina Secretary of State Number (SOS), if applicable
  • Your business name, address, phone number
  • Partner or Responsible Person, if applicable (name, title, SSN, address)
  • Details about your business (begin date, type of business, etc.)

See the Business Registration Checklist for detailed information.

How do I submit my application?

You will be prompted through a series of interview screens that will require you to provide information to complete the application. You will be provided a confirmation page that you should print and save for your records that will contain either a tracking or confirmation number.

How will I know the Department has received my application?

Once you submit your completed application, the system will provide you with a confirmation page. If the system is able to complete the registration process, a confirmation number and the issued account ID number will display on the page along with the name of your business. A notice that includes your account ID number will also be mailed to you within five business days.

If the system is unable to complete the registration process at the time of submission, a tracking number will display on the page. Your account ID number will be issued within ten business days and a notice that includes your account ID number will be mailed to you.

You should retain the confirmation or tracking number for your records until you receive your account ID number information by mail. These numbers will be helpful if you contact the Department with questions about your application.

Is my information safe?

Safety measures are in place to protect your information. No one can read your tax information while it is being electronically submitted. The web site and your data are secured with SSL (Secure Socket Layer) with at least 128-bit encryption.

Are there hardware and software requirements?

The following operating systems and browsers are supported for filing and paying online:

Operating Systems:
Windows 98/XP/NT/2000

Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher with at least 128-bit encryption
Firefox 3.0 or higher with at least 128-bit encryption

The web browser must be configured to enable “per session cookies.” In Internet Explorer, this can be set under the “Internet Options” menu option. For additional information on enabling the “per session cookies,” please check the browser’s documents/help. If you receive a message that 128-bit encryption is needed, you will need to download the 128-bit encryption for your browser. The 128-bit encryption is standard in the United States so the problem would normally apply to someone trying to access the application from outside the United States.

Who can I contact for assistance?

For additional assistance, contact the Electronic Services Help Line Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm EST at 1-877-308-9103.

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