Y. S Corporations (G.S. 105-131)
- Corporations Required to File
Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1,1989
every corporation required to file a franchise and income tax
return in North Carolina, which has a valid "S election"
in effect under the Internal Revenue Code Section 1362, must file
a North Carolina S corporation return. The filing status is mandatory.
- Forms to be Used for Filing
Form CD-401S is used for all S corporations doing business in North Carolina
to report its activities.
- Return and Payment Due
The due date of the S return is the 15th day of the third month following
the close of the income year. The liability for franchise tax is payable with
the return to the Department of Revenue at the time the return is due and
filed. Any income tax payment made on behalf of nonresident shareholders included
in a composite return is also due at the time the return is due and filed.
An extension of time to file the S corporation's franchise and
income tax return will be granted for seven (7) months provided
the application is timely filed and the corporation's records
reflect no delinquent returns or outstanding tax liability.
There is no separate election to be made for a corporation which is or wishes
to be an S corporation for North Carolina purposes. The federal election authorizing
S corporation status is recognized for state purposes. There is no provision
to elect a different filing status for State purposes; each S corporation
must file as an S corporation for State income tax purposes. The S corporation
status will terminate for North Carolina purposes at the same time and for
the same taxable period(s) such termination is effective for federal filing
- Nonresident Shareholder Agreement (Form NC-NA)
A S corporation with nonresident shareholders is required to submit with the
first North Carolina S return an agreement for each nonresident shareholder.
The agreement, Form NC-NA, is to be signed by the shareholder who agrees to
be subject to the income laws of this State and to be liable for the tax on
the pro rata share of S corporation income attributable to such individual
in this State. The individual is liable at the individual rate(s) on the portion
of North Carolina income attributed to those nonresident shareholders who
have filed Form NC-NA.
Note: If the S corporation fails to timely file the shareholder agreement(s)
for nonresidents, the corporation becomes liable for income tax at the individual
single rate on the portion of the North Carolina income attributed to those
shareholders not complying with this requirement.
- Franchise Tax (G.S. 105-122) Schedules A, C, D and E of CD-401S
S corporations determine their franchise tax liability in the
same manner as all other general business corporations. Franchise
tax schedules A, C, D and E pertain to the corporation franchise
tax base and the amount of tax liability. There is no difference
between an S corporation and a C corporation with respect to the
franchise tax requirement, liability, etc. Although some of the
"net worth" accounts are different due to the labels
placed on certain accounts, the fundamental concept of determining
the taxable values from the corporation's assets less definite
legal liabilities will prevail for all corporations subject to
the "general business" franchise tax.
Additional information concerning the computation of the franchise
tax schedules can be found under the subject, "General Business
Corporations," of the franchise section of this publication
and in the Corporation Franchise and Income Tax Instructions,
CD415, used by all other corporations.
- Corporate Income of S Corporations Taxed to Shareholders (G.S. 105-131)
The S corporation's income and expenses are divided among and
passed through to its shareholders, who then must report the income
and expenses on their State individual return.
- Composite Return for Nonresident Shareholders
If the S corporation has shareholders who are nonresidents of North Carolina,
the corporation may file a composite return which reflects the state taxable
income of each nonresident and the amount of tax due. The composite return
is available for nonresident shareholders only. A remittance of the total
tax due on behalf of nonresident shareholders is made with the return, CD
401 S, when filed.
A nonresident shareholder is not required to file a North Carolina individual
income tax return if the only income in North Carolina is reported by the
- Computation of Net Income on Composite Returns
The computation of net income on a composite return is basically the same
as for C corporations; i.e., all income subject to tax and all allowable deductions
permitted under the Code and under the corporate income tax law of this State
will be considered.