P. Filing of Returns and Payment of Taxes
- Time and Place for Filing
General business corporation franchise and income tax returns
are due on the 15th day of the third month following the close
of the income year and are filed on a combination return form.
A short period return required as a result of a corporation becoming
a member of a consolidated group for federal purposes may be filed
on the due date of the federal short period return. However, interest
is due beginning seventy-five (75) days following the last day
of the short period.
An income year ending on any day other than the last day of the
month shall be deemed to end on the last day of the calendar month
ending nearest to the last day of a taxpayer's actual income year.
Returns of agricultural cooperatives are due on or before the
15th day of the ninth month following the close of the income
Tax-exempt organizations described in G.S. 105-130.11 (a) (1)
(3)(4) (5) (6) (7) and (8) which are required to file a return
under G.S. 105-130.11(b) shall file a calendar year return on
or before May 15 of the following year and a fiscal year return
on or before the 15th day of the fifth month following the close
of the fiscal year.
Returns should be filed with the North Carolina Department of
Revenue, P.O. Box 25000, Raleigh, North Carolina 27640-0500, or
at one of the Department's local branch offices located in principal
cities throughout the State.
- Extension of Filing Date
Prior to the date set by statute for filing a corporation's franchise
and income tax return, a corporation may apply for an extension
of time for filing its return.
For additional detailed information concerning the requirements
for obtaining an extension of time for filing a corporate franchise
and income tax return, see Subject, "Extension of Time for
- Payment of Taxes
Except as provided herein and in Article 4B, the full amount of
franchise and income taxes is payable as of the filing date. Remittances
should be made payable to the N. C. Department of Revenue.
- Interest and Penalties (Section .2003)
Interest accrues at the rate established pursuant to G.S. 105-241.1
(i) on any tax paid after the date set by statute for filing the
return. The statutory due date for filing a corporation franchise
and income tax return is on or before the fifteenth day of the
third month following the close of the corporation's income year.
A penalty for failure to file of five percent (5%) of the total
taxes due is incurred each month a return is delinquent with the
minimum penalty being five dollars ($5) and the maximum penalty
being twenty-five percent (25%). In addition the corporation is
subject to the failure to pay by due date penalty of ten per cent
(10%). Both penalties are applicable pursuant to G.S. 105-236.
- Income Tax Refunds to Wildlife Fund
A corporation entitled to a refund of income taxes paid may
elect to contribute all or any part of such refund to the Wildlife
Fund for the support of wildlife management and protection programs
administered by the Wildlife Resources Commission.
- Overpayment Credited To Next Year's Tax
A corporation may elect to have all or a part of an overpayment
of income tax and/or franchise tax credited against its estimated
income tax for the succeeding year.