X. S Corporations (G.S. 105-131)

  1. Corporations Required to File
    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.

  2. Forms to be Used for Filing
    All S corporations doing business in North Carolina use Form CD-401S to report activities.

  3. 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 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.

  4. Extensions
    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.

  5. Election
    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 purposes.

  6. 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 tax 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.

  7. 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 tax section of this publication and in the Corporation Franchise and Income Tax Instructions, CD-415, used by all other corporations.

  8. 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.

  9. 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-401S, 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 S corporation.

  10. 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.