Raleigh, N.C. Jan 14, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) officially opened the 2019 business income tax filing season and began accepting Corporate Income and Franchise, and Partnership tax returns Friday, Jan. 11. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began accepting business income returns Jan. 8. The NCDOR will announce the opening of the 2018 individual income tax filing season in the near future. Taxpayers who filed before Jan. 11 will now begin receiving acknowledgements for electronically filed (eFiled) returns. For calendar year filers, the tax filing deadline this year is Monday, April 15. Visit Directive: When a North Carolina Tax Return is Considered Timely Filed to learn more. The increasingly popular eFile method remains the fastest and safest way to file an accurate return and receive a refund. The NCDOR anticipates that 2019 filers will have an even greater array of software products from which to choose. Payment options including scheduling of automatic bank drafts for taxes due, estimates, and extensions are available with eFile. The NCDOR worked with the IRS as part of the Security Summit initiative to help protect taxpayers from identity theft and refund fraud by improving processing systems. That work to improve safeguards and protect taxpayers has continued into 2019.