The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) announced today that it will extend the April 15 tax filing and payment deadline to May 17, 2021, for individual income tax to mirror the announced deadline change from the Internal Revenue Service.
“In order for taxpayers to have more time to navigate the tax changes during this pandemic, North Carolina will mirror the IRS change as much as possible under current state law,” said Secretary Ronald G. Penny. “The Governor and the legislative leadership have indicated their willingness to work with us to address issues that will need law changes.”
Penny, under his statutory authority, will automatically extend the time for filing North Carolina individual income tax to May 17, 2021. With the move to May 17, the NCDOR will not charge penalties for those filing and paying their taxes after April 15, 2021, as long as they file and pay their tax on or before May 17, 2021.
UPDATED April 28, 2021:
Under the new law passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Roy Cooper, the NCDOR will not charge interest on an underpayment of individual income tax, including partnership tax and estates and trusts tax, from April 15, 2021, through May 17, 2021, on tax returns due to be filed April 15, 2021. While the NCDOR could waive penalties under the automatic extension, interest would have continued to accrue on any balance due and not paid by April 15, 2021, without the change in law.