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Who Should Register for Sales and Use Tax?

Every business, person, or facilitator engaged in business in North Carolina of one or more of the following must register online or by mail with the Department to obtain a Certificate of Registration:

Every business that buys taxable tangible personal property, services, digital property, or other items from out-of-state vendors for storage, use, or consumption in this State is required to file and remit the use tax due. A business must register to file and remit use tax unless:

  1. The business is already registered to file and pay sales tax and is therefore already registered to remit use tax, or
  2. The business has paid its vendors all North Carolina sales and use taxes due on its purchases.

(NEW) All remote sellers having gross sales in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) sourced to North Carolina or two hundred (200) or more separate transactions sourced to North Carolina in the previous or current calendar year (collectively "Threshold") must register to collect and remit sales and use tax to North Carolina effective November 1, 2018 or 60 days after a remote seller meets the Threshold, whichever is later.  Remote sellers may voluntarily begin collecting and remitting sales and use tax any time prior to November 1, 2018.  Review our Remote Sales web page for guidance and resources for persons required to collect state sales tax on remote sales.

A wholesale merchant must register with the Department and obtain a Certificate of Registration before engaging in business in this State. A wholesale merchant that does not make taxable retail sales or purchases can select "wholesale only" when registering and the person will not be required to file sales and use tax returns.

Are individuals who don't operate a business required to register and file for sales and use tax if they make purchases without paying sales tax?

Individuals are required to report and remit the use tax due on their North Carolina Individual Income Tax Return, Consumer Use Tax Return, or Boat and Aircraft Use Tax Return. Refer to our use tax web page for details.

See the Sales and Use Tax Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.