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Businesses Must Renew License
Most of the more than 42,000 businesses in Mecklenburg County are required to have a local “privilege license".  Mecklenburg County business licenses are set to expire on June 30, 2004.

May 20, 2004


Charlotte, NC - There are more than 42,000 businesses in Mecklenburg County and most are required to have a local "privilege license," also known as a business license.  All business licenses in Mecklenburg County expire on June 30, 2004.  On May 25, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail renewal notices to these businesses, which need to be returned on or before July 1, 2004, to avoid penalties.

Any business operating in Mecklenburg County may be required to obtain a business license.  That includes businesses that are home based, sole proprietorship, partnerships, limited liability corporations, corporations, full-time or part-time.  Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business.  In most cases, the license tax is based on past gross sales (or estimated sales for new businesses): $0.60 per $1,000 of gross sales, with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $2,000.  

NEW THIS YEAR: If renewing your application, it will reflect a change this year. Businesses that pay the tax based on gross receipts will be categorized into one classification - 105 - to be used for all businesses. Previously, businesses that paid the tax based on gross receipts were categorized into several classifications.

BEER AND WINE: Businesses with beer/wine licenses are reminded that renewals were due May 3, 2004. Any business that operates without a local beer/wine license runs the risk of losing their ABC permit.

The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collection Division immediately.  Staffers are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license to insure that they are compliant with all tax laws and ordinances. For more information:

· Call 704-336-6315.

· Check the Web site

· Visit the Business Tax Collection Division, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.

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Media Contact: Alex Burnett (O) 704-432-0361 (M) 704-579-0288 or or Neal Dixon (O) 704-336-3322 or

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