May 26, 2006
Charlotte, NC – There are more than 44,000 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, 2006. On May 25, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector mailed renewal notices to these businesses, which are due on or before July 1, 2006, 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 $10,000.
NEW THIS YEAR: About 1,300 businesses in the City of Charlotte are affected by a new maximum business license tax. This year, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector begins collecting up to the maximum tax of $10,000 from businesses required to purchase a business privilege license that are based on gross receipts or number of employees. The new maximum tax was set by the Charlotte City Council to go into effect in 2006. The previous maximum of $2,000 was adopted in 1988.
BEER AND WINE: Businesses with beer/wine licenses are reminded that renewals were due May 1, 2006. 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:
• Check the web site
• Call 704-336-6315
• Visit the business Tax Collection Division, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.