The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector recently unveiled a new online payment system for business taxpayers. Until recently, payments for privilege/business licenses, beer and wine licenses, taxi cab licenses, prepared food and beverage taxes, room occupancy taxes, vehicle rental taxes, heavy equipment taxes, and yard sale licenses were only payable by mail or in person.
“Our business tax customers have been asking for this payment and renewal option, which should provide significant benefits for both our customers and the County,” said Neal Dixon, Mecklenburg County tax collector. “We worked extensively with different groups of business tax customers to help develop the online business tax payment system.
“The new payment system is part of a yearlong development effort by the Business Tax Collections Office, which has partnered with Official Payments Corporation to create a site that is safe, secure, and easy to use,” Dixon said.
Unless explicitly provided for in a City of Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County Ordinance, all businesses, trades, and professions conducting a trade, occupation, performing a service, or selling goods or services within the City and/or Mecklenburg County are required to purchase a Privilege / Business License from the Business Tax Collections Office prior to beginning operations, with certain exceptions. This requirement applies to all businesses, whether operated for profit, non-profit, or home-based. Licenses are issued on a fiscal-year basis and with the exception of taxicab drivers and beer/wine licenses, and expire June 30 each year, regardless of the date issued. Licenses must be renewed on or before July 1 of each year. Our customers must obtain their first license directly from the Tax Collector’s Business Tax Collections Office. Renewals of licenses may be completed using this new online application.
Other business taxes that are filed and paid monthly are based on the gross receipts of the business. The Prepared Food and Beverage tax, Room Occupancy tax, and Vehicle Rental tax are due by the 20th day of each month. The Heavy Equipment tax is filed and paid on a quarterly basis, due by the last day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the new online payment application to pay these taxes when due.
There are now three ways to pay business taxes:
• By Internet: Log on to http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *
• By mail: Mail your check to:
Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collection Office
P.O. Box 32728
Charlotte, NC 28232-2728
Make checks payable to the City-County Tax Collector
• In person: Pay at the Business Tax Collection Office at the Harold “Hal” Marshall Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash, money order, checks and credit/debit cards accepted. Makes checks payable to the City-County Tax Collector.
* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. There is no charge for eCheck payments.