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Privilige License
Tax Collector's Office Unveils New Online Privilege License Search
The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector’s Office has added a new privilege license “search” feature to its online services website.

Users can search for a business to find out if they have paid their privilege license tax by business name, owner name or business address, and see the status of their tax bills.

The search function also includes a form to request the Business Tax Collections Unit of the Office of the Tax Collector to research if a business has a privilege license. A tax representative will provide an email response of the findings within five business days. Users may also anonymously report a business that may be required to have a privilege license by leaving the contact information blank on the online form.

There are more than 50,000 businesses in Mecklenburg County and most are required to have a local “privilege license,” also known as a business license. Any business operating in Mecklenburg County may be required to obtain a privilege license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, 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 the amount of gross receipts from the preceding tax year. New businesses and/or businesses that have not been in business at least 12 months must provide their projected gross sales for the coming year. The tax rate for businesses that pay based on gross receipts is $0.60 per $1,000, with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $10,000.  The amount of privilege license tax that businesses pay is not provided in the search results because that information is confidential as required by North Carolina law.  The search will indicate if the tax payments are up to date or if there is a balance due.

The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections Unit immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Tax representatives are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license to ensure they are compliant with all tax laws and ordinances. For more information:

• Pay your business taxes online at

• E-mail inquiries to:
Call by dialing 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County, and 704-336-6315 if calling outside Mecklenburg County

• Visit the Business Tax Collections Unit, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.

• Learn more information about starting a business at

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