All privilege licenses in Mecklenburg County expire on June 30, 2012. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector mailed roughly 39,000 renewal notices to businesses to remind them to renew their privilege licenses, which are due on or before July 1, 2012 to avoid penalties.
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, and those who have full time and part time operations. 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 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.
BEER AND WINE: Businesses with beer/wine licenses are reminded that renewals were due May 1, 2012. Any business that operates without a local beer/wine license runs the risk of losing its ABC permit and may face enforced collection action.
The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections office immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Collectors are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license. For more information:
- File and Pay your business taxes online at paytax.charmeck.org.
- E-mail inquiries to: TaxBusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
- Dial 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County and 704-336-6315 if calling outside Mecklenburg County for more information.
- Visit the Business Tax Collections office, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.