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Privilege License Tax

Privilege LicenseOn May 29, 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, a law that impacted privilege licenses taxes in North Carolina. Due to the timing of this debate and the resulting law change, the Office of the Tax Collector did not mail privilege licenses renewal applications in May as it has in the past because the changes to the law were anticipated.
The Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners both modified their respective privilege license ordinances establishing the due and delinquent dates. Privilege License renewal applications and taxes are now due on or before July 31, 2014. Any Privilege License tax payments received on or after August 1, 2014 are delinquent. The prior due date of July 1 and delinquent date of July 2 are no longer in effect.
The new privilege license legislation mandates that only businesses physically located within a city or county are subject to the tax for the 2014-2015 tax year. Businesses not located within the City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County will not receive renewal applications. The legislation also repealed the authority of a city and county to levy future privilege license taxes beginning with the 2015-2016 tax year. As a result, this is the last year the privilege license tax will be levied, however, the Tax Collector remains empowered to collect delinquent taxes and audit prior year taxes beyond the next year.
All business addresses must be approved by the Mecklenburg County Zoning Department and some licenses must be approved by other departments, such as Environmental Health, Building Standards, Police or Fire. We've included our New Business Contact list within this site to assist new business owners with other approvals or licenses that may be required.
A City license may be required in addition to any County or State licenses already held. A business owner, partner, corporate officer or any other designated assignee may apply for a license in person at 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte between the hours of  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  A 2014-2015 Privilege License Application may be obtained through this site, by phone at 704-336-7600, or by mail at the address below.
Business Tax Collections
P.O. Box 32728
Charlotte, NC  28232-2728
Any changes in the business name or address must be reported to the Business Tax Collections Office within ten (10) days of the change.
A business owner, partner, corporate officer or any other designated assignee must first surrender the current license to receive a new license.  The fee for a new license is five dollars ($5.00). Licenses are non-transferable.

PLEASE NOTE - Closing, Transferring or Selling Business: The Business Tax Collections unit must be notified forty-eight (48) hours in advance of a change in address, or ownership, or if business operations cease.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact CharMeck 311 by dialing 311 from within Mecklenburg County 
or 704-336-7600 from outside of Mecklenburg County or email us at .   

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