North Carolina Income Taxes and NC State Tax Forms

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North Carolina State Income Tax Return forms for Tax Year 2018 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018) can be e-Filed in conjunction with an IRS Income Tax Return until October 15, 2019. In January 2020, you can e-File Tax Year 2019. makes it easy for you to e-file your IRS and North Carolina State Tax Return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective State Tax Agencies require you to e-file a Federal Income Tax Return at the same time you e-file a State Tax Return. This is not an policy but an IRS and State Agency policy. Thus, technically you cannot e-File anywhere - not just - a North Carolina Tax Return without also e-filing the associated IRS Tax Return. But there is good news, please read on.

Detailed instructions on how you can only prepare and mail in - not eFile - a North Carolina 2018 Tax Return - here via However, you must download/print and sign the forms and mail them to the Tax Agency.

Prepare only a NC State Return
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Where Is Your North Carolina Tax Refund Money
Step 1: Sign into your account and check acceptance by the Tax Agency.
Step 2: Check your North Carolina Tax Refund Status.
Where is Your IRS Refund?
Step 1: Sign into your account and check acceptance by the IRS.
Step 2: Check your IRS Tax Refund Status.
North Carolina Income Tax Extension
North Carolina Income Tax Amendment
How to correct a rejected Tax Return
If your NC Tax Return was rejected by the NC Tax Agency - not - instructions on how to correct a rejected North Carolina Tax Return.
How to Pay Income Taxes
1. Late Filing Penalty: A late filing penalty is assessed when you don't file by the due date, is 5% of the unpaid tax per month, and cannot exceed 25% of the income tax due.
2. Late Payment Penalty: Assessed at 10% of the tax due when the income tax is not paid by the due date. In case you get an extension and pay 90% or more of your income tax by the original due date, then you don't have to pay a late penalty fee as long as you pay the tax by the extended deadline.
4. IRS Penalties: Calculate and Estimate your potential IRS Income Tax Return Penalties.


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2019 North Carolina Income Tax Filing Deadlines by Tax Year

The majority of deadlines listed here are for Tax Year 2018. Some apply to upcoming Tax Years and some are IRS or Federal deadlines.

April 15, 2019
Tax Year 2018
Income Tax Return
Prepare and e-File an IRS (Due Date April 15, 2019) and North Carolina State Income Tax Return (Due Date April 15, 2019) until October 15, 2019. - eFileIT*
April 15, 2019
2018 Income Tax Extension
October 15, 2019
Tax Year 2018
Income Tax Return after the automatic April 15, 2019 North Carolina Tax Extension
Last day to e-File a 2018 North Carolina State Income Tax Return for Tax Extension Filers and late eFilers. You can only e-File (to file by paper see below) North Carolina Income Tax Return together with an IRS Tax Return. eFileIT*
October 15, 2019 via mail-in Forms.
Forms incl. Mailing Address are listed below.
Tax Year 2018
Income Tax Return after the automatic April 15, 2019 North Carolina Tax Extension
Deadline for taxpayers who got an automatic NC Tax Extension to file their North Carolina Income Tax Return by mail-in Forms - the Forms incl. mailing addresses are listed below - is October 15, 2019. (Optionally, the eFileIT* deadline is Oct. 15, 2019). Instructions on how to only - without the IRS return - prepare and file a North Carolina State Income Tax Return on
Tax Amendment for all Tax Years
IRS Due Dates
IRS Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
2019, 2020, etc.
Other State Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
2019, 2020, etc.
IRS Federal Income Tax Return, Amendment, Extension Deadlines
April 15, 2022
2018 North Carolina Income Tax Return Refund.
IRS Tax Return Refund Claim Deadline
The last day to file - you will not face late filing penalties - and claim your 2018 North Carolina Income Tax Return Refund. This deadline does not apply if you owe 2018 Income Taxes.

E-File These 2018 North Carolina State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

eFileIT Now*
Form D-400
Individual Income Tax Return
Form D-400TC
Income Tax Credits
Form D-422
Underpayment of Estimated Tax By Individuals
Form D-422A
Annualized Income Worksheet
Determines your paycheck NC Tax Withholding amount per employer.
Step 1: Complete and submit to your employer(s).
Step 2: Estimate, Calculate your IRS Tax Withholding now.
Not filed with the State. Submit to Employer only.

* Due to IRS and State Tax Agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a State Income Tax Return while also e-filing a Federal Income Tax Return. This is not an created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. You can however prepare all 44 State Income Tax Returns on if you have already e-Filed or filed your IRS return. Instructions on how you can ONLY prepare and file State Income Tax Return(s). Only on can you prepare, file or e-file unlimited State Tax Returns for one low price and not pay for each State return like you would do on H&R Block® vs. TurboTax®. Dare to Compare Now.

Automatic North Carolina Tax Extension

If you cannot file your state tax return on time, North Carolina requires that you apply for an extension of time to file, whether or not you owe state tax. You do not have to attach the extension form to your NC state return.

You can get an automatic 6-month extension (to October 15, 2019) of time to file your North Carolina tax return by filling out and mailing Form D-410. North Carolina does not accept federal extensions.

If you owe state tax, you must still pay the amount due by April 15, 2019 or you will be charged penalties and interest on the unpaid amount (10% late payment penalty plus interest). Pay as much as you can with your extension request to minimize the penalties and interest. Penalties for not filing are worse than penalties for not paying, so be sure to file a return or an extension by April 15, 2019 even if you cannot pay the full amount at that time.

If you do not file for an extension, you are subject to both the 5% per month late filing penalty and 10% late payment penalty on the remaining tax due.

If you are a U.S. citizen or resident and are out of the country on April 15, 2019, you are granted an automatic 4-month extension of time to file (if you fill in the “Out of the Country” circle on Page 1 of Form D-400) and to pay, but interest will still accrue on any amount you owe after April 15, 2019 (but penalties will not apply until August 15). You can use Form D-410 to get an additional extension of 2 months--but only to file, not to pay. File the form by August 15, 2019 to receive the additional 2-month extension.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

2018 Tax Year North Carolina Tax Forms

North Carolina State Income Tax Forms for Tax Year 2018 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2018) can be e-Filed in conjunction with a IRS Income Tax Return until October 15, 2019. Details on how to only prepare and print a North Carolina 2018 Tax Return.  The NC Tax Forms and Mailing Address are below - click for the IRS Federal Income Tax Forms for Tax Year 2018.

Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Tax Credits
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
Annualized Income Worksheet

2017 Tax Year North Carolina Tax Forms

North Carolina state income tax forms for Tax Year 2017 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2017)  can no longer be prepared and e-filed. Complete the respective Form(s) below, sign, and mail them to the North Carolina Department of Revenue. In addition to filing North Carolina Forms you might also have to file the 2017 IRS Tax Return Forms.

Individual Income Tax Return
Individual Tax Credits
Amended Income Tax Return
Underpayment of Estimated Tax by Individuals
Annualized Income Worksheet

North Carolina Tax Facts, Information

North Carolina Tax Information and Contacts

NC Tax Type
North Carolina Income Tax Code
North Carolina has a state sales tax rate of 4.75%. Counties levy additional local sales taxes, with rates ranging from 2% to 2.5% depending on the city or town in which a purchase is made.
North Carolina Tax Payment Options
North Carolina Tax Fact
  • North Carolina (like several states, in fact) expects purchasers of illegal drugs to pay state taxes on them.
  • North Carolina has an estate tax, but it also grants a tax credit equal to the amount of the tax, thus nullifying it.
North Carolina State Tax Agency Contacts
For Mailing Addresses and other contact information contact the NC Dept. of Revenue


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