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North Carolina Income Taxes and NC State Tax Forms

Your North Carolina State Individual Tax Return for Tax Year 2020 (January 1 - Dec. 31, 2020) can be prepared and e-Filed now along with a Federal or IRS Individual Tax Return (or you can learn how to complete and file only a NC state return). The latest deadline for e-filing NC State Tax Returns is April 15, 2021 May 17, 2021.

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If you file a tax extension you can e-File your Taxes until October 15, 2021 without a late filing penalty. However, if you owe Taxes and don't pay on time, you might face late tax payment penalties. Tip: File on time, even you can't pay on time, as the late filing penalties are higher than the late payment penalties.

eFile.com 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 eFile.com policy but an IRS and State Agency policy. Thus, technically you cannot e-File anywhere - not just eFile.com - 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 2020 Tax Return - here via eFile.com. However, you must download/print and sign the forms and mail them to the Tax Agency.

Where Is Your North Carolina Tax Refund Money
Step 1: Sign into your eFile.com 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 eFile.com 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 eFile.com - instructions on how to correct a rejected North Carolina Tax Return.
How to Pay Income Taxes
Step 1: Options on how to best pay your NC Income Taxes
Step 2: IRS Payment Options
North Carolina, IRS Late Filing, Tax Payment Penalties
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.
NC Tax Return Mailing Addresses
Find various North Carolina Mailing Addresses for tax returns, tax amendments, and tax payments. 
North Carolina Income Tax Brackets
North Carolina Income Tax Forms
North Carolina Unemployment Benefits
North Carolina taxes unemployment income.


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2021 North Carolina Income Tax Filing Deadlines by Tax Year

The majority of deadlines listed here are for Tax Year 2020. Some apply to upcoming Tax Years and some are IRS or Federal deadlines.

May 17, 2021
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return 
Prepare and e-File an IRS (Due Date May 17, 2021) and North Carolina State Income Tax Return (Due Date May 17, 2021) until October 15, 2021. - eFileIT*
May 17, 2021
2020 Income Tax Extension
October 15, 2021
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return after the May 17, 2021 North Carolina Tax Extension
Last day to e-File a 2020 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, 2021 via mail-in Forms.
Forms incl. Mailing Address are listed below.
Tax Year 2020
Income Tax Return after the May 17, 2021 North Carolina Tax Extension
Deadline for taxpayers who got an 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, 2021. (Optionally, the eFileIT* deadline is Oct. 15, 2021). Instructions on how to only - without the IRS return - prepare and file a North Carolina State Income Tax Return on eFile.com.
Tax Amendment for all Tax Years
IRS Due Dates
IRS Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
2021, 2022, etc.
Other State Tax Return, Extension, Amendment Deadlines
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
2021, 2022, etc.
IRS Federal Income Tax Return, Amendment, Extension Deadlines
May 17, 2024
2020 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 2020 North Carolina Income Tax Return Refund. This deadline does not apply if you owe 2020 Income Taxes.

E-File These 2020 North Carolina State Tax Forms

Prepare and e-File these state forms for 2020 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on eFile.com, 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.

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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 eFile.com 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 eFile.com 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 eFile.com 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.

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. If you already filed a federal tax extension, you can get a 6-month extension (to October 15, 2021) of time to file your North Carolina tax return. Otherwise, fill out and submit Form D-410 via the North Carolina Department of Revenue website.

If you owe state tax, you must still pay the amount due by May 17, 2021 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 May 17, 2021 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 May 17, 2021, you are granted an extension of time to file your 2020 return and pay 2020 taxes owed by May 17, 2021, but penalties and interest will still accrue on any amount you owe after May 17, 2021.

Usually, you will need to fill in the “Out of the Country” circle on Page 1 of Form D-400 if the deadline is April 15 and you need a 2-month extension to file. Be aware that interest will be due on any unpaid taxes from the original due date of the return until you pay the tax, but payment 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, 2021 to receive the additional 2-month extension.

The extended IRS/North Carolina eFile deadline is Oct. 15, 2021 - eFileIT* now. If you plan to file or mail-in a North Carolina tax return on paper - the Forms and Mailing Address are below - your due date is Oct. 15, 2021. After Oct. 15, 2021, you can complete and sign 2020 North Carolina Tax Forms online here on eFile, before you download, print and mail them to the state tax agency. The address is on the form. 

North Carolina State Tax Payment Options
You can select one of these payment options either after you have e-filed or filed your 2020 North Carolina Tax Return. Alternatively, you can pay North Carolina income taxes here prior to filing (e.g in the case of an extension). Plus, you can make online North Carolina tax estimate payments for next tax year. If you eFiled your taxes and pay online, you do not have to send in North Carolina paper forms (e.g. payer tax return, extension form, or tax estimate form). 
Create an account with North Carolina Tax Online Services to submit your payment. Make sure you have a copy of your most recently filed and accepted North Carolina Tax Return when you create your account.
This is a free option if you want to pay your taxes owed via your bank account.
Submit a tax payment through the state tax agency's site. When you're on the site, select the "Credit/Debit Card" option, then follow the on-screen prompts to enter and submit your information.
Use this payment option if you want to pay your tax payment via your credit or debit card. There is an convenience fee of $2.00 for every $100 increment added to each payment you submit with your card.
Check or Money Order with Form D-400V
Complete voucher Form D-400V and write check or money order payable to "NC Department of Revenue".  Write Tax Year, Form D-400, daytime phone number, and SSN on your check or money order. Mail them to the Form D-400V address below.
Use this payment option if you wish to submit your payment via check or money order in the mail. 
Tax Extension: Form D-410
Complete Form D-410 and submit a tax payment online with the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
Use this payment option if you wish to submit an online NC tax extension payment via bank draft or credit card/debit card. 
Estimated Tax Payment Options
Choose one of these options: 1) Enter your information with North Carolina Tax Online Services to submit your estimated payment.  Payments can be made by calendar year or fiscal year. 2) Pay via Bank Draft by sending tax payments from your bank account to North Carolina Department of Revenue. Contact your bank to make sure your account can be used for automatic drafts. Your bank will inform you about the ACH services it offers and any related costs. 3) Pay via credit or debit card (choose the "Credit/Debit Card" instead of "Bank Draft" payment option). Be aware that a service fee is added to each payment you submit with your card. 4) Complete Form NC-40. Attach a check or money order for the tax period payable to "NC Department of Revenue".  Mail the voucher and check/money order to the Form NC-40 address here.
Use one of these payment options if you want to submit estimated taxes rather than submit all your taxes owed at once. 
Many of these online IRS tax payment options can be used before or after you e-Filed your Income Taxes. You can pay tax extension and tax estimate payments. For estimate payments, you do not have to submit a form. Extension you can eFile on eFile.com for free.
These payment options are independent from you preparing and eFiling your tax returns on eFile.com. eFile.com offers these payment options for the convenience of all tax payers.


North Carolina Tax Return, Amendment, etc. Mailing Addresses
Addresses to mail North Carolina Tax Returns, Amendments, Extensions, or Tax Payments.
NC Tax Return or Amended Tax Return: Address if you expect a Tax Refund on your Tax Return
North Carolina Department of Revenue
P.O. Box R
Raleigh, NC 27634-0001
NC Tax Return or Amended Return: Address if you owe Taxes and include payment.
North Carolina Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 25000
Raleigh, NC 27640-0640
NC Application for Extension for Filing Individual Income Tax Return: Address if you owe Taxes and include payment.  File Form D-410 if you were not granted a tax extension or if you expect to owe taxes.  Tip: Make Tax Payments online and you will not have to mail in Form D-410.  See above.
North Carolina Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 25000
Raleigh, NC  27640-0635
NC Individual Income Payment Voucher: Form D-400V
North Carolina Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 25000
Raleigh, NC 27640-0640
NC Individual Estimated Income Tax: NC-40.
North Carolina Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 25000
Raleigh, NC 27640-0630


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