Beginning on October 1, 2009, the state of North Carolina began levying a 4.75% state sales tax on the retail sale, lease or rental of most goods and some services. All local jurisdictions impose additional sales taxes up to an additional 2.75%. The total sales tax rates within the state of North Carolina can be as high as 7.5%.
Use tax is also collected on the consumption, use or storage of goods in North Carolina if sales tax was not paid on the purchase of the goods. The use tax rate is the same as the sales tax rate. Returns are to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchases were made. For example, purchases made in the month of January should be reported to the state of North Carolina on or before the 20th day of February.