Starting a New Business in North Carolina

You as the business owner collect trust taxes and hold them "in trust" before you file and pay them to the state. In this video you will learn why staying up to date on your trust taxes, which include sales and withholding, is so important for your business.

The Department’s online business registration allows you to electronically register for an account ID number for Income Tax Withholding, Sales and Use Tax, and Machinery, Equipment, and Manufacturing Fuel Tax instead of submitting the Form NC-BR.

The Business Link North Carolina with the Department of Commerce maintains information about all the State licenses, permits, regulations, and/or other approvals required for businesses.

The New Business Packet includes information about services provided by the N.C. Department of Labor and information about workplace safety, wage and hour issues, and the required North Carolina Workplace Laws poster.

Businesses with three or more employees are required to carry workman's compensation insurance. Learn more about this requirement from the North Carolina Industrial Commission website.

The Unclaimed Property Program, administered by the Department of State Treasurer, assists all business entities in the reporting of unclaimed property in accordance with NCGS 116B.

The types of information needed and licensing and tax requirements vary based on the individual characteristics of each business. This list contains the names and telephone numbers of the most frequently contacted state, federal, and local governmental agencies to establish a new business.