North Carolina Annual Report / Renewal of Certificate of Registration

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North Carolina Annual Report Information

Businesses and nonprofits are required to file annual reports to stay in good standing with the secretary of state. Annual reports are required in most states. Due dates and fees vary by state and type of entity.

State agencies do not provide consistent reminders when annual reports are due. As a result, you may be tracking your company’s annual report due dates on your own. Perhaps you received a letter from the state telling you an annual report is coming due, or worse, overdue.

This page provides information about how to file a North Carolina annual report. Our handy reference table will provide you with the North Carolina annual report due dates and filing fees for each entity type. We also offer Managed Annual Report Service to offload your annual reports entirely. We track your due dates and file on time, every time.

Hi, I’m John Beck, with Harbor Compliance, and today I’m talking about annual reports. Annual reports are required filings to maintain a business entity's good standing with the secretary of state. With a few exceptions, annual reports are not complex. They generally contain basic information about a company such as its principal address, registered agent, and officers and directors. Some states have more complex filings though. When annual reports are paired with another filing, such as a business license in Nevada, or a tax return in Maryland or Texas it becomes more complex. The real challenge with annual reports lies in determining the due dates and remembering to file each year. Sounds simple enough, but since every state has different requirements and filing deadlines, organizations that have multiple entities registered in various states all too commonly miss a filing and subsequently lose good standing. While some states send a postcard by mail as a reminder, solely relying on these reminders is not advised. Keeping track of due dates that are staggered throughout the year increases the chances of a missed filing, and subsequent loss of good standing. And if you are looking to take all of the tracking and filing off your plate, and get peace of mind that you never miss a filing, look no further than our Managed Annual Report Service. Our advanced software determines your due dates and our experts complete your filings each year to keep your business compliant. Click the download link for a copy of our guide, or click the service link to speak to someone. As always, feel free to reach out anytime should we be of help. Thanks for watching.

What Is an Annual Report?

Annual reports are required business filings, typically made with the secretary of state. In most states, companies submit any changes to their address, ownership and officers, and registered agent. Some states require additional information about revenue, assets, stock, and paid-in capital.

Tracking due dates in multiple states and filing on time is often challenging. A company that registers in multiple states will have due dates at different times throughout the year. In some states, they may be required to file every two years (biennially).

Companies spend countless resources managing annual reports on their own. Tracking deadlines, gathering information, navigating forms and online filing portals, and submitting reports on time requires constant attention throughout the year. The complexity only increases for companies with multiple entities or that register in multiple states. Furthermore, most companies rely on spreadsheets, calendar reminders, and file folders to manage their annual reports.

With Harbor Compliance’s Managed Annual Report Service, we provide cloud-based software to view entity data, store corporate records, and ensure business continuity in a virtual world.

Why Is a North Carolina Annual Report Required?

Annual reports are required by statute in nearly every state. They provide state agencies with updated information on the entities registered in their state. Your company is required to file annual reports to maintain good standing and continue operating.

Failure to file annual reports on time can result in late fees. Most states enforce additional penalties on lapsed entities. These include the loss of naming rights, loss of access to the courts, and administrative dissolution. Many banks, licensing agencies, and even prospective clients require evidence that a business is in good standing. By filing annual reports each year on time, companies avoid the costly and potentially embarrassing consequences of noncompliance.

How Do I File a North Carolina Annual Report?

There are two ways to file a North Carolina annual report.

  • If you plan to file your North Carolina Annual Report / Renewal of Certificate of Registration on your own, view the table below for the available filing methods for your type of legal entity. We also provide links to forms and agency filing portals.
  • Sign up for Managed Annual Report Service. Simply provide your information one time and update it with us when it changes. Our software tracks your due dates and automatically files your annual reports throughout the year.

Where Do I File a North Carolina Annual Report?

North Carolina Annual Report / Renewal of Certificate of Registrations are filed with the Annual Report / Renewal of Certificate of Registration. In most states, you will need to look up your business entity in public records. Be sure to find the corporations filing authority in your state and conduct a North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division business search.

When Is a North Carolina Annual Report Due?

Annual report due dates depends on the type of entity you have and whether your business is domestic or foreign to North Carolina. In many cases, the annual report deadline is based on the date you form or register with the state. View the table below to find the due dates for your state.

Harbor Compliance’s software directly integrates with secretary of state databases. With our Managed Annual Report Service, we use your entity data to track your annual report due dates accurately and file on time, every time.

What Is the North Carolina Annual Report Filing Fee?

Annual report filing fees depend on the type of entity you have and whether your business is domestic or foreign to North Carolina. View the table below to find the filing fees for your state.

With our Managed Annual Report Service, you no longer have to calculate your fee or remit payment to multiple agencies. Our software calculates your exact filing fee. We simply invoice your filing fee 90 days before your report due date directly within your Client Portal.

Who Can File a North Carolina Annual Report?

Anyone with authority to prepare and submit business filings can file a North Carolina Annual Report / Renewal of Certificate of Registration. However, ensuring compliance across entities and jurisdictions creates complexity.

Harbor Compliance simplifies your annual report compliance. Our Managed Annual Report Service replaces legacy systems for tracking due dates and filing annual reports. We eliminate your need to research requirements, create due date reminders, and navigate government forms and filing portals.

Our service maximizes your time savings and ensures accuracy in filing. When you sign up, we conduct an initial review of your entity registrations to identify noncompliance. We offer additional services to prepare and file overdue reports, register entities, and reinstate them into good standing.

We minimize the amount of information you provide to us. Simply enter your company data into a secure, web-based form, and update it only when it changes. We use that information to file your reports automatically throughout the year. Entity Manager Software tracks annual report due dates and calculates filing fees across all states and entities. Enjoy immediate visibility into registration data, entity statuses, and upcoming due dates.

North Carolina Annual Report Requirements by Entity Type

See the table below for information on filing an annual report in North Carolina. Select your entity type to view your North Carolina annual report filing fee and due date.

North Carolina Corporation Annual Report Requirements:

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
Form:

Find your company record to print your form. If you choose to download a pre-populated annual report and file the paper copy, you will submit the report and the fee directly to the Department of Revenue, along with the business corporation’s tax return.

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$22.50 online or $25 by mail.

Due:

Annuallly by the 15th day of the 4th month following the fiscal year end. The first report is due in the calendar year following initial registration.

Law:

North Carolina General Statutes § 55-16-22.

Penalties:

No late fee. Your business will receive a notice of pending dissolution or revocation, then you have 60 days to file.

Notes:
  • An officer, director, member, manager, or partner may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
  • Professional corporations are not required to file an annual report.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

North Carolina Limited Liability Company Annual Report Requirements:

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
Form:

Find your company record to print your form.

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$202 online or $200 by mail.

Due:

Annually by April 15. The first report is due in the calendar year following initial registration.

Law:

North Carolina General Statutes § 57C-2-23.

Penalties:

No late fee. Your business will receive a notice of pending dissolution or revocation, then you have 60 days to file.

Notes:
  • An officer, director, member, manager, or partner may file.
  • Original signatures are not required.
  • Professional LLCs are not required to file an annual report.
Fact Checked:1/11/21

North Carolina Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report Requirements:

Not required



More information: North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

North Carolina Professional Corporation Annual Report Requirements:

Not required



The Secretary of State does not have an annual report requirement for professional corporations, however, professional corporations may have a reporting requirement through the licensing board of their profession.

More information: North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

North Carolina Professional Corporation Annual Report Requirements:

Agency:North Carolina Medical Board
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Penalties:

There is a $10 late fee.

Fact Checked:1/11/21

North Carolina Professional LLC Annual Report Requirements:

Not required



The Secretary of State does not have an annual report requirement for professional limited liability companies, however, professional limited liability companies may have a reporting requirement through the licensing board of their profession.

More information: North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

North Carolina Professional LLC Annual Report Requirements:

Agency:North Carolina Medical Board
Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$25

Due:

Annually by December 31.

Penalties:

There is a $10 late fee.

Fact Checked:1/11/21

North Carolina Limited Partnership Annual Report Requirements:

Not required



More information: North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division

North Carolina Limited Liability Partnership Annual Report Requirements:

Agency:North Carolina Secretary of State - Business Registration Division
Form:

Find your company record to print your form.

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$202 online or $200 by mail.

Due:

Annuallly by the 15th day of the 4th month following the fiscal year end. The first report is due in the calendar year following initial registration.

Law:

North Carolina General Statutes § 59-84.4.

Fact Checked:1/11/21

Annual Report Requirements by State

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