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Every North Carolina LLC must file an Annual Report each year.

North Carolina LLC - Annual Report

Note: The state has updated and redesigned their website since the recording of this LLC Annual Report video, however, the information and steps are still similar. Thank you for your understanding.

Link to State’s Website for Annual Report

North Carolina Secretary of State: File an Annual Report

If you are changing the name of your Registered Agent, you will need to print out your pre-populated Annual Report on the State’s website, have your new Registered Agent sign, and then mail it in along with your check or money order.

If you are not changing the name of your Registered Agent, you will fill out your Annual Report on the State’s website, then submit it electronically, and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card.

Filing Fee


Due Date

The Annual Report is due on April 15th every year.

Accepted Forms of Payment – Filing by Mail

Check or Money Order

Make check or money order payable to “North Carolina Secretary of State”.

Accepted Forms of Payment – Filing Online

Credit Card or Debit Card

Filing Instructions – by Mail

If you file by mail you will print out your pre-populated Annual Report on the State’s website, and then mail it in with your check or money order.

Mail your Annual Report with your check or money order (for $200, made payable to the “North Carolina Secretary of State”) to:

Secretary of State
Corporations Division
Post Office Box 29525
Raleigh, NC 27626-0525

Filing Instructions – Online

If you file online, you will fill out your Annual Report on the State’s website, then submit it electronically, and pay the filing fee with a debit or credit card.

Which year to select from the drop down?

LLC Annual ReportAssuming you have no prior outstanding Annual Report(s) due, you’ll be selecting the current year in the “Report(s) for the year(s)” drop down menu.

For example, if it’s currently 2023 and we’re approaching the April 15th 2023 deadline, the report that needs to be filed by 4/15/2023 is the “2023 LLC Annual Report”, so you’d select “2023” from the drop down menu.

You’d select a prior year if that Annual Report hasn’t been filed yet. Said another way, the LLC’s Annual Report is for the year it is in, not for the prior year.

Late Fee/Penalty

If you do not submit your Annual Report within 60 days of the due date, then your LLC may be administratively dissolved and shut down.

What to Expect

If you file by mail, the State does not send you a receipt or any documents. However, you can download a copy of your Annual Report from the State’s website a few days after you submit it.

If you file online, you’ll receive a success message on the State’s website and then be able to print out a copy of your Annual Report and save it for your business records.

State Contact Information

Department of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
Phone: 919-814-5400 (hours: 8am – 5pm Eastern)

Next Step

Once your LLC is approved you can proceed to the next Lesson: Taxes.

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18 comments on “North Carolina – Annual Report”

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    • Hi Byron, please try again. The link was changed and we have it updated now. Thank you.

  1. My Company was registered (LLC) 4 months ago, late year December 2017. Do i need to file annual return now or wait till my First year anniversary ?

    • If your LLC went into existence on a date in 2017 then your first LLC Annual Report will be due by April 15th, 2018. Hope that helps.

  2. I registered a Software Company in December 2017. Since then company is inactive. Do I still need to file annual report now?

    • Hi Sridhar, yes, a North Carolina LLC Annual Report needs to be filed regardless of income or activity. Since your LLC went into existence in 2017, your Annual Report is due by April 15th 2018. Hope that helps.

  3. Hello, if the date formed for my business is 1/1/2018 will the 2018 annual reporting requirement remain or will I file in 2019? The business was registered in October with the articles effective date documented as 1/1/2018.

    • Hi Shanese, since your LLC’s effective date was 1/1/2018, your first Annual Report isn’t due until 2019. It doesn’t matter that the Articles of Organization was filed in October, since you marked it effective 1/1/2018. Hope that helps!

  4. When I file an annual report for the deadline of April 17th 2018 – do I file it for 2017 or 2018? I think I just filed it incorrectly and filed it under 2017 year.

    • Hey Tiffany, great question. In this case, the report due 4/17/2018 is the “2018 Annual Report”, so you should select 2018 from the drop down menu. Did you file 2017’s report last year? That drop down menu can be quite confusing, right?!

  5. I noticed that you didn’t focus on privacy in any of your presentations (with the exception of the registered agent having a “privacy feature” Is there any way you can file these without your birth name hitting the public records, or do you need to go through added trouble of forming a revokable/anonymous trust and use that to fill in where you’re instructing us to put “our name”?

    • Hey Danny, it’s challenging to go into the same level of details regarding privacy as the variance is quite wide and sometimes that type of content “gets in the way” of the main lesson. So we look for balance in trying not to overwhelm the majority while helping the minority. Said another way, we have on our to-do list the creation new and separate lessons regarding privacy, however, it’s in the near future. While you could make a living revokable trust the LLC Member, you could also use a Parent/Child LLC setup. For example, form an LLC in Wyoming (hire a Registered Agent and a filing company to sign as Organizer) and then they Wyoming LLC is the Member of the North Carolina LLC. And you’d also want to use a filing company to submit your North Carolina Annual Report. Hope that helps and thank you for your understanding.

  6. I have a corporation that has changed from a fiscal year of 10/31 to a calendar year. We prepared a short period income tax return for 10/31/16 – 12/31/16. The last annual report was filed on paper for 10/31/15. Do we need to have them file for 10/31/16 AND 12/31/16 or just for 12/31/16 and going forward?

    • Hi Debbie, not sure on this. We only cover LLCs. You’ll want to check with the Secretary of State on that.

  7. Is this a written report supported with documentation.What exactly do I include in this report? Does it need to be notarized? Is it a financial report?

    Thank’s for your help,Stephen Cordery

    • Hi Stephen, the details of what go in the North Carolina LLC Annual Report are described in the video on this page. The Annual Report doesn’t need to be notarized. And it isn’t a financial report. It’s just informational in nature, making sure your LLC’s contact information is kept up to date with the North Carolina Secretary of State. Hope that helps!

  8. Hi I am closing my LLC in Feb 2021 and will file articles of dissolution with the NC SOS. 2 part question: is the annual report due Apr 2021 for the 2020 year and do I have to file it even though I would have already filed articles of dissolution? Second, would I need to file annual report in 2022 for 2021 year if I filed articles of dissolution in 2021? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Art, the Annual Reports pay for the current year. So if the LLC were to remain open for 2021, the report due by April 15 2021, would be paying for the 2021 year. There is an interesting quirk in North Carolina regarding dissolution. If your LLC has a status of “Current/Active”, you can file Articles of Dissolution even if you have outstanding Annual Reports due. This is because it sometimes takes the Secretary of State a few years before they change the status of the LLC. Said another way, if you file an Articles of Dissolution and your LLC is “Current/Active”, they LLC will be dissolved even if it owes an Annual Report or two. It sounds like that’s not the case for you, but just an FYI. You can file for dissolution in February without filing a 2021 Annual Report. And you don’t need to file an Annual Report in 2022. Hope that helps :)


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