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Quick Notes on Incorporating in North Carolina


Processing time State fees Our fee
20 to 25 business days
on average
About a week
with $100 expedite fee
$127
C-Corp or S-Corp
$127
LLC
North Carolina has an average incorporation processing time of 20 to 25 business days, which can be expedited to about a week for an additional state fee of $100.

The state of North Carolina requires a fee of $127 to form a C-Corp or S-Corp, and a fee of $127 to form an LLC (Limited Liability Company).

These North Carolina state fees are in addition to our incorporation fee, which is $139 for our Standard Package, $297 for our Premier Package, or $773 for our Venture Package.


North Carolina maintenance requirements for C-Corps and S-Corps
In North Carolina, Corporations must file a Business Corporation Annual Report with the Secretary of State within 60 days following the last day of the month in which the corporation was incorporated. The filing fee for the report is $20. This means you must file a report within the first 90 days of the company's existence.



Annual reports for business corporations are due by the 15th day of the third month after the close of the corporationís fiscal year. Thus, for corporations with a fiscal year ending December 31st, annual reports are due March 15th. Annual reports may be filed online directly with the Secretary of Stateís office using the Online Orders feature on Corporations web page. If you choose to file a paper copy of your annual report, it must be included with the corporate tax return and delivered, along with the $20.00 filing fee, to the N.C. Department of Revenue, www.dor.state.nc.us.


North Carolina maintenance requirements for LLCs
LLC annual reports are due for the year in which they are filed. In other words, any LLC in existence on or before April 15th of any given year owes an annual report for that year. An LLC that forms on April 15th would owe an annual report for that year. An LLC that forms on April 16th (or after) is not in existence when the due date for an annual report occurs for that calendar year; therefore, LLCs that form after April 15th will not owe an annual report until the next calendar year.



In North Carolina, LLCs must file a Business Corporation Annual Report with the Secretary of State within 60 days following the last day of the month in which the corporation was incorporated. The filing fee for the report is $200.