How to File a North Carolina Annual Report

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One of the requirements of maintaining an LLC or corporation in North Carolina is filing an Annual Report.  The Annual Report is used to confirm and update the company’s information each year with the Secretary of State.

What is Needed to File a North Carolina Annual Report

You have the option of filing your Corporation and LLC Annual Report online or by mail. To file online, visit the North Carolina Secretary of State’s website, otherwise you can download and fill out the Annual Report

The report asks for information such as:

  • Legal name of the entity
  • Contact information for the Registered Agent
  • Name and address of the officers, directors, members and/or managers

Processing is immediate when filing online or 7-10 business days when filing by mail.

Annual Report Cost

The cost to file an Annual Report for a Corporation is $20 and a Limited Liability Company is $200.

Due Date

The due date of the Annual Report varies based on the type of business entity.

Corporations: Annual Reports for North Carolina Corporations are due by the 15th day of the 4th month after the end of the Corporation’s taxable year.  Most Corporations use the calendar year as their taxable year, meaning the end of their taxable year is December 31st.  For example, if your Corporation was formed January 1, 2020 and the end of the taxable year is December 31st, the first Biennial Statement will be due April 15th, 2021. 

LLCs: Annual Reports for North Carolina LLCs are due by April 15th.  The first annual report isn’t due until the year following formation. For example, if your LLC was formed April 1, 2020, the first Annual Report will be due April 15th, 2021. 

The Secretary of State’s office emails a reminder in advance of the Annual Report due date. Even though a reminder is sent, it’s important to make an additional reminder for yourself should you not receive it. 

My business made little or no money.  Do I still have to file the Annual Report?

Even if your Corporation or LLC received no income or had no business activity, the Annual Report is still required to be filed.

What happens if you don’t file the Annual Report on time?

While there are no fees for a late Annual Report, the Secretary of State will send a Notice for Grounds for Administrative Dissolution.  If the report isn’t filed within 60 days of this notice, the state will administratively dissolve the entity.

North Carolina Secretary of State Contact Information

North Carolina Secretary of State
Corporations Division
PO Box 29525
Raleigh, NC 27626-0525

If you have questions, they can be contacted at (919-807-2225 or arinfo@sosnc.gov.