North Carolina State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
North Carolina Income Tax Table
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The North Carolina Income Tax
North Carolina collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of 7.75%, spread across three tax brackets. Like the Federal Income Tax, North Carolina's income tax allows couples filing jointly to pay a lower overall rate on their combined income with wider tax brackets for joint filers. There are a total of eleven states with higher marginal income tax rates then North Carolina.
Some states, including North Carolina, increase, but don't double, all or some bracket widths for joint filers (others include GA, MN, NM, ND, OK, RI, VT, and WI). There are -40 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2013.
North Carolina Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your North Carolina income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and North Carolina tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in North Carolina, see the list of North Carolina income tax deductions.
- The North Carolina standard deduction is $3,000.00 for individuals and $6,000.00 for married couples filing jointly. The standard deduction may be chosen instead of filing an itemized deduction on your North Carolina tax return.
- North Carolina has no personal exemption. The Federal Income Tax, however, does allow a personal exemption to be deducted from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Unlike most states, North Carolina does not have a dependent deduction. You can, however, claim dependent deductions on your Federal Tax Return.
- North Carolina allows itemized deductions, and you can claim the same itemized deductions on your North Carolina tax return as you do on your Federal tax return. You must choose between itemizing your deductions and choosing the North Carolina standard deduction, so it's generally only worth itemizing your deductions if your itemized total is more then the North Carolina and Federal standard deductions. For more details, visit the list of North Carolina itemized deductions.
North Carolina Income Tax Forms
How To File Your North Carolina Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your North Carolina Tax Return
North Carolina Department of Revenue 501 N Wilmington St Raleigh NC 27604
Income Tax Returns (No Payment)
North Carolina Department of Revenue Post Office Box R Raleigh, North Carolina, 27634-0001
e-Filing: Submit Your North Carolina Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your North Carolina income tax directly with the Department of Revenue . Benefits of e-Filing your North Carolina tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
To e-file your North Carolina and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your North Carolina Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of North Carolina, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your North Carolina tax refund, you can visit the North Carolina Department of Revenue Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 North Carolina income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on North Carolina's 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the North Carolina Department of Revenue and Tax Foundation data.
- North Carolina tax forms are sourced from the North Carolina Department of Revenue income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the North Carolina forms you are using are up-to-date.