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North Carolina Provides Penalty Relief for Taxpayers with Good Compliance History
February 14th, 2011

Like the IRS and most other states, the state of North Carolina penalizes taxpayers who do not file or pay their taxes on time.  However, unlike most other states and the IRS, North Carolina provides relief to taxpayers who have a record of good compliance. Provided certain conditions are met, the NCDOR will waive 100% of penalties imposed on a tax once every three years. Essentially this waiver allows every taxpayer a “free penalty pass” for each type of tax every three years. It’s purpose is to recognize that everyone makes mistakes and sometimes has difficulty complying with the tax laws.

In order to get the penalty waiver you have to request it. This can be done either by making a phone call or writing a letter to the appropriate division of the NCDOR. Anyone who qualifies should consider taking advantage of this penalty waiver provision whenever possible.

Note: If you would like more information on requesting a penalty waiver, or have a specific case you would like to discuss, please e-mail me at

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