North Carolina Income Tax Calculator
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This includes freelancers and business owners

Estimated Tax Breakup

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Federal income tax


North Carolina state income tax


FICA tax


Self Employment tax


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Marginal and average tax rate

Average tax rate is the effective tax rate that you incur on your income. If your income is $100 with 20% average tax rate and 30% marginal tax rate, you pay $20 in taxes.

Average tax rate is the effective tax rate that you incur on your income. If your income marginal tax rate is the tax rate on the last dollar that you earned. If your income is $100 with 20% average tax rate and 30% marginal tax rate and if you get 1 dollar bonus, you pay 30% tax on that bonus.

Average tax rates measure tax burden, while marginal tax rates measure the impact of taxes on incentives to earn, save, invest, or spend.

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Summary section

  • If you make $ a year living in the region of North Carolina, USA, you will be taxed $. That means that your net pay will be $ per year, or $0 per month. Your average tax rate is undefined% and your marginal tax rate is undefined%.
  • This marginal tax rate means that your immediate additional income will be taxed at this rate. For instance, an increase of $100 in your salary will be taxed $36.13, hence, your net pay will only increase by $63.87.
How we calculate your income tax

Taxes for freelancers vs W-2 employee

The tax system in the US works on a pay-as-you-go basis, so the IRS collects income taxes throughout the year via payroll. Ideally, if you are a W-2 employee, you automatically get your taxes withheld by your employer. However, as a freelancer, taxes aren’t a cakewalk. They have to pay a bit extra in “self-employment tax” to contribute to Social Security and Medicare.

CPA advice for freelancers

If you’re a W-2 employee then most likely, your taxes are already being withheld for you by your employer and you typically get a tax refund. Freelancers, self-employed individuals, and business owners have to handle their own taxes including the quarterly estimated tax payments.

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FlyFin can help ease your burden.

With FlyFin you can stay on top of your taxes by paying your quarterly estimated obligations and tracking your business expenses. The A.I. calculates your taxes based on several inputs (your profession & income) and detects all possible deductions which ensures an accurate tax amount.

Tax burden for freelancers vs w2 employees

W2 employees


Freelancers using FlyFin

W2 employees


Freelancers using FlyFin

Income Taxes in North Carolina

Taxes vary greatly by state, and each state has its own tax rules and regulations. Taxes are an important factor in determining how much money you get to pocket on the income you earn. The progressive tax rates in North Carolina range from 5.25% to 6.99%. Your tax bracket determines the rate you will pay on your taxable income.

Tax Facts

Different Types of State Taxes

Tax Rates for North Carolina

State income tax


Sales Tax


Property tax

0.70% of the property’s value

Estate Tax


Tobacco tax

$0.45 per pack

Gasoline tax

$0.405 per gallon

Diesel tax

$0.405 per gallon

Who files income taxes in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, the amount of time you spend living in the state determines the type of resident category you fall into. You will need to file a North Carolina state income tax return if you meet at least one of the requirements: Full-time resident: You’re a legal resident and spent the year as a resident, even if you left for a short period of time Part-time resident: A part of the tax year was spent as a resident. Non-resident: You don’t live in the state but earn North Carolina-source income, or you won a lottery from the state. Corporate entities: Any company that is based in North Carolina or makes a significant income from the state.

Taxes in North Carolina

Income tax rates are relatively moderate in North Carolina, and you’ll reach the highest tax bracket once your income reaches over $250,000. The minimum amount to be liable for a North Carolina state tax is $14,000. The tax rates do not apply to actual income, but the adjusted gross income or the income after all applicable deductions and exemptions have been subtracted.

Tax brackets for North Carolina

North Carolina has a flat state income tax rate of 4.99%.

Property taxes in North Carolina

Owning a property comes with the responsibility of paying property taxes. Property taxes cover costs related to local school districts, police, fire department, parks, sewage systems and the upkeep of roads. In North Carolina the property is 0.70% of a property’s value.

Sales taxes in North Carolina

North Carolina charges a state-wise tax rate of 4.75%, which is relatively low. The district or county tax rates in North Carolina are added to this rate and the combined taxes can be as high as 8%.

Other taxes in North Carolina

There are a number of other taxes that a state can charge and North Carolina is no different. The state charges taxes on inheritance, tobacco, gasoline and alcohol. The taxes and tax rates vary by state.

Estate taxes in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina does not levy an estate tax.

Tobacco taxes in North Carolina

The tobacco tax is levied in most states to discourage the number of people buying cigarettes. In North Carolina, the tax rate is $0.45 per pack of 20 cigarettes. Cigars are taxed at $12.8% to wholesalers’ cost and the same applies to the wholesalers’ price of chewing tobacco and smoking tobacco.

Gasoline taxes in North Carolina

North Carolina’s gasoline and diesel taxes are $0.405 per gallon for gasoline and $0.405 per gallon for diesel.

Alcohol taxes in North Carolina

There are taxes levied on alcohol in an effort for states to raise capital and encourage individuals to lower their overall consumption. In North Carolina, alcohol tax for beer is at $.62 per gallon, tax for wine is $1.00 per gallon and distilled spirits are taxed at $12.30 per gallon.

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