North Carolina Payroll Services

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North Carolina Payroll Tax and Labor Laws

Get your North Carolina State Tax ID Number 

Click HERE to obtain State Tax ID  

Click HERE to obtain State Unemployment Tax ID  

North Carolina Wage and Hour Laws 

Minimum Wage 

The minimum wage in North Carolina is currently $7.25 per hour. Agricultural and domestic employees are subject to the federal minimum wage rate which is also $7.25 per hour for nonexempt employees.  

For more information regarding North Carolina’s minimum wage rates, please click HERE.  


North Carolina requires employers to pay non-exempt employees time and one half the employee’s regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.   

For more information regarding North Carolina’s overtime pay rules, please click HERE.   

Pay Frequency 

North Carolina requires employers to pay wages on regular pay days for pay periods which may be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly.  If prescribed in advance, payments for bonuses and commissions may be paid as infrequently as annually.   

North Carolina Unemployment

Taxable Wage Base ($000s):                          29,600

New Employer Rate (% Taxable Wages)       1.0 

Reimbursables are required to pay 1.00% for their first 4 quarters of liability. 

North Carolina Income Tax Withholding 

North Carolina requires employers to withhold state income tax from employees' wages and remit the amounts withheld to the Department of Revenue.  

Any employer that does business or has an employee in North Carolina, whether the employer is a state resident or not, must withhold state tax. However, to avoid double taxation for residents, North Carolina withholding is not required if the employer is required to withhold taxes from those wages for the other state or jurisdiction.  

North Carolina State Resources 

North Carolina Department of Commerce 

North Carolina Department of Labor 

North Carolina SUI Rate  


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Revised 3/2023