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INSTRUCTIONS – Listings due By January 31.
Commonly Asked Questions
Who must file a listing, and what do I list?
Any individual(s) or business(es) owning or possessing personal property used or connected
with a business or other income producing purpose on January 1. Temporary absence of
personal property from the place at which it is normally taxable shall not affect this rule. For
example, a lawn tractor used for personal use to mow the lawn at your home is not listed.
However, a lawn tractor used as part of a landscaping business in this county must be listed
if the lawn tractor is normally in this county, even if it happens to be in another state or county
on January 1.
NCGS §105-308 reads that ..”any person whose duty it is to list any property who willfully
fails or refuses to list the same within the time prescribed by law shall be guilty of a Class 2
misdemeanor. The failure to list shall be prima facie evidence that the failure was willful.” A
class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment of up to 60 days.
When and where to list?
Listings are due on or before January 31. They must be filed with the County Tax
Department. PO Box 269, Bolivia, NC 28422.
As required by state law, late listings will receive a penalty. An extension of time to list may
be obtained by sending a written request showing “good cause” to the County Assessor by
How do I list? -- Three important rules:
(1) Read these INSTRUCTIONS for each schedule or group. Contact your county tax office
if you need additional clarification.
(2) If a Schedule or Group does not apply to you, indicate so on the listing form, DO NOT
LEAVE A SECTION BLANK, DO NOT WRITE “SAME AS LAST YEAR”. A listing form may
be rejected for these reasons and could result in late listing penalties.
(3) Listings must be filed based on the tax district where the property is physically located. If
you have received multiple listing forms, each form must be completed separately.
Complete all sections at the top of the form, whether or not they are specifically addressed in
these INSTRUCTIONS. Attach additional sheets if necessary.
(1) Contact person for audit: In case the county tax office needs additional information, or to
verify the information listed, list the person to be contacted here.
(2) Physical address: Please note here the location of the property. The actual physical loca-
tion may be different from the mailing address. Post Office Boxes are not acceptable.
(3) Principal Business in this County: What does the listed business do? For example:
Tobacco Farmer, Manufacture electrical appliances, Laundromat, Restaurant. The SIC or
NAICS code may help describe this information, if you do not know the SIC or NAICS code,
please write “unknown”.
(4) Complete other requested business information. Make any address changes.
(5) If out of business: If the business we have sent this form to has closed, complete this
section and attach any additional information regarding the sale of the property.
The year acquired column: The rows which begin “2020” are the rows in which you report
property acquired during the calendar year 2020. Other years follow the same format.
Schedule A is divided into eight (8) groups. Each is
addressed below. Some counties may
have the column “Prior Years Cost” pre-printed. This column should contain the cost informa-
tion from last year’s listing. If it does not, please complete this column, referring back to your
last year’s listing. List under “Current Year’s Cost” the 100% cost of all depreciable personal
property in your possession on January 1. Include all fully depreciated assets as well. Round
amounts to the nearest dollar. Use the “Additions” and “Deletions” column to explain changes
from “Prior Yr. Cost” to “Current Yr. Cost”. The “Prior Year’s Cost” plus “Additions” minus
“Deletions” should equal “Current Years Cost” If there are any additions and/or deletions,
please note those under schedule G, Acquisitions and Disposals Detail. If the deletion is a
transferred or paid out lease, please note this, and to whom the property was transferred.
NOTE: If you purchased an existing business and its assets since January 1, 2020, do not
complete this listing form without first contacting the county tax office for further instructions.
COST - Note that the cost information you provide must include all costs associated with the
acquisition as well as the costs associated with bringing that property into operation. These
costs may include, but are not limited to invoice cost, trade-in allowances, freight, installation
costs, sales tax, expensed costs, and construction period interest.
The cost figures reported should be historical cost, that is the original cost of an item when
first purchased, even if it was first purchased by someone other than the current owner. For
example, you, the current owner, may have purchased equipment in 2018 for $100, but the
individual you purchased the equipment from acquired the equipment in 2015 for $1000. You,
the current owner, should report the property as acquired in 2015 for $1000.
Property should be reported at its actual historical installed cost IF at the retail level of trade.
For example, a manufacturer of computers can make a certain model for $1000 total cost.
It is typically available to any retail customer for $2000. If the manufacturer uses the model
for business purposes, he should report the computer at it’s cost at the retail level of trade,
which is $2000, not the $1000 it actually cost the manufacturer. Leasing companies must list
property they lease at the retail trade level, even if their actual cost is at the manufacturer or
wholesaler level of trade.
Group (1) MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT
This is the group used for reporting the cost of all machinery and equipment. This includes all
store equipment, manufacturing equipment, production lines (hi-tech or low-tech), as well as
warehouse and packaging equipment. List the total cost by year of acquisition, including fully
depreciated assets that are still connected with the business.
For example, a manufacturer of textiles purchased a knitting machine in October 2018 for
$10,000. The sales tax was $200, shipping charges were $200, and installation costs were
$200. The total cost that the manufacturer should report is $10,600, if there were no other
costs incurred. The $10,600 should be added in group (1) to the 2018 current year’s cost
Group (2) Construction in Progress (CIP)
CIP is business personal property which is under construction on January 1. The accountant
will typically not capitalize the assets under construction until all of the costs associated with
the asset are known. In the interim period, the accountant will typically maintain the costs of
the asset in a CIP account. The total of this account represents investment in personal prop-
erty, and is to be listed with the other capital assets of the business during the listing period.
List in detail. If you have no CIP, write “none”.
Group (3) Office Furniture & Fixtures
This group is for reporting the costs of all furniture & fixtures and small office machines used
in the business operation. This includes, but is not limited to, file cabinets, desks, chairs,
adding machines, curtains, blinds, ceiling fans, window air conditioners, telephones, intercom
systems, and burglar alarm systems.
Group (4) Computer Equipment
This group is for reporting the costs of non-production computers & peripherals. This includes,
but is not limited to, personal computers, midrange, or mainframes, as well as the monitors,
printers, scanners, magnetic storage devices, cables, & other peripherals associated with
those computers. This category also includes software that is capitalized and purchased from
an unrelated business entity. Note: The development cost of software or any modification
cost to software, whether done internally by the taxpayer or externally by a third party
to meet the customer’s specified needs is excluded and should not be reported. This
does not include high tech equipment such as proprietary computerized point of sale equip-
ment or high tech medical equipment, or computer controlled equipment, or the high-tech
computer components that control the equipment. This type of equipment would be included
in Group (1) or “other”.
Group (5) Improvements to Leased Property
This group includes improvements made by or for the business to real property leased or
used by the business. The improvements may or may not be intended to remain in place at
the end of the lease, but they must still be listed by the business unless it has been deter-
mined that the improvements will be appraised as real property by the county for this tax year.
Contact the appropriate county to determine if you question whether these improvements will
be appraised as real property for this tax year. If you have made no improvements to leased
property write “none”. Do not include in this group any Store Equipment- Group (1) or Office
Furniture and Fixtures-Group (3).
Group (6) Expensed Items
This group is for reporting any assets which would typically be capitalized, but due to the
business’ capitalization threshold, they have been expensed. Section 179 expensed items
should be included in the appropriate group (1) through (4). Fill in the blank which asks for
your business’ “Capitalization Threshold.” If you have no expensed items write “none”.
Group (7) Supplies
Almost all businesses have supplies. These include normal business operating supplies. List
the cost on hand as of January 1. Remember, the temporary absence of property on January
1 does not mean it should not be listed if that property is normally present. Supplies that are
immediately consumed in the manufacturing process or that become a part of the property
being sold, such as packaging materials, or raw materials, for a manufacturer, do not have
to be listed. Even though inventory is exempt, supplies are not. Even if a business carries
supplies in an inventory account, they remain taxable.
Group (8) Other - Has been removed, if you have questions about this group, please
call tax office.
SCHEDULE B VEHICULAR EQUIPMENT - ATTACH ADDITIONAL SCHEDULES IF
Motor Vehicles registered with the NC Department of Motor Vehicles as of January 1
do not have to be listed. Please answer the questions on the form to determine if you
should complete and attach separate schedules B-1 for certain other vehicles, B-2 for
Watercraft or Watercraft engines, B-3 for Mobile Homes or Mobile Offices, or B-4 for
SCHEDULE C PROPERTY IN YOUR POSSESSION, BUT OWNED BY OTHERS
If on January 1, you have in your possession any business machines, machinery, furniture,
vending equipment, game machines, postage meters, or any other equipment which is
loaned, leased, or otherwise held and not owned by you, a complete description and owner-
ship of the property should be reported in this section. This information is for office use only.
Assessments will be made to the owner/lessor. If you have already filed the January 15th
report required by §105-315, so indicate. If you have none, write “none” in this section. If
property is held by a lessee under a “capital lease” where there is a conditional sales con-
tract, or if title to the property will transfer at the end of the lease due to a nominal “purchase
upon termination” fee, then the lessee is responsible for listing under the appropriate group.
SCHEDULE D, E, F, G, H, I and J please answer the questions provided on the form to
determine if you need to complete and attach separate schedules E-1, G-1, H-1, I-1 or J-1 to
the main business personal property listing form.
If the form is not signed by an authorized person, it will be rejected and could be subject to
penalties. This section describes who may sign the listing form.
Listings submitted by mail shall be deemed to be filed as of the date shown on the postmark
affixed by the U.S. Postal Service. Any other indication of the date mailed (such as your own
postage meter) is not considered and the listing shall be deemed to be filed when received
in the office of the tax assessor.
Any person who willfully attempts, or who willfully aids or abets any person to attempt, in any
manner to evade or defeat the taxes imposed under this Subchapter (of the Revenue Laws),
whether by removal or concealment of property or otherwise, shall be guilty of a Class 2
misdemeanor. (Punishable by imprisonment up to 60 days)
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