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Welcome to the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

We’re glad you chose to visit our website. The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) is the leading advocate and business resource dedicated to promoting a positive legislative and regulatory environment for the retail industry – enhancing members’ opportunities for success. We are the expert on NC retail laws.

NCRMA is the only retail trade group in NC that is focused exclusively on helping retail companies – large and small – to operate a successful retail store! We invite you to learn more about who we are.


NC Sales Tax Holiday

After 11 years, North Carolina held its last Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in 2013.  In its move to simplify North Carolina’s tax structure, numerous tax credits were repealed in House Bill 998 during the 2013 Legislative Session including the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Although the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association strongly supported HB 998 as a whole, we were sorry to see the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday repealed. During the first weekend of August North Carolina retailers will be competing with out-of-state retailers in just over 40 border counties in all of our surrounding states and the internet (all of which will be charging zero sales tax the first weekend of August). NCRMA is encouraging North Carolina retailers to be creative and continue to provide great sales to North Carolina consumers just as they have always done. In the meantime, NCRMA will be studying sales trends from the first weekend in August with hopes of laying out a good policy argument to restore the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday in the future.

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