Budget & Finance - External Audit Section
The purpose of the External Audit Section of the Budget & Finance Division in the Department of Agriculture is to ensure that all taxes and fees due to the Department for tonnage are paid timely and correctly. The amounts collected for tonnage help to support the work of the inspectors in our Plant Industry and Food & Drug Divisions. Their job is to make sure that the fertilizer, feed, seed, and lime, sold in the state of North Carolina is safe. Our job is to maintain reports and correctly assess and collect the taxes and fees so the inspectors may continue to effectively perform their duties.
This office collects from manufacturers and distributors the inspection fees and Agricultural Foundation Assessments due on feed, fertilizer and lime. The inspection fee only is due on seed. This office also collects the quarterly Horse Promotion Assessment as well as the yearly licensure fees for grain and cotton. Our office receives, accounts for and deposits with the cashier, the amounts collected.
Currently there are 1403 companies reporting the Tonnage Tax and Agricultural Foundation Assessments, 228 grain licensees and 83 cotton licensees. Lists are available upon request.