Utility tax for farmers

Save 7 percent each month on each eligible account!

If you are a qualifying farmer, you may be exempt from the utility tax charged on your monthly bill. The tax is a 7 percent charge like a sales tax and is listed as “NC STATE TAX” on your bill. Piedmont Electric is required to collect this money and send it to the state.

However, if you are a qualifying farmer, you can keep this money each and every month! Farmers must be approved by the North Carolina Department of Revenue and receive a qualifying farmer exemption certificate number to be exempt from the tax. A qualifying farmer includes a dairy operator, a poultry farmer, an egg producer, a livestock farmer, a farmer of crops, a farmer of an aquatic species and a person who boards horses.

If you have a copy of your exemption number you can submit it to us using the form below, email it to info@pemc.coop, drop it by one of our offices or mail it to us!

Mailing address: Office Services Farmer Exemption, PO Drawer 1179, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Office locations:
Hillsborough: 2500 NC-86, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Roxboro: 1125 Oxford Rd, Roxboro, NC 27573
Caswell: 64 Rascoe Dameron Rd, Burlington, NC 27217

If you think you may qualify but do not have an exemption number you can apply through the NC Department of Revenue.

Farmer Exemption Form

  • Name of the person who is on the account or has permission to access the account.
  • Please list all account numbers to which this exemption may apply. Separate numbers with a comma.
  • Please provide the best number to reach you for any questions about your exemption or account(s).
  • Providing us your email may allow us to process your exemption more quickly.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.

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