South Carolina’s ridiculously small, totally gimmicky and unfortunately all-too-temporary sales tax break is back. And yes … if you thought those pejorative descriptors portended a disdain on my part for this so-called “holiday,” you were correct.
This three-day break from the sales tax is a joke … one played annually on Palmetto State citizens by their “Republican” leaders each year since 2000.
That’s right … citizens of the Palmetto State pay an average local and state sales tax rate of 7.44 percent. Is that bad? Yes … especially considering the Palmetto State’s income tax rate is the 11th highest in the nation (and the highest in the southeast).
Gotta love those “conservative” GOP lawmakers, huh? They screw you coming … and going.
No wonder South Carolina continues to struggle when it comes to competing with our regional rivals – and why it continues to bring up the rear nationally when it comes to employment, income and so many other economic indicators.
Anyway, as of midnight this morning (Friday, August 5, 2022) – and extending for 72 hours until midnight on Sunday (August 7, 2022) – Palmetto State residents are exempt from paying the six percent state sales tax on a wide range of items including most back-to-school purchases.
According to the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR), the sales tax exemption applies to “clothing and accessories; footwear; school supplies used for school assignments; computers, software, and printers; certain bed and bath supplies.”
You can view the full list of exempt items here …
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SCDOR officials claim this holiday provides between $2 million and $3 million in tax relief annually, although between 2016-2020 it averaged less than $2 million in “savings.” By comparison, GOP lawmakers grew government in Columbia, S.C. by more than $3.6 billion.
And that’s not counting billions of dollars in so-called “stimulus” funds earmarked for the state’s bloated bureaucratic state and failed educrat establishment.
Again, this so-called “holiday” is not providing substantive relief. It is providing fiscally liberal politicians with a talking point. Period.
Don’t get me wrong: I am glad South Carolina’s “leaders” are providing us with 72 hours of tax relief. It is the other 8,688 hours of the year I am worried about, though.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.
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