Category Archives: Taxes

Japan Trips, Other Taxpayer-Funded Freebies Offered to Bridgestone

Over the next several years, as many as 200 new employees at the expanding Bridgestone plant site in Aiken County will be flown to Japan, where the international tire manufacturer is headquartered, according to a state incentives agreement obtained by … Continue reading

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Charleston Council Asks ‘Where’s the Property Tax Bills?’

Warwick Jones Citizen Reporter Charleston County Council members wondered aloud during the Nov. 3 council meeting what on earth was going on at the auditor’s office. Where are the property tax bills for 2011? They should have been out some … Continue reading

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Legislature Intent on Tax Reform? Oh Really?

If the best indication of how people will behave in the future is how they have acted in the past, a claim South Carolina legislative leaders make in a lawsuit against sales tax exemptions is questionable, at best. And perhaps … Continue reading

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Sales Tax Discount Costs State $20 Million-Plus Per Year

How would you feel if the great state of South Carolina compensated you for filing and paying your taxes on time – and gave you a little extra for doing so electronically? Sounds like something out of the Twilight Zone? … Continue reading

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Property Tax System Still Uneven After Point-of-Sale Change

Correcting a mistake. That’s how Republican state Rep. Jim Merrill describes recently enacted legislation he sponsored that significantly offsets a bitterly unpopular tax increase on rental and commercial property known as “point of sale.” Despite the rollback, however, many observers … Continue reading

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S.C. Forester Wants School Payments Cut

Payments to local school districts from primarily the sale of timber and pine straw on land owned by the S.C. Forestry Commission in those districts would dramatically drop over three years under a proposal by the state’s chief forester. Assuming … Continue reading

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School District Mergers Bring Projected Cost Savings

Consolidating school districts isn’t as easy as changing logos on letterheads, but supporters say that in the long run, students and taxpayers are the winners when it occurs. The Nerve recently attempted to find out some specifics on the cost … Continue reading

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Exemptions Proliferate in ‘Back-to-School’ Tax Holiday

It’s that back-to-school time of year. Yes, it’s that time, once again, when fresh-faced students open their minds to new knowledge; when cash-strapped parents open their wallets for new supplies – and when state coffers are closed to one of … Continue reading

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Show Me the Money: Finance Officials Differ on State Budget

If you want to see two very different pictures of the state budget, you need look no further than Gov. Nikki Haley’s financial “summit” last week. Wednesday’s meeting was a briefing by state officials to representatives of Moody’s Investors Service, … Continue reading

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QVC Deal: Job-Creation Targets Less than Announced

In December 2005, home shopping network giant QVC announced it would build a $75 million distribution center in Florence, bringing at least 400 full-time jobs to an area with historically some of the state’s highest unemployment rates. The day after … Continue reading

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