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Tax Relief for South Carolinians

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

South Carolina was devastated by a 1000-year storm. Much of the state has been declared a disaster area. A friend of mine who lives in Columbia tweeted pictures that show the absolutely ridiculous amount of flooding. The IRS has offered relief for taxpayers in several counties in South Carolina.

Here is the IRS announcement:

WASHINGTON ––South Carolina flood victims, including individuals and businesses that previously received a tax-filing extension to Oct. 15, will have until Feb. 16, 2016, to file their returns and pay any taxes due, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. All workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization also qualify for relief.

Following this week’s disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the IRS said that affected taxpayers in Berkeley, Charleston, Clarendon, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter and Williamsburg Counties will receive this and other special tax relief. Other locations may be added in coming days, based on damage assessments by FEMA.

The tax relief postpones various tax filing and payment deadlines that occurred starting on Oct. 1, 2015. As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until Feb. 16, 2016, to file these returns and pay any taxes due. Besides the Oct. 15 extension deadline, this also includes the Jan. 15, 2016, deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments. A variety of business tax deadlines are also affected including the Nov. 2, 2015, and Feb. 1, 2016, deadlines for quarterly payroll and excise tax returns.

The IRS will abate any interest, late-payment or late-filing penalty that would otherwise apply. The agency automatically provides this relief to any taxpayer with an IRS address of record located in the disaster area. Taxpayers need not contact the IRS to get this relief.

Beyond Designated Disaster Areas

The IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue is following suit; they are providing the same relief as the IRS.

Note that the relief is automatic; impacted taxpayers need not do anything. The exception to this are impacted taxpayers who do not live in one of the counties noted in the IRS declaration.

Another South Carolina Politician Guilty of Tax Charges

Monday, November 26th, 2012

There must be something in the water in the Palmetto State: Yet another politician in South Carolina forgot about filing his taxes.

This time it was a Democrat, State Representative Harold Mitchell (D-Spartanburg) who claimed he just filed late. He had been accused of felony tax evasion; today he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of not filing his taxes timely. He’ll owe the amount of the tax due (just under $6,000) and court costs. His three-year sentence will be suspended provided he makes the payment (which he has promised to do).

South Carolina voters appear confident about Mr. Mitchell. He was reelected…without opposition.

CPA Allegedly Practices Theft of Funds

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

A few years ago, there was a tax blog called The proprietor, William Murray, was a CPA in Sacramento. He had a “trust accounting” system. Payments were sent to him, and he supposedly forwarded those payments on. It was a lie. Millions were embezzled; Mr. Murray received 19 1/2 years at ClubFed. Unfortunately, Mr. Murray was apparently not the only person to practice such a system.

From Myrtle Beach, South Carolina comes word that Richard Voltz, a CPA, is alleged to have had clients forward payments to him. Those payments, supposedly over $480,000, didn’t make it to the tax agencies. Mr. Voltz is also alleged to have not reported the alleged defalcations on his own tax returns (illegal income is just as taxable as legal income) so he’s also been charged with tax evasion. He’s facing prison, fines, and restitution if found guilty on all the charges.

I haven’t met an accountant who want you to make checks for your taxes payable to the accountant. If that’s what your accountant wants, be afraid.

Finally, I’d like to point out that Mr. Voltz, like Mr. Murray before him, is a CPA. He presumably has taken his ethics requirements. That hasn’t stopped him from being accused of what would anyone would call a serious violation. I’m sure licensing every accountant will stop every accountant from committing a crime. (Sigh….)

Do Businesses Base Decisions on Taxes?

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

The answer to this question should be obvious, but many liberals believe that taxes can be hiked, and hiked, and hiked some more, and businesses won’t do a thing but verbally complain.

That’s wrong. Businesses will locate will locate their operations rationally. They will seek to maximize net income. That could mean locating in a high tax area if there will be additional revenue to offset the higher taxes.

I can think of an obvious example where a business relocated because of taxes. Nissan Motors of America moved their corporate offices from Torrance, California to Tennessee. Tennessee is a low tax state while California is anything but a low tax state.

Washington state discovered the truth behind this. Boeing will locate the final assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner in Charleston, South Carolina. Historically, most of Boeing’s airplanes have been built near Seattle.

Mish notes that the unions refused to give Boeing a ten-year no-strike pledge for work on the 787 in Seattle; this apparently led (along with grants and tax breaks offered by South Carolina) to the decision.

For those who still say that businesses won’t react to costs and move, think again. Taxes matter, and if you increase them too high businesses will relocate.