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South Carolina Governor Signs R103, H4243 Into Law, Amending Sections Relating to Job Tax Credit

Tax Development Jun 05, 2019

South Carolina Governor Signs R103, H4243 Into Law, Amending Sections Relating to Job Tax CreditOn May 22, 2019, South Carolina Governor, Henry McMaster, signed into law South Carolina Bill R103, H4243 under the Summary “Professional Sports Team.” The bill amends sections 12-6-3360 relating to the South Carolina Job Tax Credit. With this new legislation, professional sports teams are now eligible for Job Tax Credit benefits. In addition, under the legislation, the Job Tax Credit award for Tier IV and Tier III counties increased significantly. Tier IV counties are now eligible for a $25,000 credit for each new full-time job created. For Tier III counties, each new full-time job created is now eligible for a $20,250 credit. Tier II and Tier I counties remained unchanged, however, and new full-time jobs created are still eligible for a $2,750 credit and a $1,500 credit, respectively. 

The South Carolina Job Tax Credit is a financial award to businesses that create and maintain at least 10 full-time jobs for their new or expansion projects. The credit is annual and lasts five years, as long as the minimum jobs are created and maintained. Eligible businesses and the requirements for the Job Tax Credit are as follows:

  • Eligible businesses include:
    • Manufacturing, tourism, processing, agricultural packaging, warehousing, distribution, research and development, corporate office, qualifying service-related facilities, agribusiness operations, extraordinary retail establishment, professional sports teams, qualifying technology intensive facilities, and banks. 
      • Detailed definitions of each qualified industry are outlined in the statute.
  • New Job is defined as:
    • “A Job created in (South Carolina) at the time a new facility or an expansion is initially staffed.”
    • Jobs relocated from an existing location in South Carolina to a new or expanded facility are not eligible. 
    • New jobs may also include employees who were reinstated at a facility after an employer had to rebuild a facility due to “Acts of God,” such as accidental fires, or involuntary conversion because of condemnation or exercise of eminent domain by the state or any political subdivision of the federal government.
  • Full-time jobs are positions requiring a minimum 35 hours per week.
  • In general, businesses must create and maintain at least 10 full-time jobs.
    • However, special provisions are provided for businesses that employ less than 99 employees total, specific industries, and for professional sports teams.

The South Carolina county tier rankings are as follows:

Tier I ($1,500 JTC)

Tier 2 ($2,750 JTC)

Tier 3 ($20,250 JTC)

Tier IV ($25,000 JTC)

Anderson

Beaufort

Berkeley

Charleston

Dorchester

Greenville

Lexington

Richland

Spartanburg

York

 

 

Aiken

Florence

Georgetown

Greenwood

Kershaw

Laurens

Lancaster

Newberry

Oconee

Pickens

Saluda

Sumter

 

Abbeville

Calhoun

Cherokee

Chesterfield

Colleton

Darlington

Edgefield

Fairfield

Horry

McCormick

Union

 

 

Allendale

Bamberg

Barnwell

Chester

Clarendon

Dillion

Hampton

Jasper

Lee

Marion

Marlboro

Orangeburg

Williamsburg

 

 

The requirements for the Job Tax Credit in South Carolina are simple and attainable, thus presenting an extremely valuable opportunity to new and expanding businesses throughout the state. Qualified businesses located in Tier IV counties, meeting the minimum Job Tax Credit requirements, are eligible for a credit of at least $250,000 for the jobs they create. With the new legislation, it’s clear that South Carolina is defining itself as a premier location to locate and expand business.

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