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Ted Pitts, businesses opposing Orangeburg County licensing proposal

July 10, 2017

In a release, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts said Orangeburg County Council should reverse course before it imposes a business license.

“The business license tax, under consideration by the Orangeburg County Council, is not only burdensome for businesses to comply with because of the process, but is also bad because it taxes gross revenue whether you make a profit or not,” Pitts said. “Orangeburg is on the cusp of an economic boom, but adding a new tax on business is sure to have a negative impact.”

Most counties in the region that Orangeburg competes with for jobs and investment do not charge a county business license tax, he said. Pitts says the business license would put Orangeburg County at a competitive disadvantage.

“This tax directly targets small, family-owned businesses already struggling to make ends meet,” Pitts said. ...

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