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THE TOP STORY: SC Chamber Unveils Blueprint for Comprehensive Tax Reforms

December 6, 2018

Jared Walczak (Tax Foundation) testifies to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on tax reform

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce this week unveiled a blueprint for comprehensive tax reforms published by the Tax Foundation and the S.C. Chamber Foundation entitled, “South Carolina: A Road Map for Tax Reform.”

The document takes a comprehensive look at the state’s current tax structure, identifies what the state does well and, most importantly, makes specific recommendations on improvements to tax laws that are outdated, inefficient and uncompetitive.

“South Carolina’s tax code needs to be overhauled, and the business community is ready to roll up its sleeves and do just that,” said S.C. Chamber President and CEO Ted Pitts. “Working together with members of the General Assembly and experts from the Tax Foundation, we can reform parts of the tax code that make it harder to do business in our state and ignite a new era of growth that will make us the envy of our neighbors and the nation.”

“Tax reform will not only make our state more competitive, it will create jobs, and that’s a win for everyone. The business community looks forward to partnering with members of the General Assembly to make tax reform a reality and keep South Carolina on the move,” said Lou Kennedy, CEO of Nephron Pharmaceuticals and S.C. Chamber Chairman.

Jared Walczak, Senior Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation and co-author of the tax study presented the Tax Foundation’s findings and recommendations to the Senate Tax Study Committee and a group of House members explaining the need for comprehensive tax reform in South Carolina. "A dynamic, growing state like South Carolina deserves a modern tax code built for today's economy. The Palmetto State has a lot going for it, and there’s no reason that an outdated, overly complex tax code should hold it back," said Jared Walczak.

The Tax Foundation’s work is the product of months of research, analysis and interviews with over 300 individuals or groups including state and local government officials, CEOs, CFOs, small business owners, manufacturers, accountants, school district leaders, and everyday taxpayers.

The Tax Foundation and the SC Chamber will work with members of the General Assembly this session to make the state more competitive for business development.


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