SC jobless agency again late on withholding taxes

Associated Press - February 25, 2010 7:25 AM ET

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's jobless agency has missed another deadline to pay withholding taxes. The Employment Security Commission failed to pay the taxes on time for February.

Communications specialist Rodney Welch says officials discovered earlier this month they were two weeks behind on paying withholding taxes. Welch says the payment was made immediately. He did not say how much was paid.

It was reported earlier this month that the commission did not pay $16 million in state and federal income taxes withheld from benefit checks between February and May of 2009.

The commission had faced nearly $1 million in penalties, but the state Revenue Department cut the interest and fine to $25,000.

The Senate has approved legislation overhauling the agency.

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