SC panel eyeing tax overhaul mulls service taxes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The chairman of a panel working on an overhaul of South Carolina's tax system says he doubts the state will apply sales taxes to professionals such as doctors and lawyers.

Former Revenue Department director Burnie Maybank is chairman of the state Tax Realignment Commission and said Thursday that adding the sales tax to those services is just not politically feasible.

But Maybank told a panel looking at sales tax law changes meeting in Columbia the state needs to look more closely at taxes on telecommunications, data processing and things like music downloads.

Tax loopholes and exemptions are a prime target for the panel.

Maybank's commission is to report to the Legislature by November on possible changes to the state's tax laws.

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