DOR says state tax returns are on the way

DOR says state tax returns are on the way

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina taxpayers are now officially receiving their state income refunds.

Bonnie Swingle, a spokesperson for the SC Department of Revenue, said those returns are now being sent out following a delay this year for security measures.

In January the Department of Revenue announced state refunds wouldn't be returned until after March 1.

This was to give the department time to verify wage documents with the Internal Revenue Service and ensure that taxpayers' refunds were not stolen.

In the last week though, some people already got their returns.

"I would not say that anyone is in danger," said Certified Public Accountant, Thomas Spade. "It's just that the Department of Revenue has actually gotten their new system in place a little bit more quickly than they had originally anticipated."

Spade is also a Professor of Accounting at the College of Charleston.

He said the extra precaution taken when it comes to reviewing your tax documents is a great idea.

"South Carolina learned the hard way a couple years ago how important it is to keep everybody's personal information secure, with that big security breach a couple years ago," he said.

Tuesday morning Swingle said the DOR is processing the documents "fine" at this point.

If you file today, you could expect to see your state refunds within a few weeks.

"Right now about three weeks thanks to the new things that they are implementing for security purposes," Spade said.

You're even able to track your refund through the DOR website.

You simply log onto DOR.SC.GOV, click the "Individuals" tab, click the rectangle that says "check the status of my refund", and then enter the personal information asked on the screen.

South Carolinians still have a little over a month to files state and federal taxes.

The last day to get those in is April 18, which has been extended because the normal tax deadline, April 15, is a holiday in Washington D.C.

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