COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Revenue will begin issuing 400,000 tax rebate checks in the coming week.
Lawmakers approved $50 rebates for eligible taxpayers six months ago and less than a month after the Oct. 15 individual income tax extension deadline, final numbers are in for the year, Governor’s spokesman Brian Symmes said.
More than 1.2 million qualifying taxpayers will receive $50 rebate checks over the next month, he said.
“This is great news for South Carolina’s taxpayers,” Gov. Henry McMaster said. “Any time the government funds essential programs and agencies and has money left over, we should strive to send it back to the people who earned it. I’m proud of the Department of Revenue’s work towards getting these checks to South Carolinians as quickly and as efficiently as they’ve been able to.”
Rebate checks will be issued in zip code order, and most eligible taxpayers will receive their check by Dec. 2. Married couples who filed a joint 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return will receive one $50 rebate check.
SCDOR Director Hartley Powell said he is proud the agency was able to begin issuing so many rebate checks so soon after the October 15 Individual Income Tax extension deadline.
“We’re on time and on target,” Powell said. “We want to ensure checks are in taxpayers’ hands in time for the holidays. We are well on our way to meeting the Dec. 2 deadline set by lawmakers.”
Powell said the SCDOR created a dedicated webpage with information and FAQs and is ready to answer customer questions by phone and email.
“We’re here to help,” he said.
To qualify for the rebate, you must have:
- Filed your 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return by October 15, 2019.
- A 2018 South Carolina tax liability of at least $50 after credits.
How to identify the rebate check:
- Rebates are mailed in a standard envelope with the SCDOR listed in the return address.
- The memo line on each check reads “SC TAX REBATE.”
- A box in the middle of each check provides information about what the rebate is.
- The check will be for exactly $50.00.
All rebate checks will be mailed to eligible taxpayers to the address the SCDOR has on file, which is likely the address on your 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return. If you still live at the address listed on your 2018 return, you do not need to update your address.
If you have moved since filing your 2018 return, and you have not yet updated your address with the SCDOR, visit dor.sc.gov/rebate for instructions on how to update your address as soon as possible.
If you’re eligible and haven’t received your rebate by December 27, download and complete form SC3911. Write “Rebate” at the top of the form and skip the Refund Options section; Direct deposit is not available for the $50 rebate.