Major Delinquent Taxpayers Paid $8.5M to State in 2021 | Local
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Hundreds of South Carolina’s top delinquent taxpayers paid the state more than $8.5 million in 2021 after their debts were posted online.
The payments mean that some of those who owe the most state tax debt have paid a total of more than $17 million over the past two years in money previously owed to the state, a direct result of the Department of South Carolina Revenue (SCDOR) Top Delinquent Taxpayer Program.
This year marks the second anniversary of SCDOR’s Top Delinquent Taxpayers initiative, which publicly lists the top 250 state taxpayers and top 250 corporate tax payers. SCDOR publishes names to ensure transparency, fairness and accountability. Lists can be viewed at dor.sc.gov/top250.
The lists, updated quarterly, are an update of SCDOR’s former Debtor’s Corner, which publicly listed the state’s top tax debtors for years. In 2020, SCDOR replaced Debtor’s Corner with Top Delinquent Taxpayers to provide separate lists of corporate and individual debtors and to fully automate the registration process. Each of the current delinquent taxpayers is in a tax lien position, making these debts public.
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“Tax revenue is critical to the financial well-being of our state,” SCDOR Director Powell said. “When non-compliant taxpayers don’t pay their fair share, the tax burden is unfairly transferred to compliant taxpayers. We’re all in this together, so it’s important to hold delinquent taxpayers accountable.”
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In 2021, registrants paid $8,524,815 to SCDOR, including $7,155,671 in lien payments and $1,369,144 in compensation plan payments. Commercial debtors paid $5,845,419, while individual debtors paid $2,679,396.
Collectively, listed companies and delinquent individuals owe more than $104 million in taxes. The tax liability of individuals on the list ranges from a low of $72,570 to a high of $2.7 million. The tax liability of the companies on the list ranges from a low of $103,681 to a high of over $2.7 million. Five individual tax debtors owe more than $1 million, while six businesses owe at least that amount.
Before the names are published, SCDOR endeavors to collect these debts. The agency repeatedly sends letters, calls or makes personal contact to help these taxpayers comply.
Debts excluded from the lists:
• Those who have filed for bankruptcy protection.
• Debtors who have entered into payment agreements with SCDOR.
• Any debt in SCDOR’s GEAR or Setoff Debt programs.
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The actual amount of tax, penalty and interest due may differ from the amount shown due to partial payments or the accumulation of additional penalties and interest. Learn more about South Carolina’s top delinquent taxpayers at dor.sc.gov/top250.