Friday letters: State agency is not enforcing law

May 23, 2014 

SC State House

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— What good is it to have laws that are essentially ignored? I’m referring to the S.C. Revenue Ruling 08-5, which has not been actively enforced. This ruling states that a S.C. resident 85 years of age or older is entitled to a 1 percent reduction in sales tax (5 percent instead of 6 percent).

It is the responsibility of the Department of Revenue, a Cabinet agency under Gov. Nikki Haley, to enforce this law. Since this agency collects all state revenue, it must have a compilation of all businesses covered by this law. Each business must post a notice of the law at its entrance or at each register. Failure to comply can result in a fine of $100 a month. Unfortunately, this has become a joke since the majority of the businesses are either unaware of this law or, more likely, just don’t care.

I have contacted the governor’s office, the Department of Revenue, various legislators, the media and other agencies on this matter. Most referred my request to the Revenue Department, which apparently feels it is of no importance to give this small benefit to our senior citizens.

I would like a response from someone in authority.

Edward J. Hensch

Anderson

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