A new hearing date of June 28 has been set for arguments over whether state tax collectors have the power to withhold $17 million in disputed penny sales tax revenue from Richland County and whether state officials can demand changes to the sales tax program.
Circuit Judge Thomas G. Cooper will preside over the county’s lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Revenue during a 10:30 a.m. hearing at the Richland County courthouse, it was announced Friday.
Lawyers on opposing sides of the tug-of-war were notified of the hearing, said Ned Nicholson, one of the attorneys representing the county.
The date was set after the agency won a postponement Thursday of a hearing that was to have been held Friday. The county had asked a judge for a speedy consideration.
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On May 20, the county sued the tax-collection agency, which is withholding the county’s next installment of transportation penny money, due in July. DOR contends the county is misspending the money – and has made accusations of corruption. The county denies that and argues that state tax collectors don’t have the authority to take such action.