One state legislator is urging South Carolina to refund taxes much quicker for paper returns– up to six weeks earlier.
Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Orangeburg) wrote a letter to the state Department of Revenue asking them to return within two weeks any tax refunds owed to South Carolina taxpayers. Currently, the Revenue Department’s website says refunds will take up to eight weeks if you file a return with paper.
Sellers says many people could use the money in tight budget times. However, he gave two other reasons why he believes the Revenue Department should move quicker to refund the money.
The most glaring reason is, one: it’s not our money. It’s not the state’s funds, it’s the funds of the taxpayers of South Carolina. Two, during this economic downturn… I think getting these dollars back in the hands of our taxpayers will help stimulate the economy.
Sellers said the current period of six to eight weeks for paper returns is too long and that 15 days should be “long enough,” especially since electronic returns are usually processed within 3-12 days.
Sellers also said it’s an issue of trust, especially during a tough budget year for the state.
It’s my hope and I want… taxpayers to know that when state government is looking for money, we’re not going to keep your tax returns three months longer than we should just so we will have money in the coffers to run state government. That’s inefficient. That doesn’t breed trust.
The Department of Revenue was not available for comment Monday.