COLUMBIA, SC — The clock is ticking on a key incentive that helped bring Amazon to Lexington County.
On Jan. 1, 2016, Amazon must start collecting sales taxes on purchases made in South Carolina unless the General Assembly extends an exemption granted to the Internet giant when it located a distribution center in Lexington in 2011.
Four years ago, the tax exemption sharply divided state leaders.
Then-new Gov. Nikki Haley, a Lexington Republican, opposed the tax break, infuriating Lexington County Republicans and otherswho were anxious to land more than 1,000 new jobs in the wake of the Great Recession.
Jeffrey Sewell · Top Commenter · Principal Consultant at Sewell Consultancy · 127 followers
The employees pay taxes local and federal; all vendors do the same, there is no egregious tax-exempt status in this particular situation with Amazon; they provide the jobs that local politicians promote as their own doing, give us all a huge freaking break with this political double speak…