South Carolina residents age 85 years and older are eligible for a 1 percent sales tax reduction on the state's 6 percent sales and use tax on items purchased for personal use.
This 1 percent tax reduction must be requested at the cash register when making the purchase, and there must be proof of age shown, such as a driver's license. The reduction is not readily observed by the retailers in the Lowcountry. We seniors must assure we obtain our benefits we earned during our 85 years by making our rights known at the cash register.
The 1 percent sales and use tax reduction does not apply to all items including water, electricity, telephone and gasoline.
Every retail outlet in South Carolina must have a sign at every entrance or cash register, stating that there is a 1 percent sales and use tax reduction. I have seen very few signs in retail stores as required by law. It is also required that every cash register be programmed to execute the reduction.
The tax reduction will lower South Carolina's tax collections. Therefore, I suggest that we seniors give the money to charitable causes. My wife and I are offering our tax refund to a fund at our church. We suggest that all seniors do something similar.
Alexander D. Kline
Sun City Hilton Head