From SCDOR for The Island Connection
The South Carolina Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service will begin accepting Individual Income Tax returns on Jan. 27, 2020. To ensure faster and more accurate processing of your return and refund, the SCDOR encourages taxpayers to file electronically and choose direct deposit. Last year, 90% of individual income tax returns were filed electronically.
“We are pleased that so many South Carolinians have embraced online filing. It’s the safest, most accurate way to file,” said SCDOR Director Hartley Powell. “As we enter the 2020 filing season, we are focused on helping all taxpayers file electronically.”
Visit dor.sc.gov/iit-filing to view all of your filing options. Many South Carolinians are eligible to file online for free with easy-to-use tax preparation software.
Five things to know for the 2020 filing season:
- Filing online with a reputable provider is fast, accurate and secure.
- Make sure you have all W-2s, 1099s and other necessary documents before you file. Using year-end pay stub information instead of official documents could slow down processing.
- Choose direct deposit to avoid waiting for paper check processing. Be sure to double check your banking information.
- Processing your return and refund is expected to take six to eight weeks. Fighting fraud to protect taxpayer dollars is our priority.
- State and federal returns are due April 15, 2020. If you file and pay electronically, you have until May 1, 2020, to submit your return and full payment without penalties or interest. This does not apply to federal returns or returns submitted on paper.
Use the SCDOR’s Where’s My Refund tool at dor.sc.gov/refund to check your most up-to-date refund status 24/7. The SCDOR issued 1.6 million refunds totaling almost $1.67 billion in 2019.