Reasoning that a proposed business license tax would place Orangeburg County at a distinct disadvantage, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts recently released a statement urging county council leaders to reconsider.
Calling the concept both “burdensome” and “bad,” Pitts vocalized the concerns of constituents who would, if required to pay for authorization to operate their commercial enterprises, be unofficially — but nevertheless inequitably — penalized in comparison to surrounding areas, which do not impose such a fee.
“The business license tax, under consideration by the Orangeburg County Council, is not only burdensome for businesses to comply with because of the process, but is also bad because it taxes gross revenue whether you make a profit or not,” Pitts said in his statement, articulating what he perceived to be the plan’s economic shortcoming. “Orangeburg is on the cusp of an economic boom, but adding a new tax on business is sure to have a negative impact. This tax directly targets small, family-owned businesses already struggling to make ends meet.”
The Orangeburg County Council convened this month [July 6] to hear citizens’ input and held a second gathering [July 17]. Three readings are mandated before the ordinance can be enacted.