SC Employment Security Commission Fails to Pay Taxes - DatelineCarolina

SC Employment Security Commission Fails to Pay Taxes... Again

Employment Service building on Taylor St. Employment Service building on Taylor St.

By Artisa Ricks

Posted 2:17 PM Feb 25, 2010

South Carolina's Employment Security Commission failed to turn over federal withholding taxes on time. This is the second time the agency had not sent federal taxes to the government.

Earlier this month it was reported the commission did not turn over $16 million dollars in state and federal income taxes withheld from benefit checks between February and May 2009.

The commission faced nearly $1 million dollars in federal penalties. The fine was later reduced to $25,000.

The South Carolina legislature has been discussing problems with the agency over charges of mismanagement. Wednesday the state Senate approved a bill that replaces the current 3-member commission that oversees South Carolina's jobless benefits and replace it with a governor-appointed director.  The move would give the governor direct control over management of the troubled agency. 

The commissioners would be reduced to hearing officers at lesser salaries and current commissioners would be allowed to re-apply for those jobs.

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