SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Public Affairs Office Phone (803) 898-5464
Contact: Danny Brazell Fax (803) 898-5446
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 4, 2003
Revenue Department to re-open Myrtle Beach office
The South Carolina Department of Revenue today announced plans to re-open a taxpayer service center in the Myrtle Beach area by the end of the year.
The full-service tax assistance office will be located at 1330 Howard Parkway in South Park Village. The re-opening of the office is a cooperative effort between the Department of Revenue, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and the Department of Motor Vehicles. DMV is providing use of the building to the Department of Revenue at no cost.
The Myrtle Beach office was one of four district offices closed by the Department of Revenue in 2001 because of budget cuts. The other locations closed were in Aiken, Beaufort and Spartanburg. The Department also has taxpayer service centers in Charleston, Florence, Greenville and Rock Hill.
“Because of the high demand for tax services in Horry County by businesses involved in the tourism industry, we always held out hope that we could re-open our Myrtle Beach taxpayer service center once the money was available,” said Department of Revenue Director Burnet R. Maybank. “But the Department of Public Safety and DMV, with their generous offer to allow us to
use their building rent-free, have given us the opportunity to re-open that office much sooner than expected.”
The new office will be located in the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base redevelopment area called South Park Village. The Department of Public Safety had previously purchased the building to use as a DMV office. However, legislation this year made DMV a separate cabinet agency no longer under Public Safety control and plans to open a DMV office there have been put on hold. Public Safety and DMV agreed to allow the Department of Revenue to use the vacant building for three years rent-free. At the end of that period, the state agencies will re-evaluate the agreement. The South Carolina Department of Corrections also will assist the Department of Revenue in making renovations in the new office.
“This is a perfect example of what we need more of in state government,” Gov. Mark Sanford said. “Agencies working together to identify ways to save money and provide better value to taxpayers is a critical component of what this administration is all about.”
The Myrtle Beach taxpayer service center, tentatively scheduled to open sometime in December, will provide all Revenue Department Services and will be open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Department will staff the office with current employees and no additional employees will be hired. There are no immediate plans to re-open any of the other offices.
Media Advisory: South Carolina Representative Alan Clemmons, (R) - Horry County, who has been instrumental in assisting the Department of Revenue in re-opening the Myrtle Beach taxpayer service center, and Department of Revenue Director Burnet R. Maybank III, will hold a press conference Monday, Sept. 8, 2 p.m., at the location of the new DOR office, 1330 Howard Parkway, South Park Village, Myrtle Beach. The speakers will address any questions the media may have about the new DOR office at that time.