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S.C. gas tax increases July 1

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from S.C. Department of Revenue
South Carolina’s motor fuel user fee, which helps support road, bridge and infrastructure work in South Carolina, increases two cents per gallon beginning July 1. 
The increase is part of the S.C. Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act passed by the General Assembly in 2017, which raises the fee by two cents each July until 2022 when it reaches 28 cents. 
This number does not include the inspection fee (a quarter of a cent) and the environmental impact fee (a half-cent), which have not changed and are still applied to motor fuel.
Motor Fuel Tax Credit
Beginning in 2019 for the 2018 tax year, S.C. taxpayers can claim a credit for the lesser of the maintenance fees they paid during the year on their vehicles or what they paid in the increased motor fuel user fee.
Preliminary S.C. Department of Revenue data shows that 120,585 taxpayers took advantage of the credit this year, receiving $1.8 million in credits, below the $40 million cap set by lawmakers for the credit’s first year.
The average credit per return was $23.65, while the average credit per taxpayer was $15.21, according to the data. The average credit is expected to rise next year because of the increased Motor Fuel User Fee.
For details on the motor fuel user fee and income tax credit, visit dor.sc.gov.