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Further arrests made in tax refund fraud investigation

Two men were arrested Tuesday by SC Department of Revenue officials following an ongoing investigation into an income tax refund scam in the Charleston area. Luther Smalls and Smarty Campbell, both of Mount Pleasant, SC, were detained at the Charleston County Detention Center for separate charges of assisting in the preparation of a false return […]

SC Department of Revenue arrests Hilton Head timeshare agent

Leigh Anne Hoppe was arrested today for failure to file state income tax returns for years 2007, 2008 and 2009. Hoppe, 48, is a timeshare agent in Hilton Head and earned income of $190,465 during years 2007 – 2009 with a tax liability of $8,944. Hoppe was required to file a South Carolina income tax […]

Charleston man arrested for income tax fraud

A Mount Pleasant man is being held at the Charleston County Detention Center following his arrest today for one count of assisting in the preparation of a false return and one count of forgery. Robert Vanderhorst, IV, 25, is currently being held pending a bond hearing and if charged, could face penalties of up to […]

SCDOR arrests Mt. Pleasant man for tax fraud, forgery

Darcell Lockwood was arrested today by SCDOR investigators for assisting in the preparation of a fraudulent return and forgery. Lockwood, 36, is currently being held at the Charleston County Detention Center pending a bond hearing. The Mount Pleasant Police Department assisted with the arrest. The arrest follows an ongoing investigation of a tax refund scam […]

IRS Offers Tips on How to Fix Errors Made on Your Tax Return

If you discover an error after you file your tax return, you can correct it by amending your return. Here are 10 tips from the Internal Revenue Service about amending your federal tax return: 1. When to amend a return Generally, you should file an amended return if your filing status, number of dependents, total […]

Job Search Expenses Can be Tax Deductible

Summertime is the season that often leads to major life decisions, such as buying a home, moving or a job change. If you are looking for a new job that is in the same line of work, you may be able to deduct some of your job hunting expenses on your federal income tax return. […]

SCDOR arresting more individuals involved in Mt. Pleasant refund scam

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) is currently investigating a tax refund scam involving numerous individuals in the Mt. Pleasant and Charleston area, and another arrest was made this morning. Tameka Coakley was arrested today for one count of assisting in the preparation of a false tax return and one count of forgery. If […]

First weekend in August: South Carolina “Sales Tax Holiday”

Columbia, SC — Less than a month away in South Carolina is the annual Sales Tax Holiday – the state’s popular three-day sales and use tax break on traditional back-to-school purchases. The 13th annual Sales Tax Holiday, which was implemented in 2000, will begin Friday, August 3 at 12:01 a.m. and tax-exempt purchases can be […]

Special Tax Benefits for Armed Forces Personnel

Military personnel and their families face unique life challenges with their duties, expenses and transitions. The IRS wants active members of the U.S. Armed Forces to be aware of all the special tax benefits that are available to them. Here are 10 of those special tax benefits: 1. Moving Expenses If you are a member […]

A Lesson from the IRS for Students Starting a Summer Job

School’s out, but the IRS has another lesson for students who will be starting summer jobs. Summer jobs represent an opportunity for students to learn about the tax system. Not all of the money they earn will be included in their paychecks because their employer must withhold taxes. Here are six things the IRS wants […]