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What Triggers Nexus in South Carolina?

Not sure what triggers nexus in South Carolina? The rules are similar to other states with a few exceptions. You can find the rules in South Carolina Revenue Ruling #14-4. Here are some of the highlights.

What Does Trigger Nexus

If you maintain a physical location in the state, store business property, maintain an inventory or operate a distribution facility, you have triggered nexus.

Additionally, you have nexus if you sell property to South Carolina residents from outside the state, or sell and deliver software via some physical means like a flash drive, tape, or disk. If the software was delivered via email or downloaded from a website, that does not trigger nexus.

If you have employees in the state including independent contractors, trainers, tech support representatives, call center representatives located in the state, or an employee visits the state 4 or more times in a year, you’ve triggered nexus.

If you make sales over the Internet and your website is hosted on a server located in South Carolina, you probably triggered nexus. Finally, if you hold two or more one-day seminars in the state, you guessed it -- nexus.

What Does Not Trigger Nexus

If you hold some kind of certificate of authority to conduct business in the state, you have a bank account in the state, you’re listed in a local telephone book, or you have a local phone number forwarding to your business in another state, you have not triggered nexus. You have to actually conduct business in the state before you can be taxed.

If you mail catalogs to a South Carolina resident or you’re an Internet retailer advertising on a website whose owner is located in the state or you sell digital content like music or video that South Carolina residents download, you’re exempt from nexus.

There are other less common activities that don’t trigger nexus as well.

To read more about the less common nexus triggers, Revenue Ruling #14-4. You can also read more about nexus in South Carolina by going to the Department of Revenue page dealing with the topic.

Sales tax rates, rules, and regulations change frequently. Although we hope you'll find this information helpful, this blog is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or tax advice.
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Tim Parker
Avalara Author Tim Parker