South Carolina business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in South Carolina?

South Carolina has consistently attracted new enterprises due to business-friendly tax laws such as having no property taxes, no local income taxes, and no sales taxes on industrial power/manufacturing equipment. In addition, corporations pay a lower-than-average 5 percent income tax. Michelin, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sonoco, and AVX are just a few of the major corporations in South Carolina.

South Carolina requires that all companies get a business license. However, the state has different requirements for people who want to operate a retail, service-based, or wholesale business.

Failing to get the proper license or neglecting to get a business license in South Carolina could lead to the state shutting down your business. In fact, that's not even the worst penalty a non-compliant business owner can face in South Carolina. Recently, for example, the owner of a retail business in Barnwell, SC was issued an arrest warrant and charged with running a business without the required license.

State facts

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Carolina is second to California in overall peach production. Johnston calls itself the “Peach Capital of the world.”

  • The first tea farm in the U.S. was created in 1890 near Summerville, South Carolina.

  • At 1,200 acres, the world’s largest ginkgo farm is in Sumter, South Carolina.

State Rates

South Carolina sales tax rates updated monthly

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Learn more about business licenses

Connect with Avalara to learn more about the licenses your business may require.