Consumer News: Motor Fuel User Fee goes up tomorrow, Sales Tax Holiday Weekend coming up and more

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COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Starting tomorrow, drivers across the state will see an extra two cents tacked on to gas prices, as part of the state’s Motor Fuel User Fee, which helps support road, bridge and infrastructure construction across the state. Officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue announced starting July 1, the fee will rise from 26 to 28 cents a gallon. This is the sixth and final year for the increase.

South Carolina tax payers can claim a credit to help offset the increase. Officials advise you to save your gas and car maintenance receipts.

For more information, visit dor.sc.gov.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– We’re all in need of a little good news these days, and the State Department of Revenue is giving us just that. Mark your calendars for the annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend, which takes place Friday, August 5-Sunday, August 7. You can buy eligible items without paying the state’s 6% sales tax for the 72-hour period. You can purchase clothing, school supplies and even computers. Items like smartphones, jewelry and furniture, however, are not tax free. The Department of Revenue says South Carolina shoppers bought nearly $25 million in tax-free items during last years sales tax holiday.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Starting Friday, a relief program aimed to help South Carolina residents during the COVID-19 pandemic is ending. The South Carolina Department of Revenue says relief offered to out-of-state employers on the state’s requirements for tax withholding ends Thursday. The relief was aimed at employees who normally traveled out of state for work and temporarily began working from home during the pandemic. The targeted relief began in May 2020. Starting Friday, employers will need to withhold taxes from wages for every employee who works in the state.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce says there was a slight uptick in the number of South Carolinians that filed for first time unemployment insurance benefits last week. From June 19-25, SCDEW says 1,889 claims were filed, an increase from the 1,846 reported the previous week. Last week, SCDEW says 6,911 claimants received an average benefit of $285.71. Since March 15, 2020, SCDEW says it has paid out a total of $6,642,369,438.79 to claimants. To see SCDEW’s full data dashboard, visit www.dew.sc.gov/data-and-statistics/data-dashboard.

ABC NEWS– Inflation is hitting everyone hard, especially people in the market for a new car. If you’re car shopping, ABC’s Alexis Chirstoforous has some tips to try to help you save money.

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