Posted By Alan Donald @ Aug 23rd 2018 9:44am In: Taxes

When people are considering a move from another state or country to South Carolina, one of the questions they ask is what the tax rates are in the state.

Sales tax (called VAT or value-added tax in some places) is charged on consumption of goods (and only SOME services). 

In South Carolina, the basic sales tax rate is 6%. In addition municipalities have the right to add local municipal taxes, so the total sales tax varies by city, and will range from 6% to 9%.

Here are the total sales tax for the main cities in SC (source:

SC Sales Tax Rates

What is Taxable?

Services in South Carolina are generally not taxable. So if you’re a freelance writer, graphic designer or a plumber, you’re in luck and you don’t have to worry about sales tax. But if the service you provide includes creating or manufacturing a product, you may have to charge sales tax on your products.

Tangible products are taxable in South Carolina , with a few exceptions. These exceptions include certain groceries, prescription medicine and medical devices, and machinery and chemicals used in research and development. (source:

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