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Racism? Favoritism? Or BOTH??

That is what we get with a Government Run Program.

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Government involvement in School Choice.

In 2016 DOR “accused” Palmetto Kids FIRST of “favoritism”. Why? Because 100% of ALL applicants received 100% scholarships.  How to you favor anyone when EVERYONE that applied got a full scholarship?

Well DOR accused us of “favoritism” because a few parents (amounting to 2.8% of the entire $12 million we had raised at the time … a de minimis amount) had donated to PKF … and those parents had also received scholarships. Realize however that EVERY OTHER STATE with a similar K-12 tax credit program allows parents to donate … and there was no prohibition in the law against parents donated. Plus, when we asked DOR to tell us if parents could or could not donate … DOR flat REFUSED to tell us either way. One powerful Democratic State Senator on the sub-committee overseeing the program actually told us it might be illegal to refuse to accept donations from parents.

DOR … which we have been told politically opposed the program … put us in a situation where we were damned if we did, and damned if we didn’t … we think on purpose. Why? So certain legislators opposed to school choice were able to take the opportunity to take over the program because DOR said PKF as the biggest part of the program (85%) was showing favortism.

The irony … those same legislators game the program to the SC Department of Revenue to run … and guess what …. the ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO DONATE!!! So DOR now does the exact same thing they chastised us for doing.

Exceptional SC FAQ
PKF did the same thing and DOR said it was “favoritism”

WE SHOWED NO FAVORITISM … obviously … yet DOR lied and their ethically and professional conflicted “3rd party CPA” who was the BOARD CHAIRMAN of one of our biggest political opponents at the time confirmed DOR’s lies.  DOR had the legal authority to easily shut us down if we were doing anything wrong or illegal, but they would not because we did nothing wrong! If they did shut us down then we would go to court and PROVE them wrong.  If our claim was not true, why won’t DOR sue us now for defamation / lying???  Because if they do, then we go to court and prove them wrong.

And what has DOR gotten us? We are now dealing with the nation’s ONLY GOVERNMENT RUN K-12 Tax Credit Scholarship Program … and it failing.

We have complained for years about “information” not being available to all schools … a complete lack of transparency … and stated that if you are lucky enough to have a “friend” on the (not so) Ethical … we mean (not so) Exceptional SC Board … you probably get all the info you need on how to apply, when to expect funding, how much, etc., etc., etc.   Looks like we were right.

The 2017-2018 SC DOR Report, in our opinion, demonstrates undeniable FAVORITISM … and perhaps even RACISM and RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE!?!?! Check it out for yourself:

(For Full Reports, Click 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 )

THE WINNERS???  Three of the top money winners have seats on the (not so) Exceptional SC Board.  At least one of Chairman Tom Persons‘ grandchild goes to Christ Church (#1 winner) and reportedly his daughter works there.  Chairman Tom Persons is also the former Board Chairman at The Chandler School (#3 winner). His fellow Board Member, Betsy Fanning, is the Head of School at Trident Academy (#4 winner).

INCUMBENTS???  And for a program that by law is supposed to give priority to “incumbents” … how does Heathwood Hall … one of the wealthiest school in the state … go from ZERO dollars & ZERO incumbents … to $59,769 and 16 scholarship recipients  in two years? That is impressive … just not “right”.  #FollowTheMoney 

THE LOSERS???  Well, just check out the bottom of the list.  Our big “full time” special needs schools and schools with large special needs programs all lost substantial amounts of funding. SC’s only two African American private schools (that we know of) … and all three of SC’s Jewish schools … also were major losers with disproportionate funding cuts. Coincidence?

A new report is due in January 2020 … it will probably take a while to get it … but we will stay on it until we have it!

For Parents

Parental Tax Credit – GET READY!!!

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It is finally here … the 2020 parental tax credit “race”!!!

Next FRIDAY, JANUARY 15TH … at 8:30AM sharp!!!

GET READY … and don’t be late.  We expect the entire $2 MILLION to be claimed within minutes!!!

YES … MINUTES … so prepare yourself and type fast.

THE PROCESS: The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Parental Refundable Tax Credit on January 15, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. A new tutorial is available to help you with the new submission process. Learn more below. 

What you need to know:

  • You must submit your Parental Refundable Credit application online using the SCDOR’s free and secure tax portal, MyDORWAY. The SCDOR will not accept paper, faxed, or emailed applications.
  • A new tutorial is available to show you how to submit your application through MyDORWAY. Prepare now by watching the tutorial.
  • Details about the application and the application process are available at dor.sc.gov/exceptional-sc.

What you need to do:

  • Sign up for MyDORWAY now so you’ll be ready to submit your application on January 15, 2021.
  • If you’re new to MyDORWAY, sign up information and tutorials are available at dor.sc.gov/MyDORWAY.

Questions about the 2020 Parental Refundable Credit? Contact the SCDOR at TaxTech@dor.sc.gov.


VIDEO TUTORIAL – HOW TO APPLY:

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Exceptional SC Legal Status EXPIRED … AGAIN!!!

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Seriously … can this be happening again??? 

Granted, I am a tax attorney / CPA … so I think about these things all the time … and one of the VERY FIRST THINGS they teach us “tax people” is BEFORE YOUR CLIENT DONATES TO A NON-PROFIT … check their legal status.  If not all in order, and you let your client donate … it could be LEGAL MALPRACTICE!!!

First you check that the non-profit is actually an IRS approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit … and then you check the Secretary of State’s Office to verify the organization’s legal status is current.

(not so) Exceptional SCs Status?  EXPIRED … AGAIN!!!

Why, Why, Why???  Remember this from JANUARY 2020 … we mocked the incompetency back then … but no, the #FireTheBoard!!! at (not so) Exceptional SC let their legal status expire AGAIN!!! 

Board Malpractice!!!

Legal Status Expired in January 2020 & AGAIN in December 2020

This says it all … WE know how to FIX ALL OF THIS … but the (not so) Exceptional SC Board won’t do anything … won’t talk … won’t meet … just blame others.  STOP THE INSANITY!!!!

Jeff Davis, JD, MBA, CPA (GA)
Board Chairman
843-501-1842 (PKF Office)
843-901-8036 (cell)
info@palmettokidsFIRST.org

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“Only” $63,115 Raised in November!!!

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Well, it is not getting any better.  (not so) Exceptional SC only raised $63,114.78 in November … another huge FAILURE!!!

In November 2019 … as bad as that year was … they raised $427,000. 

Donors have ZERO confidence in the Board at (not so) Exceptional SC … especially after they apparently let the now fired executive director Chad Connelly EMBEZZEL MONEY from the organization … from kids scholarships … and still trying to sweep it under the rug. 

Would you donate to these guys … or as a CPA tell your clients to donate to them?!?!?  It is NEVER going to get better with (not so) Exceptional SC!!!

It is not getting better folks … and the BOARD at (not so) Exceptional SC is still silent.
 

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