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Montana Single SFO found UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Why … only one SFO for donors to select from … just like (not so) Exceptional SC?

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We have been saying this for years … (not so) Exceptional SC has an UNCONSTITUTIONAL problem … and it is A BIG ONE and DONORS, especially corporate donors, know it!!! 

Why else do you think the “special interest” are trying to push through a 100% GOVERNMENT CONTROLLED Education Savings Account bill (ESA)? 

As soon as the SC program, which is technically MUCH WORSE / RISKIER than the one in Montana is found UNCONSTITUTIONAL as well … the SC Program will have to go back to INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS and the monied “special interest” and government bureaucrats lose all their control and $$$$.  #FollowTheMoney!!!

US SUPREME COURT PROTECTION:  As we have reported in the past, one of the greatest LEGAL protections we have for these programs is the US Supreme Court ruling in Arizona Christian School Tuition Org. v. Winn, 563 U.S. 125, 131 S. Ct. 1436 (2011).  That case basically says that if you have MULTIPLE INDEPENDENT NON-PROFITS … then they CAN NOT BE SUED over these unconstitutional claims.  This case protects ALL the K-12 Tax Credit Scholarship programs and has been used to defeat legal challenges all over the country.  It is GREAT and it is one reason why K-12 Tax Credit Programs are the GRANDDADDY of school choice!!!

But this US Supreme Court protection is WORTHLESS to us when you have #1 only one SFO (like in Montana) and #2 the Government runs the one SFO (like in South Carolina).  Here is what the Montana Supreme Court said:

(For the Courts full opinion, click HERE.) Espinoza v. Mont. Dep’t of Revenue, 2018 MT 306 (Mont., 2018)

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CAUSE THIS:  And yes, just like here in SC, guess who caused this problem in Montana … their DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE.  We have been telling everyone for years, and senior legislators have confirmed this to us, that the SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE is “POLITICALLY” opposed to school choice generally and this program specifically.  Montana is just another example.

IT IS CLEAR … legally & administratively … (no so) Exceptional SC is a failure:  

Friends & School Officials, this is only going to get MUCH WORSE.  S 131 / H 3202 will END all this mess!!!  Focus on students .. not “special interest”.

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$8 MILLION “lost” by (not so) Exceptional SC!!!

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Well, the final numbers are in for 2020. 

Exceptional SC raised “only” $4,045,107.80 (out of the available $12 MILLION) in 2020.

As such … $8 MILLION has been lost forever … AGAIN!!!  Exceptional SC “lost” $7.45 MILLION in 2019!!!

THE BANK STATEMENT:  We were able to get the bank statements this past week via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. 

These bank statements revealed (among other things) that $2.1 MILLION was from one donor.  Had it not been for the generosity of this one donor … it would have been even more disastrous.

Palmetto Kids FIRST Donor:  And no … this $2.1 million donor was not a huge victory for (not so) Exceptional SC.  This was a Palmetto Kids FIRST donor we first brought to the table in 2014. 

Exceptional SC is still living off all the work the “independent non-profits” did and not adding any new value to the situation.

Nothing has changed for the better … 

Independent Non-Profits … just like every other state … is the ONLY solution!!!

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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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