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ESAs are Taxable Income … Death Knell for S 556?



We have been preaching this for years now … ever since the “paid” special interest advocates pushed for a direct refundable parental tax credit … these payments are likely TAXABLE INCOME!!!

This week the Republican Attorney General & Republican Commissioner of Education found that the newly passed Education Savings Account (ESA) program in Tennessee would be TAXABLE INCOME to the parent recipients. (NOTE: Although the Tennessee ESA is currently the law, it was a major debacle getting it passed. It won by one vote, a Republican that only voted yes if they promised to keep ESAs OUT of his district … so the program is only in 2 out of 95 counties in TN and the school districts get reimbursed 100% for each kid that leaves … so the state is paying DOUBLE for those kids in the program … so it wasn’t “really” passed and like Nevada, our bet is it will be killed before it is ever implemented – costing taxpayers millions in the process.)

But you don’t have to take our word for it … watch and read the articles yourself.

Reporter Richard Ransom asks …. “Were lawmakers mislead? Were they lied to?” Our experience … YES!!!

The IRS rules are pretty simple … if you get a check from state government … you must provide that person with an IRS Form 1099-G … period!!!

What does this have to do with South Carolina? Well, do you get a refundable parental tax credit? Well, is that taxable income? We think it is … and that is why we opposed it. SC legislators can make the payment free from SC state income tax … but they have NO influence on making it FEDERALLY tax free. That is the reason NO OTHER STATE IN THE NATION has such a large refundable parental tax credit. Others states are not stupid … they know (like Tennessee has figured out) that these direct payments from state government is a tax problem. There are a few states with small $100 or $200 refundable education tax credits … and yes they are taxable too … but that is nothing like an $11,000 refundable parental tax credit. That is a HUGE tax bill.

And as other articles point out … this impacts the poor the most. Yes wealthy parents may get a $37% federal income tax bill … yes, keep hoping you don’t get audited by the IRS … but for low income families that might be subject to income limitations on their benefits, food stamps, ACA healthcare … this extra “income” may cost you more than you actually receive.

SC Legislators are aware of this problem … we have told them … but the “paid” special interest sing a different story. Well, what do they have to say now? Guess who has been WRONG almost every time … the “paid” special interest advocates. #FollowTheMoney!!!

Remember Palmetto Promise Institutes “Bigger. Better. Faster.” proclamation … read it HERE. These guys have no idea what they are talking about.

“This is a worst-case scenario for students, their families, the school districts and the state.” – TN STATE SENATOR RAUMESH AKBARI

For Parents

Parental Tax Credit – GET READY!!!



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

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

Questions about the 2020 Parental Refundable Credit? Contact the SCDOR at


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Exceptional SC Legal Status EXPIRED … AGAIN!!!



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)

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“Only” $63,115 Raised in November!!!



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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