Maintaining, managing, and paying tax liens can be cumbersome for businesses, particularly when multiple counties are involved.
In an effort to streamline the process for employers, the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) will implement a statewide online tax lien registry for filing and indexing state tax liens May 3 (South Carolina Statute S.C. Code § 12-54-122). This means employers will only need to work with DEW to get Unemployment Insurance issued lien(s) satisfied rather than working with each county directly.
- After April 30, 2021, counties will no longer receive state tax liens, satisfactions, or expungements from DEW.
- Once DEW’s tax lien registry is implemented, the clerks of courts and registers of deeds are relieved of any statutory obligations for filing and maintaining old or new state tax liens.
Instructions on how to access DEW’s tax lien registry must be posted in each county where liens are generally filed.
Please direct any employer tax lien registry questions to 1-866-831-1724 and follow the prompts for employers or through the SUITS self-service portal.