Preparation is key when dealing with any natural disaster. We have compiled a series of important things to know in case of an emergency.
- If you are asked to evacuate PLEASE do so! If your local government believes your county or region is unsafe, please evacuate.
- Leash and Tag all pets. We all love our furry friends and to reduce the chances of losing your pets during the commotion of an evacuation make sure that they remain leashed at all times and have a current address and phone number listed on their ID Tag.
- DO NOT wait until the last second. Evacuation notices are given far in advance to allow the several thousand individuals that will need to relocate time to do so. This means that waiting until the last second to pack up and leave could you stuck in traffic in the middle of a disaster.
- Stock up on necessities. Food, Water, and toiletries can become quite difficult to obtain in the event of a disaster. Stocking up on these items before hand can greatly improve your quality of living while things are sorted out.
- Obtain ALL medications and important documents. If you require any form of medication be sure to pack an ample supply along with any governmental or legal records that may not be very easy to replace. We suggest keeping these items in a water tight container or safe.
Food and bottled water
Medication and Important Documents
Flashlight and batteries
Full tank of gas
First aid kit
Advocating for you!
Many members have contacted SCACPA regarding tax relief due to the evacuations. We started requesting relief shortly after Governor McMaster’s first press conference. It has been difficult to contact the SC Department of Revenue due to the mandatory shutdown; however, we were able to communicate with them and the request has been submitted. We’ve also made a plea directly to the Governor’s office and remain in contact with them.
Federal relief is more difficult and normally occurs after the disaster. Relief comes with FEMA declaring Individual Assistance. We have written a letter to the IRS Commissioner requesting relief and Ken Newhouse, Chair of our Governmental Affairs Committee, has provided a draft letter (below) you can use on behalf of your clients to request relief individually.
Tuesday, September 25
- BREAKING: At the request of Governor Henry McMaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended its disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence to make residents in Chesterfield County eligible to apply for the Individual Assistance program. Residents in Dillon, Horry, Marion, and Marlboro counties were previously made eligible to apply for aid through FEMA.
Thursday, September 20
- Gov. Henry McMaster sent a letter to South Carolina’s congressional delegation on Thursday, requesting their continued support for his request for Federal disaster assistance for an expected $1.2 billion in damages needed for recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence’s historic rainfall.
Wednesday, September 19
- In collaboration with the AICPA, SCACPA will begin requesting changes to Code § 7508A – Authority to postpone certain deadlines by reason of Presidentially declared disaster or terroristic or military actions. These changes are specific to State declared disasters or emergencies and offer greater flexibility in offering relief.
- REQUESTED CHANGE: Upon declaration of a state of emergency or a disaster declaration issued by the Governor of the affected state and request made by the Governor to the Secretary pursuant to the declaration, the Secretary may specify relief in accordance with paragraph (a).
- The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it is providing regulatory relief to accountants, transfer agents, municipal advisors, publicly traded companies, investment companies, and others affected by Hurricane Florence where the loss of property, power, transportation and mail delivery posed challenges for individuals and entities that are required to provide information to the SEC and shareholders.
Tuesday, September 18
- The SCDOR will work with taxpayers, on a case-by-case basis, and will waive any penalties assessed against a taxpayer who cannot meet state filing or payment requirements as a result of Hurricane Florence. Read More
- SCACPA Staff continue to recieve calls from members requesting relief.
- Federal and local legislators have been engaged as we look for a path forward.
- We continue to monitor the FEMA website in hopes of Individual Assistance that will automaticly trigger tax relief.
Monday, September 17
- SCACPA Urges IRS to Consider Paths for Tax Deadline Extensions for Those Under Mandatory Evacuation Orders Read More
- BREAKING: President Trump issued a major federal disaster declaration for the following South Carolina counties: Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Organgeburg and Williamsburg
Saturday, September 15:
- The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently, this only includes parts of North Carolina, but taxpayers in localities added later to the disaster area, including those in other states, will automatically receive the same filing and payment relief. The current list of eligible localities is always available on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.
- The IRS will work with any taxpayer who lives outside the disaster area but whose records necessary to meet a deadline occurring during the postponement period are located in the affected area. Taxpayers qualifying for relief who live outside the disaster area need to contact the IRS at 866-562-5227. This also includes workers assisting the relief activities who are affiliated with a recognized government or philanthropic organization.
- We will continue to monitor the IRS website for updates.
Friday, September 14:
- The SCACPA Office is closing at noon today as we prepare for Hurricane Florence’s impact.
- We will return to normal office hours Monday, September 17.
Thursday, September 13:
- We have learned that the IRS confirmed to the AICPA that a decision on extending the Sept. 17 filing deadline for those affected by mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Florence will come “as quickly as the law allows.” Read more
- BREAKING: The Department of Revenue is actively working on an extension for the September 17 filing deadline.
- Tax preparers and taxpayers affected by the storm will receive an extension on SC filings.
Wednesday, September 12:
- SCACPA CEO Chris Jenkins sent out an e-mail to every member about the developments over the last few days and the steps the organization is planning to make in the next few days.
- After careful consideration between the SCACPA Executive Staff and speakers for tomorrow’s courses, CPE for Thursday, September 13, is scheduled to run as planned.
- If you are evacuating or are unable to attend, we will refund your CPE Bank Hours. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 803.791.4181.
- The SCACPA office doors are open for members.
- If you have evacuated to the Midlands area and need office space, we have ample work space, Internet, printers and power.
- We are your Association and we are here when you need us.
- We are still attempting to get an answer from the SCDOR regarding the need for tax filing extensions.
- Communication is tough because of government offices closures, but we are actively working on getting in touch with the DOR.
- It is important to note that the IRS is unable to extend tax filing deadlines until FEMA makes an Emergency Declaration and grants Individual Assistance.
Tuesday, September 11:
- Lane reversals will begin at 12pm on Tuesday.
- Mandatory evacuation areas at this time include the following counties: Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester; Edisto Beach in Colleton County.
- The SCACPA Office in Cayce is still open and encourages any members evacuating to the Midlands area to make use of our office space if necessary.
- Important deadlines are approaching and we have plenty of work space.
- Our office is located at 1300 12th Street, Suite D, in Cayce.
Monday, September 10:
- Over the weekend, Governor McMaster declared a State of Emergency.
- Gov. McMaster ordered mandatory evacuations for the coast beginning on Tuesday.
- SCACPA Staff made tentative plans for possible Hurricane Florence landfall.
- Executive Staff made the decision to monitor the status of the hurricane and make an official call on Wednesday regarding the status of Thursday’s CPE courses.
- SCACPA reached out to the SCDOR and Governor’s office to express the need for tax filing extensions.