When Congress approved a major budget deal early Friday morning, it included a small tweak that will have a huge impact for South Carolina’s eligibility for an $89 billion pool of Hurricane Irma federal disaster relief.

Previously, the terms of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 were for a range of dates that did not take into account for when South Carolina received presidential approval for federal disaster assistance.

Friday’s amendment – which provides $89 billion in overdue disaster relief that will be shared by hurricane-ravaged Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico – makes the disaster relief provisions within

“Title II – Tax Relief for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria” applicable to those impacted in South Carolina.

The amendment reads:
IRMA DISASTER AREAS. – Subsections (a)(2) and (b)(2) of section 501 of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (Public Law 115–63; 131 Stat. 1173) are both amended by striking ‘‘September 21, 2017’’ and inserting ‘‘October 17, 2017’’.

President Trump made his major disaster declaration for South Carolina on Oct. 16, 2017. Irma landed as a Tropical Storm in South Carolina on Sept. 11, 2017, with 72 mph wind gusts recorded on Folly Beach. Public safety officials blamed Irma for five deaths across the state. Friday’s agreement, which ended a brief overnight government shutdown, sets budget numbers for the next two fiscal years. However, lawmakers will be up against another deadline to extend the terms on March 23.

SCACPA thanks our legislators for working with us to create awareness of this issue and offering a timely solution. Continue to look here for updates on further rulings pertaining to Irma disaster relief.