Thanks to the $61 million in tax dollars generated by the winning $1.5 billion 2018 Mega Millions ticket, South Carolina lawmakers determined the funds would go toward $50 rebate checks for more than 1 million qualifying taxpayers.
The South Carolina Department of Revenue will issue the $50 as paper checks by Dec. 2. They will be mailed to the most recent address the DOR has on file for eligible taxpayers, which is likely the address on your 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return.
The SCDOR released “Information Letter 19-24: $50 Tax Refund (Rebate) for Eligible 2018 Tax Returns” on Oct. 8. This three-page letter provides taxpayers with information regarding the rebate, including eligibility for the rebate, issuance of rebate check, and related tax issues.
Updates on the timeframe for issuing and mailing rebate checks to qualifying taxpayers will be posted on dor.sc.gov/rebate.
To qualify for the $50 rebate, you must have:
- Filed a 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return (SC1040) on or before Oct. 15, 2019, and
- South Carolina Individual Income Tax liability after credits of at least $50.
Only one check will be sent per tax return, so married couples who filed a joint return will receive one $50 check.
If you have moved since you filed your 2018 return: Those who meet the qualifications and have moved or have a new mailing address since filing a 2018 return should notify the DOR of your new address as soon as possible. Those who fail to notify the SCDOR by Oct. 15 can expect it to take longer to receive the rebate check. The SCDOR offers two ways to update your address:
- Use MyDORWAY, the SCDOR’s free online tax portal, at MyDORWAY.dor.sc.gov.
- If you have a MyDORWAY account, log in and click the Names and Addresses tab to change your address.
- To create a MyDORWAY account, visit dor.sc.gov/MyDORWAY-signup. You will need your 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return for information to verify your identity.
- Or, complete Part I of the SC8822 and:
Non-residents (taxpayers who do not live in South Carolina) who filed a 2018 South Carolina Individual Income Tax Return and meet the eligibility criteria will also receive a $50 rebate.
Media reports estimate that South Carolina’s mailing and handling costs to send the checks will be around $700,000.
Learn more about the $50 rebate and how to find out if you qualify at dor.sc.gov/rebate.