South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster Signs Bill into Law Exempting Military Retirement Pay From Income Tax

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022 9:05 AM

With Governor Henry McMaster signing H. 3247 into law on Friday, May 13, South Carolina is now one of more than three dozen states that exempt military retiree pay from taxation.

The law is effective beginning tax years after 2021 making military retiree pay 100-percent exempt from state income tax with no earned-income cap. Prior to the passage of the bill, a portion of a military retiree’s income was taxed with only partial exemptions in place.

Governor Henry McMaster first proposed the tax cut for military retirees in January of 2018. The legislation will incentivize Service Members transitioning from active duty to retirement to live, work, or consider relocating to South Carolina.

We’re doing everything we can to incentivize our nation’s heroic veterans to live, work, and raise their families here in S.C.,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “For years, we have fought to eliminate all state income taxes on their retirement pay. I’m proud to have finally signed a bill into law that will make that a reality. This is just one more way we can thank our Veterans for their sacrifice, and it adds to the long list of things that makes South Carolina the most military-friendly state in the country.”

Currently there are approximately 62,627 military retirees residing in the Palmetto State. South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Will Grimsley is a supporter of the Workforce Enhancement & Military Recognition Act (H.3247) and believes it will increase the overall number of Veterans who want to remain in our state once they retire.

“The passage of this legislation is a major win not just for military retirees and their Families, but also for our state’s economy that seeks to recruit qualified military Veterans to move or remain in South Carolina and contribute their skills to its thriving workforce. Retiring Service Members and their Families bring years of experience as leaders, know how to build teams to solve challenges, and they consider a diverse workforce as the norm. The human capital investment in South Carolina is invaluable, and the signing of this bill is the right incentive to recruit and retain military retirees in our state."

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