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SC Government General Information Number

To find phone numbers for State of South Carolina government offices call: (803) 896-0000.

 

Secretary of State

If you plan to incorporate your business, operate as a partnership, or as a limited liability company you will need to notify the Secretary of State to file your assumed name or the name you will be doing business under. An Attorney must do filing for incorporation in South Carolina.

Corporate Charter

 

(803) 734-2158

Trademarks/Service Marks

 

(803) 734-2170

The Secretary of State Office — conduct business name searches and download LLC forms

 

www.scsos.com

Trademark Searches

 

www.uspto.gov

Trademark Assistance Center

 

(803) 308-9000

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Sales and Use Tax Permit

Sales and Use Tax Permits are issued by the Department of Revenue and Taxation. They are required if collecting sales tax. www.sctax.org Form SCTC-111 (One time $50.00 fee.)

Charleston Office: (843) 852-3600

Initial Licensing: (803) 898-5872

Quarterly Returns: (803) 898-5872

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SC State Retail License

Enables a retailer to purchase tax-free. Anyone selling any kind of product needs to obtain this license when securing your sales and use tax permit. Form SCTC-111

Charleston Office: (843) 852-3600

Tax Commission: (803) 898-5872

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Department of Revenue and Taxation

For information on State Income Tax regulations call 852-3600.

Employers are typically responsible for state collections and payments:

  • State income tax withheld from employees wages. Proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations with employees are required to file state tax reports.
  • State Unemployment Tax (SUTA).

Contact the department of Revenue on-line at www.sctax.org

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SC Employment Security Commission

If you will be hiring anyone in your business you must notify the ESC. They will inform you of what forms you need to file with their agency. www.sces.org

Charleston: (843) 792-7046

Columbia: 1550 Gadsen Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 737-2400

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Workman’s Compensation

Contact your local insurance agent or www.wcc.state.sc.us

SC Workman’s Compensation Office: (803) 737-5700

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Alcohol Beverage Service

If you will be serving or selling alcoholic beverages in the course of doing business you must contact these agencies:

www.sctax.org

Department of Revenue & Taxation (formerly Alcoholic Beverage Control): (803) 898-5864

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Treasury Department
1835 Assembly St, Room 1410, Columbia, SC 29201
Permits: (803) 765-5722

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Day Care Licensing

Anyone conducting business involving groups of seniors or children must contact this office to satisfy State requirements. www.state.sc.us/dss

SC Department of Social Services: (803) 898-7345

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Food or Cosmetic Related Businesses

If your business will involve the production or packaging of food or cosmetics you must contact:

Dept of Agriculture
PO Box 11280
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 737-9700

Food & Drug Administration
334 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 896-0640

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State of South Carolina Occupational & Professional Licensing Boards

www.llr.state.sc.us

All numbers are in the (803) Area Code:

General Information

 

896-4300

Accountancy

 

896-4492

Architectural Examiners

 

896-4408

Audiologists

 

896-4650

Chiropractic Examiners

 

896-4587

Construction Contractors (Commercial)

 

896-4686

Cosmetology

 

896-4494

Counselors & Family Therapists

 

734-4244

Dentistry

 

896-4599

Engineers & Land Surveyors

 

896-4422

Environmental Certification Board

 

896-4430

Funeral Service

 

896-4497

Long Term Residential Care

 

896-4544

Nursing

 

896-4550

Optometry

 

896-4679

Pharmacy

 

896-4700

Physical Therapy

 

896-4655

Pyrotechnic Safety Board

 

896-4420

Real Estate

 

896-4400

Residential Builders Commission
(includes specialty contractors)

 

896-4696

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