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SC Farmers have a new way to show their eligibility for certain sales tax exemptions.

The South Carolina Farm Tax Exemption Card will replace a paper form, the ST-8F, that farmers had to complete to receive sales tax exemptions for items used in agricultural production.

After April 1, retailers will no longer accept the paper form, according to a press release from the SC Department of Agriculture. Shoppers will instead show the plastic SCATE card or key fob when making exempt purchases, which will remain the same.

“Farmers have asked us to modernize the sales tax exemption process, and the new SCATE card we have developed will do just that,” SC Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said in the statement. . “I would like to thank Senate Finance Chairman Harvey Peeler for his support of this new venture.”

SCATE card applications are available at Requests will need a tax ID, valid email address, and credit card or checking account number to pay the $24 card fee.

Cards expire three years from date of issue.

“We are pleased to assist the Department of Agriculture with this enhancement, which makes the exemption process easier for farmers and retailers,” said SC Department of Revenue Director Hartley Powell.

SCDOR requires retailers to retain proof of exempt sales, including the SCATE card number, and report exempt sales.
For more information, including the full list of tax exemptions, email [email protected] or call 803-734-2210.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.