SC businesses could be hit with a tax ‘bazooka’ for firing any unvaccinated worker | Palmetto Politics

COLUMBIA — Private businesses that fire anyone for not taking the COVID vaccine could be required to pay $30,000 extra in taxes for every worker on their payroll in South Carolina under a bill sent to the Senate floor. 

The only exemption would be for employers that have to require vaccination to get or keep a federal contract due to White House mandates. They could seek a waiver through the state’s unemployment agency. 

Otherwise, private businesses would be hit with a hefty surcharge on their unemployment insurance taxes that applies to their entire workforce — equal to 10 times the state’s highest rate, or roughly $7,500 per employee — for four years. 

SC senators advance 'attention getter' to deter COVID vaccine mandates

“Wait! What?” said Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Little River, after Senate staff clarified the bill’s penalty to him.

“That’s not a stick! That’s a bazooka!” 

Senate Finance Chairman Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, said he recognized changes will be necessary,

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