As the new year begins, many people are experiencing changes due to laws that went into effect January 1, 2019.
There will be changes to what crimes are eligible for expungement which means South Carolinians with criminal records will have the opportunity to have minor offenses erased from their record, and those with multiple offenses can have their record expunged if the crimes are considered connected. This will allow for South Carolinians with a criminal record to have more employment opportunities as well. Read more about the new criminal record expungement law here.
Wondering why you’re paying 2 cents more per gallon of gas? In July 2017, the SC motor fuel user fee increased and has a planned increase of 2 cents every year for the next five years. The money raised by this increase will be used towards repairing and maintaining the South Carolina transportation system. The good news? You can claim up to two registered motor vehicles for an income tax credit, so keep your gas receipts! Read more about the gas tax credit here.
2019 is also bringing more expanded tax credits to low income families.
Another law requires Homeowners Associations to be more “transparent,” which means setting a clear list of do’s and don’t’s for residents. This needs to be complete by January 10.
For more information on ALL of the new changes this year, go to www.thestate.com.