The State Treasurer’s Office is committed to supporting the needs and efforts of our communities, businesses and local governments as we combat the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please find below a collection of information and resources that are currently available. Check back for additional resources as we continue to update this page. For the most up-to-date guidance, please refer to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.
State Treasurer's Office COVID-19 Information and Updates
Maintaining Good Financial Habits in a Time of COVID-19 (April 20) – Treasurer Loftis shares important steps to take during this time to ensure peace of mind and financial well-being.
CARES Act Update (April 16) – A partial payment of $998,234,321 in CARES Act relief funds is received by the State Treasurer’s Office, properly accounted for and prudently invested pursuant to state law.
Treasurer Curtis Loftis Reminds Future Scholar 529 Participants of Need to Reinvest Recent College Refunds (April 13) – Information related to new IRS guidance, under which Future Scholar 529 Plan participants have until July 15, 2020 to recontribute any refunded qualified education expenses, due to COVID-19.
Notice of Direct Mail – Effective March 30, 2020 (PDF) – Guidance related to the direct mailing of all vendor and payroll checks to payees.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Where can I find information about the $600 stimulus checks being sent out?
Stimulus checks were approved by the federal government and will be issued by the U.S. Treasury. All questions regarding the stimulus checks should be directed there. The State Treasurer’s Office has not been contacted nor authorized to distribute any checks related to the passage of federal relief by the U.S. Congress. Find more from the IRS here: Treasury and IRS begin delivering second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans.
You may also contact IRS offices for assistance:
- COVID-19 Assistance and Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus Check) Questions – 1-800-919-9835
- Columbia, South Carolina IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center – 803-312-7900 or 1-844-545-5640
What about the $1,200 stimulus checks sent out in 2020?
Per the IRS website, you may still be eligible to receive a payment in 2021 if:
- You did not register online, by mail and did not get a payment in 2020 or,
- You received a payment, but it wasn’t the full amount of the Economic Impact Payment. The maximum credit is $1,200, or $2,400 if married filing jointly, plus $500 for each qualifying child.
If either of those circumstances applies to you, then:
- When you file a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Save your IRS letter - Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment - with your 2020 tax records. You’ll need the amount of the payment in the letter when you file in 2021.
Find more from the IRS here: Economic Impact Payment Information Center.
I work for/do contract work for the State of South Carolina – are their safeguards in place to ensure I’m paid on time?
The State Treasurer’s Office is committed to the timely payment of approved vendor invoices for goods and services received. Certainly, during this difficult time, there may be unforeseen interruptions, but, working in concert with the Comptroller General’s Office, payments are being processed and paid.
accelerateSC – Organized April 20, 2020, accelerateSC serves as the coordinated COVID-19 advisory team to consider and recommend economic revitalization plans for South Carolina. Its website, accelerate.sc.gov, is intended to be a one-stop shop for COVID-19 related information.
COVID-19 in South Carolina – The latest information from DHEC on the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina, including the most recent number of confirmed cases and resources for the community. For general questions about COVID-19, you may choose to call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
COVID-19 Mobile Testing Clinics – Find DHEC mobile testing sites operating in counties across the state.
Executive Orders from Governor Henry McMaster – Find recently issued Executive Orders from Governor Henry McMaster that relate to COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 – Your most frequently asked questions with answers from the CDC.
Resources to Help Cope with COVID-19 – Tools and resources from the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) to help cope with stress and anxiety during these uncertain times.
Statewide COVID-19 Updates – Information and support from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD).
Telehealth Virtual Care Providers – Information on South Carolina health systems currently offering free telehealth screenings to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in the state. In order to access the free consult, you must use the promo code COVID19.
Apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits – If your work is affected by COVID-19, you can apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits through the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW). Please note: unemployment compensation is taxable. The IRS has prepared an informational flyer with what you need to know about unemployment benefits and your federal income taxes:
Apply for Additional Assistance Programs – Find information at the following links: Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program; SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.
Avoid Coronavirus Scams – The FTC offers information on how to protect yourself and avoid coronavirus scams during this time.
Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments for Individuals and Families – Federal guidance from the IRS about tax relief for individuals and families, as well as updates related to economic impact payments, commonly referred to as stimulus checks.
COVID-19 and South Carolina Schools – Important links and information from the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
Financial Empowerment Resources – Resources for all ages to learn more about financial matters.
GetCareSC.com – Find service providers for seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities. Services available include assisted living, transportation, financial assistance, and more.
Health Insurance Issuers’ Response to COVID-19 –The South Carolina Department of Insurance has compiled information from health insurance issuers about their policies related to COVID-19 testing.
Mortgage Relief Assistance – If you make your mortgage payment to the South Carolina Housing Authority and need assistance, you can apply online here. If your ability to pay your mortgage is impacted, and your loan is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, you can find information and resources here.
Report Price Gouging – If you feel like you are the victim of price gouging (meaning someone has or has offered to rent/sell you a commodity at an unconscionable price), you can report it to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
State Income Tax Guidance – Information about tax relief and service operations from the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR).
Close Contact Business Guidelines – Guidance for close contact service providers, including specific guidelines for gyms and fitness centers, cosmetology establishments and public or commercial pools, as they reopen.
Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities – Federal guidance from the IRS on tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.
Identifying Essential Workers – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance on identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 responses.
Information on Professional and Occupational Licensing – Information from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SCLLR) about its professional and occupational licensing boards, expediting licensure and extending license renewal deadlines during COVID-19.
Main Street Lending Program – Find updates and information related to the Federal Reserve’s newly established Main Street Lending Program, which aims to support lending to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition prior to COVID-19.
PPE Exchange – An automated resource for accessing PPE and supplies. PPE Exchange is an online marketplace of regional and national suppliers of PPE, which still provides you the opportunity to “Buy SC” if you choose to do so. If you wish to connect with the organizers of the original SC Emergency Supply Collaborate or for a list of PPE suppliers, please email Chuck Spangler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information on relief options and additional guidance for small businesses.
South Carolina Business Resources – Comprehensive guidance and information from the state Department of Commerce, including financial assistance, insurance, regulatory and tax support resources.
Tax Relief and Temporary Regulation Suspension – Guidance for businesses from SCDOR about updates related to COVID-19.
Unemployment Insurance Information for Employers – FAQs and resources for employers in South Carolina from SCDEW.
U.S. Department of Labor COVID-19 Guidance – Information related to workplace safety, unemployment insurance and more.
Agency COVID-19 Guidance – Guidance for agency leaders as they make decisions related to the state’s COVID-19 response, provided by the South Carolina Department of Administration.
Comptroller General Guidance for Agencies – Updated resources and procedures from the South Carolina Comptroller General for state agencies on accounting, payroll and financial reporting, as it relates to COVID-19.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – Read the full text of the federal legislation. Find related resources below:
- accelerateSC – CARES Act Overview in South Carolina
- U.S. Treasury – CARES Act Assistance for State, Local and Tribal Governments
COVID-19 Resources for South Carolina Counties – Information and resources gathered by the South Carolina Association of Counties.
COVID-19 Resources for South Carolina Municipalities – Information and resources gathered by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.
GFOA Resource Center for Coronavirus Response – A summary of available resources and guidance from various federal agencies.
Resources from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – A compilation of resources for local government managers to help them in their response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Resources from the National League of Cities (NLC) – The NLC has developed a pandemic response resource hub to support cities, towns and villages during the COVID-19 outbreak
Resources from the National Association of Counties (NACo) – A comprehensive overview of county response efforts and priorities across the country.
Resources from the United States Conference of Mayors – Guidance for mayors, city staff and agency leadership on operational best practices, coronavirus response actions and more.
Coronavirus.gov – The latest official information from the COVID-19 Task Force at the White House.
COVID-19 Response Fund Expenditure Reports – Find monthly reports from the state Executive Budget Office (EBO) that provide a detailed accounting of the expenditure of all funds appropriated pursuant to Act 116 of 2020.
Dept. of State: Travel Restrictions – COVID-19 traveler information. Guidance for Americans traveling abroad or on cruise ships.
Elections Assistance – Resources for election officials and voters in regards to elections and COVID-19, including grant funds for coronavirus expenses, equipment cleaning guidance and contingency planning information.
EPA: Disinfectants for COVID-19 – A listing of cleaning products and disinfectants that can be used against COVID-19.
FDA: COVID-19 – Resources for FDA industry members and consumers on COVID-19 and food safety.
FEMA: Coronavirus Rumor Control Site – Learn how to distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus pandemic.
Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) – Created by the CARES Act, PRAC is charged with providing transparency concerning pandemic spending.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services – Guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
USDA: COVID-19 – USDA guidance and FAQs about COVID-19, as well as disaster resources.
U.S. Dept. of Education: COVID-19 – Information and resources for every level of schooling and a collection of at-home activities from federal agencies.