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The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) will begin accepting Individual Income Tax returns for tax year 2021 on January 24, 2022, consistent with the date announced by the IRS. The filing deadline for both state and federal 2021 income tax returns is Monday, April 18, 2022. 

“We encourage all South Carolina taxpayers to file electronically and to choose direct deposit,” said SCDOR Director Hartley Powell. “This is the most convenient, secure, and accurate way to file your return and receive your refund without any delays.” 

“I urge all South Carolinians to choose direct deposit for their income tax refunds,” said State Treasurer Curtis Loftis. “Your refund is sent quickly and directly to your bank account as soon as your return is processed. No more waiting on the mail. It’s simply the fastest way to receive your refund.” 

File online. 
Filing online with a reputable provider is convenient, secure, and accurate. Many South Carolinians are eligible to file online for free with easy-to-use tax preparation software. Visit to view all of your filing options. 

Make sure you have all W-2s, 1099s, and other necessary documents before you file. Using year-end pay stub information instead of official documents could slow down processing. 

Choose direct deposit.
Direct deposit is the fastest and safest refund option. Your refund is deposited directly into your bank account, so there’s no need to worry about lost or stolen checks and no waiting on delayed or returned mail. Learn more about why direct deposit is the preferred refund option at

Allow time for processing and fraud prevention.
We will begin processing returns February 7 to allow employers to meet the January 31 W-2 submission deadline. Fighting fraud to protect taxpayer dollars is our priority. Tax return and refund processing is expected to take 6-8 weeks from February 7 or the date you file, whichever is later, to allow the SCDOR to use all available tools to check for fraud and protect your refund. 

Track your refund.
Check your refund status anytime using the Where’s My Refund tool at You can track which of the four stages your refund is in – fraud check, accuracy review, final verification, refund approval and preparation – and the estimated timeframe for each stage. Keep in mind that if you choose a paper check refund, your processing time may be longer. 

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