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Horry County, South Carolina Hospitality Tax Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The City of Myrtle Beach brought a class action against Horry County, both in South Carolina, alleging that the county did not have the right to impose hospitality fees on its municipalities without their consent. This settlement resolves that class action.

The hospitality fees include the county’s 1.5% uniform service charge on accommodations, prepared food and beverages, and admissions to amusements; and a 2.5% uniform service charge on rental cars, all purchased within the limits of Horry County municipalities.

Docket Number:

2019-CP-26-01732

Company: Horry County, South Carolina

Filing Deadline: May 15, 2021

Class Period: January 1, 2017 to August 10, 2019

Objection Deadline: April 15, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: April 15, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: April 16, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

You must provide documentation showing that you paid the hospitality fees.

Eligibility:

You may be eligible if you are an entity who paid the hospitality fee on purchases of covered accommodations, food, drinks, admissions, and rental cars between January 1, 2017 and June 21, 2019 (within Myrtle Beach) or August 10, 2019 (within all other municipalities in Horry County except Briarcliffe Acres).

Typical Settlement Amount:

Reimbursement of the hospitality fees paid on or after January 1, 2017. Full reimbursement paid on a first in, first out basis. Also, certain increases in hospitality fees were made by Myrtle Beach and the other participating municipalities; these will now be repealed to keep the cumulative fee the same as before while future fee collections will be used within the participating municipalities for their benefit.

Total Settlement Amount: $19,000,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$47,500

Law Firm:
Willoughby & Hoefer, PA

Claim Form: Horry County Hospitality Tax Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: City of Myrtle Beach v. Horry County

Settlement Website: Horry County Hospitality Tax Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Unknown

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Hospitality Fee Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
1-877-483-7754

Tags: Government, Improper Other Tax Charges, Tax Charges