James Shadd, current Board Chair of the Richland 2 School District and candidate for re-election in November, has five unsatisfied tax liens in South Carolina. Should this knock him out of the running?
According to the South Carolina State Tax Lien Registry (https://mydorway.dor.sc.gov) last week, these outstanding liens are public record.
A lien filed 12/29/2014 has a balance of $11,205.03
A lien filed 3/30/2017 has a balance of $6,521.10
A lien filed 4/12/19 has a balance of $10,201.59
A lien filed 4/12/2019 has a balance of $7,448.14
A lien filed 5/8/2020 has a balance of $11,181.42
That's a total of $46,557.28.
Two personal tax liens have been paid off. They were paid on 6/17/2019 and 7/22/2020.
Four business tax liens against the Shadd Law Firm LLC were paid on 6/24/2015, 4/22/2016 (2), and 7/3/2017.
Apparently, there is no law in South Carolina that says you can't run for public office if you don't pay your state income taxes.
Maybe, then, it's just up to the voters to say, You're not going to be elected to office, if you don't pay your taxes."