2017 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 12 - Taxation
Section 12-4-330. Witnesses before department.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 12-4-330 (2017)

(A) The director may summon witnesses to appear and give testimony and to produce records, books, papers, and documents relating to any matters which the department has authority to investigate or determine.

(B) The director may cause the deposition of witnesses residing within or without the State or absent from the State to be taken upon notice to the interested party, if any, in the manner that depositions of witnesses are taken in civil actions pending in the circuit court in any matter which the department has authority to investigate or determine.

(C) Oaths to witnesses may be administered by the department. A person who testifies falsely in a matter under consideration by the department is guilty of and, upon conviction, will be punished for perjury.

(D) An officer who serves summons or subpoenas and a witness appearing before the Department of Revenue receive the same compensation as an officer and a witness in the circuit court. The department may incur and pay the expense of obtaining expert witnesses or of other evidence for use by the department in a judicial or administrative proceeding. This compensation and expert witness expense must be paid upon certificate of the department by the State Treasurer, by drawing upon funds from the tax on income as provided by Section 12-6-510.

(E) Out-of-state appraisers serving as witnesses are not required to be licensed or certified in this State. For purposes of this section, out-of-state appraisers are defined as appraisers with a business address outside of this State.

(F) The director of the Department of Revenue and the officers designated by the director may administer oaths to any person or take acknowledgments of any person in respect of any return or report required by this title or the rules and regulations of the department.

HISTORY: 1991 Act No. 50, Section 2; 1994 Act No. 516, Section 27; 1995 Act No. 76, Section 9; 1998 Act No. 432, Section 2.

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