Nonprofits seek guarantee for scholarship donors

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Leaders of nonprofits whose purpose is handing out scholarships to special-needs students say they're holding off until the S.C. Department of Revenue can guarantee their donors will get the tax credit they expect.

A bill creating an application process for donors is heading to the Senate Finance Committee.

Legislators last year approved the state's first private school choice program, which took effect Jan. 1. It allows a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for donations toward tuition scholarships for special-needs students. But the credit maxes out at $8 million, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The nonprofits organized to accept donations and provide scholarships want a process assuring credits are still available.

One of the four approved groups has already distributed 56 scholarships. With some exceptions, the others are waiting to cash donors' checks.

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