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Rick Reames III

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Overview

Former South Carolina Department of Revenue Director Rick Reames helps clients navigate complex tax, business, and regulatory laws, and works with state leaders to achieve sound public policy.  Reames was appointed Director of SCDOR by former Governor (now UN Ambassador) Nikki Haley in 2014, was unanimously confirmed by the SC Senate, and served until January 3, 2017. 

Rick provides sophisticated state and local (SALT) advice and works on comprehensive tax planning, controversies, and economic development incentives.  His broad-based state and local tax practice includes:

  • Income tax apportionment planning and controversies
  • Property tax matters and exemptions, including significant experience with historic and abandoned properties
  • Nexus and jurisdictional requirements
  • Sales and Use tax planning and disputes
  • Negotiation and completion of Fee in Lieu of Tax (FILOT) contracts
  • Alcohol licensing and Three-Tier system regulatory matters

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Education
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • Wofford College, B.A.
Bar Admissions
  • South Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
  • United States Tax Court
Civic & Professional Memberships
  • Board of Trustees - Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA), 2014-2017
  • Executive Member - Internal Revenue Service Tax Fraud Task Force
  • Executive Committee - Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators (SEATA), 2014-2017
  • Member - South Carolina Ethics Commission
  • Member, ex officio - South Carolina Board of Economic Adivisors
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Council on State Taxation ("COST")
Recognitions
  • Order of the Palmetto Recipient 
  • Chair - Governor's Local Government Competitiveness Committee
  • Revenue chief Reames restored agency’s imageThe State - December 26, 2016
  • Former Chair - South Carolina Bar Association Tax Section
  • Former SC Chair - Joint North Carolina/South Carolina Tax Conference

In December of 2016, Reames was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki Haley in recognition of his contributions and public service to the State of South Carolina.

Reames is a member of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina. In addition he is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network which recognizes outstanding leadership around the world. 

In the News:

Overview
  • Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Trade Group Symposium, "SC Department of Revenue Observations and Perspectives and the Current Regulatory Climate" February 16, 2018

  • Presenter, Upstate SC Alliance briefing, "What Does Tax Reform Mean For Your Business?" February 13, 2018

  • Presenter, Nexsen Pruet 2017 SALT Seminar, "DOR Policy Document Update" November 3, 2017

  • Presenter, Council on State Taxation (COST) 48th Annual Meeting, "A Peak Behind the Curtain: Tips from a Former Tax Commissioner" October 22, 2017

  • Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Nonprofit Symposium, "IRS Quid Pro Quo and Substantiation Rules" February 24, 2017

  • Presenter, Nexsen Pruet Retail and Commercial Project Development Seminar, "Report from Local Government Competitiveness Council" February 17, 2017

  • Presenter, Nexsen Pruet 2016 SALT Seminar, "DOR Update" October 13, 2016