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Rick Reames III


  • (T) 803.540.2055
  • (F) 803.727.1455
Other Offices

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 tax (SALT) advice and works on comprehensive tax planning, controversies, and economic development incentives. In addition, Rick has significant cyber-security experience and advises private and public entities on best management practices to minimize and mitigate cyber risks. 

Reames has been active in state affairs and previously chaired the Enterprise Zone Committee which is responsible for awarding job development tax credits to new and expanding businesses.  He also served on the South Carolina Department of Commerce Coordinating Council for Economic Development and was an ex officio member of the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors.      

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • 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, ex officio - South Carolina Board of Economic Adivisors
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Council on State Taxation ("COST")
  • Order of the Palmetto Recipient 
  • Chair - Governor's Local Government Competitiveness Committee
  • Former Chair - South Carolina Bar Association Tax Section
  • Tax Delegate to SC Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Former SC Chairman - 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.