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Update on the Hospitality Fee Litigation and Settlement Discussions

Update on the Hospitality Fee Litigation and Settlement Discussions

This update is provided on behalf of Horry County Government and the City of Myrtle Beach

Conway, South Carolina (September 4, 2020)—After many months and considerable effort, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Horry County Government, the City of Myrtle Beach and all municipalities involved have reached a settlement agreement in principle to resolve the Hospitality Fee litigation.

The settlement provides for a path forward for the continued collection of the fee for the mutual benefit of all parties and the county as a whole. It also provides for equitable distribution of past monies collected and unspent.

The next step in the process will be obtaining preliminary court approval of the settlement. This is scheduled to take place on or before September 16, 2020. Final approval will take place thereafter.

In summary, the agreement among all parties, subject to court approval, provides:

  • That the municipalities retroactively consent to the County’s Hospitality Fee and resumption of collections within those municipalities;
  • That  Hospitality Fee monies collected within the municipalities will be distributed to the municipalities from where they were collected on a monthly basis, minus a one percent administration fee;  
  • That the municipalities agree to repeal any new Hospitality/Accommodations Taxes/Fees that were imposed after January 1, 2019, effective on the date collection of the Hospitality Fee within the municipalities resumes; 
  • That the municipalities may reimpose these new taxes/fees if the County stops collecting the Hospitality Fee in those municipalities at any time in the future;
  • That after deduction for costs, fees, expenses and claims, 50% of what remains of the $19 million (primarily from monies collected within the municipalities between January 1, 2017 and the effective date of the preliminary injunction) is proportionately distributed back to the municipalities from where the Fee was collected; and
  • That distribution of the remaining 50% will be determined by the court. 

For more information, contact:                                   

Mark Kruea, Public Information Officer, City of Myrtle Beach

(843) 918-1014 voice (843) 450-1695 mobile

Kelly Moore, Director of Public Information, Horry County Government

(843) 915-8421 voice (843) 246-8945 mobile



Horry County Offers Assistance for Businesses during State of Emergency

Recognizing the economic impacts to our area resulting from emergencies and disasters, Horry County Council has taken action to implement additional protections for the business community as part of the County’s emergency management, response and recovery. With the Governor’s order declaring a State of Emergency on March 13, 2020, certain provisions dealing with the filing of fee returns took immediate effect.

These measures include:

  • An extension of deadlines on all filings during the emergency and for a period thereafter
  • Non assessment of late penalties and fees during these times

In addition, at the request of the Horry County Treasurer, the County adopted additional measures to assist businesses to include: 

  • Waiving e-check fees to offer a no-cost payment option for business license and hospitality fees

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner said, “We know this is an incredibly difficult time for our local business community. We will continue to work with them to mitigate the economic impacts of this event.” 

Angie Jones, Horry County Treasurer said, “We understand many businesses have been required to close and that makes it difficult or impossible to keep up with our normal deadlines. If any business owners have questions or concerns, we encourage them to call our office—we are standing by and ready to help.”

The Horry County Business License and Hospitality Fee Office can be reached at 843-915-5620. While County facilities remain closed to the public, staff in these offices are still working and available to answer questions or address concerns.



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