Myrtle Beach’s Tourism Development Fee is only one of several extra one percent sales taxes that Horry County shoppers pay.  Here’s a breakdown of the various taxes and fees charged when you make a purchase.  Sales taxes and fees charged locally for items purchased or consumed range from a low of zero percent for unprepared food to 13 percent for accommodations.  While the TDF is charged only in Myrtle Beach, all of the other taxes are charged throughout Horry County.

Unprepared food purchasable with food stamps  0%

Prepared food (includes restaurant meals)  11.5%
(5% State Sales Tax + 1% State Tax Relief + 1% Local Education Capital Improvements Sales Tax + 2.5% Hospitality Fee* + 1% Tourism Development Fee + 1% RIDE III tax = 11.5%)

Retail sales (clothing, books, computers, etc.)  9%
(5% State Sales Tax + 1% State Tax Relief + 1% Local Education Capital Improvements Sales Tax + 1% Tourism Development Fee + 1% RIDE III tax = 9%)

Accommodations (lodging)  13%
(5% State Sales Tax + 2.5% Hospitality Fee* + 2% State Accommodations Tax + 0.5 % Local Accommodations Tax + 1% Local Education Capital Improvements Sales Tax + 1% Tourism Development Fee + 1% RIDE III tax = 13%)

Other guest charges and sales at hotels, etc.  9%
(5% State Sales Tax + 1% State Tax Relief + 1% Local Education Capital Improvements Sales Tax + 1% Tourism Development Fee + 1% RIDE III tax = 9%)

Admission tickets  7.5%
(5% State Sales Tax + 2.5% Hospitality Fee* = 7.5%)

* Note:  Of the 2.5% Hospitality Fee, Horry County receives 1.5% to pay for RIDE 1 projects, while local jurisdictions (towns, cities, the county) receive the remaining 1% collected in their respective jurisdictions.  The Hospitality Fee is charged on prepared food, accommodations and admissions.

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