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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
BUSINESS. A calling, occupation, profession, or activity engaged in with the object of gain, benefit or advantage, either directly or indirectly.
CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION. An organization that is determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be exempt from federal income taxes under 26 U.S.C. section 501(c)(3), (4), (6), (7), (8), (10) or (19).
CHARITABLE PURPOSE. A benevolent, philanthropic, patriotic, or eleemosynary purpose which does not result in personal gain to a sponsor, organizer, officer, director, trustee or person with ultimate control of the organization.
CLASSIFICATION. That division of businesses by major groups subject to the same license rate as determined by a calculated index of ability to pay based on national averages, benefits, equalization of tax burden, relationships of services, or other basis deemed appropriate by the Council.
GROSS INCOME. The gross receipts or gross revenue of a business, received or accrued for one calendar or fiscal year collected or to be collected from business done within the municipality excepting therefrom income earned outside of the municipality on which a license tax is paid by the business to some other municipality or a county and fully reported to the municipality. GROSS INCOME for agents means gross commissions received or retained, unless otherwise specified. GROSS INCOME for insurance
companies means gross premiums written. GROSS INCOME for business license tax purposes shall not include taxes collected for a governmental entity, escrow funds, or funds which are the property of a third party. The value of bartered goods or trade-in merchandise shall be included in gross income. The gross receipts or gross revenues for business license purposes may be verified by inspection of returns and reports filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the South Carolina Department of Revenue, the South Carolina Department of Insurance, or another government agency.
LICENSE OFFICIAL. A person designated to administer this chapter.
LICENSEE. The business, the person applying for the license on behalf of the business, an agent or legal representative of the business, a person who receives any part of the net profit of the business, or a person who owns or exercises control of the business.
MUNICIPALITY. The Town of South Congaree, South Carolina.
PERSON. Any individual, firm, partnership, LLP, LLC, cooperative non-profit membership, corporation, joint venture, association, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, syndicate, holding company, or other group or combination acting as a unit, in the singular or plural, and the agent or employee having charge or control of a business in the absence of the principal.
(Ord. 2019-04, passed 6-18-2019)