The Rock Hill Rescue Squad has filed all required tax records with the S.C. Secretary of States Office, and the squads suspension has been lifted, according to an agency spokeswoman.
The squad was placed under suspension Feb. 10 after the Secretary of States Office said a tax form for 2011 was not correctly filled out and filed by May 15, 2012. The suspension prevented the squad from collecting donations, but volunteers were allowed to continue responding to emergencies.
On Wednesday, Capt. Joe Shackelford of the rescue squad drove to Columbia to turn in the correct forms. The suspension was lifted that day, according to Renee Daggerhart, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mark Hammond.
It was just a matter of paperwork didnt get done the way it should have been done, Shackelford said Friday.
But it is done now, and lesson learned.
The problem occurred because some figures were not listed in the proper category on the groups tax form 990, he said.
I just took them to an accountant; he figured out the problem and fixed it, Shackelford said.
The rescue squad filed its annual report for 2011 last May, but Hammonds office refused to accept it. A notice was sent to the rescue squad in June asking for several corrections on the tax form.
An attorney in Hammonds office told The Herald that the squads records didnt properly separate program expenses from total expenses. Program expenses involve the groups charitable services. They dont include management or fundraising expenses.
In July, Hammonds office sent a letter to the rescue squad saying a corrected version of the report had been due on May 15. The squad was warned that if corrections werent made in 15 days, the organization would be fined $10 per day until the proper records were filed.
The fines reached the maximum amount of $2,000.
Other letters were sent in September and January.
The January letter warned that if the fine wasnt paid in 30 days, the squad risked suspension.
Shackelford has said that the squad received the letters, but, all of us are volunteers who focus on saving lives.
Its been taken care of, Shackelford said Friday.
It wasnt something that was done intentionally.
He said the fine has been paid, and the problem wont happen again.
Everything is going to be taken care of in the time that its supposed to be taken care of, he said. No matter whats going on, Im going to stay on top of it to make sure.
Well move on ... to helping the people in the community like weve been doing.
Paul Osmundson • 803-329-4061