S.C. Code Regs. 117-308.9 - Advertising Agencies

Current through Register Vol. 45, No. 9, September 24, 2021

Advertising agencies are engaged primarily in the business of selling services. These rely on expertise in advertising strategy, in media buying, in graphic arts production and in other specialized fields to secure and retain clients.

These companies purchase and/or produce finished advertising materials such as radio and television spots and newspaper, magazine and billboard ads, and contract with local and network radio and television stations, newspaper and magazine publishers, outdoor advertising companies, transit advertising companies (bus, taxi and airline) and other media for time or space to air or display these programs.

In the development and execution of a complete advertising campaign, advertising agencies may also share responsibilities with clients in the development of products or services to include, as an example, creation of a trademark, determination of a price, selection or creation of channels of distribution of the products and/or dealership and appraisal of competition.

Receipts of advertising agencies from the furnishing of these professional services are not subject to the sales or use tax. The tax is due, however, on all tangible personal property purchased by these agencies for use in the performance of such services irrespective of whether such property is acquired in the name and for the account of the advertising agencies or their respective principals.


S.C. Code Regs. 117-308.9

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