Friday, April 11, 2014

Issues with E-Payment Services that use US Bank

Updated.   The Department of Motor Vehicle vehicle renewals with US Bank E-Payment services are now operational.   Thank you for your patience.


The Self-Service Terminals (SST) and Internet Vehicle Renewals that use US Bank for our E-Payment services were taken offline at 9:09 am (CT) on Friday, April 11, 2014.  These were taken offline to resolve the issues that arose during standard database updates.

In order to correct these issues, E-Payment Services will be unavailable for the remainder of Friday, April 11th.  Issues will be resolved as soon as possible and services made available.

This issue is not related to the Internet security threat known as the 'Heartbleed' bug.  E-Payment Service does not use OpenSSL encryption software, which is the software that is vulnerable to the security flaw that 'Heartbleed' exploits.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Deposits for Utilities

Deposits for electricity, natural gas, or telephone services are no longer subject to sales tax. Any taxes previously collected and reported on deposits for utilities should be refunded to the customer when the deposit is refunded.

Hookup and disconnect fees that do not include construction services are still subject to sales tax when the utility service is also subject to sales tax. 

For more information on Qualified Utilites, read more in the Tax Fact. Also, more information regarding Utilities is in the 2014 April E-News.

Friday, April 4, 2014

2014 April E-News

The April E-News went out today! Catch up on what's happening at the Department!
  • Message from the Secretary
  • Dates & Deadlines
  • South Dakota Law Enforcement Officer Receives Basic Certification
  • How you Can Reduce Your Risk of a Sales Tax Audit
  • 2014 Legislative Update

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Changes to EPath

Starting April 1st, you will notice some changes with EPath.  We have redesigned the front page to include more features, as well as to make the front page more mobile device friendly.

Also, the EPath link has changed to:  If you have a bookmark you will want to update this.   The bookmark for the old application will be redirected to this new page.   will also be redirected there as well.

As you can see, the login for EPath is now in the upper left hand corner.  You can still create a new account from the main page, and also watch a video on how to set it up.  Lastly, we have provided a link for the file and pay due dates for the year, so you have quick access to review them.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Job Openings at DOR

Assistant Director of Motor Vehicles (2908) - Closing Date 04/01/2014
The Assistant Director takes an agency leadership role by participating in management of programs assigned to the Division. The Assistant Director will be required to learn and maintain a high level of knowledge on Division programs to provide technical expertise to Department staff, licensees, citizens and policymakers regarding all issues related to the Division. Seeking applicants who are inquisitive, have a passion for learning and believe in providing excellent customer service. The Assistant Director will lead teams in carrying out programs and project management; participate in development of systems to ensure stability, meet future demands and changing technologies, management of risk, meeting regulatory and compliance requirements and service to customers/taxpayers; and participate in researching, recommending and drafting administrative rule and legislation.

Property Tax Program Manager (2886)
This position should be experienced and educated in property assessment and taxation is highly desirable. This position will report directly to the Director of the Property and Special Taxes Division. The primary responsibility of the position is to provide supervision and guidance to a staff of property tax professionals. Additionally, this position provides technical information and expertise regarding the assessment and taxation of real property to county officials and executive and legislative branch policymakers.

Apply today!

South Dakota MarketPlace - March 26

The Department will have a booth at the South Dakota Farmers Union's 2nd Annual South Dakota MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success Conference.  The conference is in Aberdeen this year!  Two DOR staff members will be presenting on Licenses, Taxes and Fees - Oh My! Register now and learn more about the Department and small businesses and rural communitities.

Friday, March 21, 2014

April 1st Deadline for Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program

PIERRE, S.D. – Elderly and disabled South Dakotans have until April 1st to apply for property tax relief under South Dakota’s Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program.


Under the program, for tax purposes, the homeowner’s property assessment is prevented from increasing.  If the actual value of the home increases, the homeowner still pays property taxes on the former (lower) value.


To be eligible for the Assessment Freeze for the Elderly and Disabled Program, individuals must meet the following qualifications:


·         Have incomes of less than $26,566.63 for a single-member household (only one individual in the household) or less than $33,208.29 for a multiple-member household

·         Have owned or retained a life estate in a single-family dwelling, in fee or by contract to purchase, for at least one year and have been a resident of South Dakota for at least one year

·         Have resided for at least 200 days of the previous calendar year in the single-family dwelling

·         Be 65 years of age or older OR disabled (as defined by the Social Security Act).


Un-remarried widow/widowers of those who were previously qualified may still qualify in some circumstances.  The valuation limit for the program is $182,358.37 or more of full and true value, meaning that property valued above those limits is not eligible unless the applicant has previously qualified.


Deadline to apply for the program is April 1, 2014, and applications must be submitted to the county treasurer.  Applications are available from local county treasurers’ offices or by contacting the Department of Revenue, Property and Special Taxes Division in Pierre at 605-773-3139 or 1-800-829-9188 (press “2” for the Property and Special Taxes Division).  Additional information and the online application are available (see PT-38 “Assessment Freeze for Elderly and Disabled”).


For additional information on the assessment freeze or other property tax relief programs, please contact the Department of Revenue, Property and Special Taxes Division.