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The treasurer does not determine property tax amounts. The amount of tax money needed is decided by each of the area’s taxing authorities. The Assessor’s Office determines appraisal values for real property while the Auditor’s Office calculates the tax. The County Council, School Board, and each one of the councils of the municipalities determine how much revenue is needed to meet their individual budgets. If taxes are increased, these entities are solely responsible for a tax increase.
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Taxes are collected on the following schedule for the year that ended December 31. Important dates are:
Taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles must be paid before your license plate tags can be renewed. These taxes are due by the last day of the month in which your tag expires. In South Carolina, vehicle taxes are paid a year in advance. If you are renewing your vehicle license tag, you can pay your taxes and renewal fee to the Treasurer’s Office and eliminate having to go to the Highway Department.
Yes. There are several exemptions on real estate that you may qualify for. You will need to contact the Auditor's Office at 803-541-1040. You may qualify for legal residence on your home if you are living in the home and the home is in your name. Contact the Assessor's Office at 803-541-1011 for more information.
To update your mailing address on your real estate bill, contact the Assessor's Office at 803-541-1011. The address on your vehicle tax bill is based on your driver's license at the DMV.
To apply for a high mileage appeal, mail or bring in a signed statement with exact mileage to the Auditor’s Office before the due date.
A discount is available on registration fees only, not taxes. It is recommended that customers apply directly to the DMV for the deduction, that way your social security number remains more secure.
There are two taxes when purchasing a vehicle: property tax with the county treasurer’s office and sales tax with the SC Department of Motor Vehicles.
The dealership is allowed to pick up your tags on a vehicle without paying local property taxes. When the dealer states that they are taking care of your taxes, they are referring to sales tax, which is paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles, not your property tax paid to the Treasurer’s Office. This allows you a 120-day grace period to delay payment of personal property taxes on your new vehicle.
If you receive a tax notice for a vehicle you no longer own, you will need to contact the Auditor's Office at 803-541-1040. A form needs to be completed to remove the vehicle from the tax rolls. If you receive a tax notice for a boat or motor that you no longer own, you must notify the SC Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.
The county assesses taxes on the real property, but if it is rental property or business, you are assessed on the furniture, fixtures, and equipment within that property. The value is based on the information provided on the PT-100 (Business Personal Property Tax) filed with the SC Department of Revenue.
Sections 12-45-220 and 6-5-10 of the S.C. Code of Laws limit the treasurer as to where public funds may be invested. These code sections allow investment:
In 1972, South Carolina General Assembly passed the Homestead Exemption Law which provides real estate property tax relief for South Carolinians who are age 65 and over, totally and permanently disabled, or legally blind. The exemption excludes the first $50,000 from the fair market value of your legal residence.
Find more information about the Homestead Exemption program.