Barnwell County Auditor
Homestead Tax Exemption Program
In 1972, the General Assembly passed the Homestead Exemption Law, which provided property tax relief for South Carolinians age sixty-five, the blind, or disabled.
Since that time, the Comptroller General’s Office has reimbursed over 545 million dollars for property tax relief through this worthy program.
How the Homestead Exemption Program can reduce your bill
Please note: This guide is provided as a general information tool and does not attempt to cover the entire Homestead Exemption law. Your County Auditor and The Comptroller General’s Office will be happy to assist you with further questions.
How do I Qualify?
Where do I apply?
You must apply for the Homestead Exemption at the County Auditor’s office. If you are unable to go to the Auditor’s office, you may authorize someone to apply for you. Contact the County Auditor’s office for details.
What documents do I need?
You will need to provide proof of your eligibility. If you are applying due to age, bring your
Do I need to re-apply annually?
No. The only reason for re-application is in the event that you move to a new home. However, any changes which may affect your eligibility should be reported to your County Auditor immediately. You need to reapply for the following reasons:
The South Carolina Joint Legislative Committee on Aging assists the senior community with problems and introduces legislation to correct inequities in the law.
Joint Legislative Committee on Aging
In addition to the Homestead Exemption Program, there are other services and programs available to qualified individuals. To find out more, contact:
Department of Health and Human Services Office of Aging
The Homestead Exemption Program is administered at the State level by the Comptroller General.
South Carolina Comptroller General