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Yes. The satellite tax office is located at the former Chavis School, found at:2118 S Hemingway Highway 41-51Hemingway, SC 29554
Tuesday8:30 am to 1 pm
Thursday1 to 5 pm
For more information, contact the Auditor’s Office.
The answer to this question depends greatly on which tax record needs to be updated. To assist with this the Auditor’s Office has created a helpful guide to assist taxpayers in updating their addressing information; to access it, visit the Changing Addresses on Tax Records page.
For more information, contact the nearest office of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); contact the Kingstree DMV by phone 843-354-9217.
The dealership was referring to the state sales tax and the license plate; the bill you received from the County Auditor is for the personal property tax due on the vehicle. Taxes are due 120 days from the purchase date.
If you do not pay the taxes due by the due date, a notice will be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend your driver’s license. If your driver’s license is suspended for non-payment of property taxes and you also hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), it will also be affected by the suspension.
If you receive a property tax bill and you no longer own the vehicle, contact the Auditor’s office immediately concerning a possible proration of taxes owed.
There is no senior citizen discount on motor vehicle taxes.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does offer discounts on the semi-annual license renewal fee for persons 64 years of age or older. Visit the DMV website to check registration fees. For those 64 years of age, the fee is $22 for passenger vehicles every two years instead of the regular $24, and for those who are 65 or older, the reduced fee is $20 every two years for passenger vehicles (instead of $24), $30 for trucks with gross vehicle weight of 6000 pounds or less.
Even though vehicle registration is renewed only every other year, it should be noted that county personal property taxes are due every year.
In South Carolina, personal property encompasses:
Personal property tax also applies to equipment, furniture, fixtures and machinery primarily used by businesses.
With the exception of motor vehicles, personal property taxes must be paid by January 15 of the following year, unless that day falls on a county holiday or weekend.
Personal property taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles are due throughout the year on a staggered monthly schedule and must be paid before your license plates can be renewed.
Values of personal property are kept current through annual updates by the SC Department of Revenue and the SC Department of Natural Resources.
If you owned the property on December 31, preceding the current tax year, you are responsible for the taxes for that entire year; for example, if you owned a boat on December 31, 2010, you are responsible for paying the taxes by January 15, 2012. Personal property is taxed in arrears (except for motor vehicles).
If you purchase personal property on or after January 1, you will not have to pay county taxes on it until January of the following year.
This information does not apply to motor vehicles.
Yes, you have until the taxes are due to appeal in writing to the Auditor’s office. It is important that you contact SC Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and call the Auditor’s office when you receive a tax bill, if after December 31st of the previous year, you have junked, abandoned, destroyed, or sold the water craft. If the property taxes are unpaid, the taxes follow the watercraft and become the responsibility of the new owner, if you try to sell the watercraft.
Someone from the Auditor’s office will review your personal property appeal or discuss other status of the watercraft.
The appeal of the value of the boat or airplane does not extend the due date of the taxes.
Owners of businesses using equipment, furniture, fixtures or machinery are required to file an annual personal property tax return with the Williamsburg County Auditor. If you have a business and do not file the form PT-100 with the SC. Department of Revenue, then you are required to file with the County Auditor.
The Auditor is required by law to estimate all accounts in which a return was not filed.
Estimates may be higher than the original filed amount.
Boats or outboard motors with a fair market value of $500 or less are not taxable.
No, not in South Carolina.
First, take the title numbers and check with the county in which the owner lives to make sure all back taxes are paid. If the taxes are unpaid, in accordance with SC. law, the taxes follow the watercraft and become the responsibility of the new owner.
In simplified terms, there are three elements to South Carolina’s property tax system:
The tax rate is generally reflected in "mills," or "millage rate." A tax mill represents a tax liability of one penny per $1 of assessed value; for example, a tax rate of 300 mills translates to $0.30 tax per $1 of assessed value.
This is true for both real estate and personal property.
An assessment is the market value of a piece of property on a certain date, multiplied by the assessment ratio which applies to that piece of property, e.g., a 4% assessment ratio for an owner-occupied house.
It must be postmarked no later than the due date to avoid penalty.
If the due date falls on a weekend or a county holiday, the due date is extended to the next business day afterwards.
The value of a mill is always one tenth of a cent, or one thousandth of a dollar; for example, a tax rate of 300 mills translates to $0.30 tax per $1 of assessed value.
This is true for all types of property.
If your home of record is not South Carolina, you do not have to pay personal property taxes while permanently stationed in this state.
In order for your mobile home to qualify, it must be your primary residence. It must also be registered and titled in the service member’s name to qualify for 100% exemption (if joint ownership is not with a spouse 50% of the exemption will apply).
This exemption does not include county taxes on real property. To obtain the exemption, you can submit your latest Leave and Earnings Statement and photocopy of current military ID to the Auditor’s office. You can mail, fax or hand-deliver these documents to the Auditor’s Office to receive the exemption. This exemption is valid for one year, and you will need to reapply every year.
For more information or to submit your documentation, contact the Auditor’s Office.
Property owners can apply for the SC Tax Relief/Legal Residence Discount for their one legal residence in the state of South Carolina. This means that the qualifying property’s market value would be assessed at a ratio of 4% rather than 6% to obtain the property’s assessment (assessed value) for tax purposes.
Even on a "home place" some of the property may not qualify, for example:
You can look at the information in the upper right hand of your tax bill to see whether the billed property has Legal Residence. The property tax notice you received will have an assessment of 4% on the owner occupied line of the tax notice.
The Assessor’s Office has the forms that you can pick up, fill out and submit through their office; for more information, contact the Assessor’s Office.
A motor home that:
A boat or watercraft that:
A trailer (camper) that is pulled by a motor vehicle that: