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In 2007 the SC Legislature passed legislation that completely exempts from your tax bill all taxes levied for school operating purposes on the value of your legal residence. The Homestead Exemption credit continues to completely exempt the value of $50,000 for all purposes except for school operating purposes (already exempted by the new 2007 legislation).
This program is often confused with the Application for Special Assessment as Legal Residence (4%) which is processed by the Tax Assessor’s Office. The Homestead Exemption and the Legal Residence Special Assessment are two separate programs and must be made with two different applications.
If statements 1, 2, and 3 are true, you are qualified to receive the Homestead Exemption:
The surviving spouse of a qualified or potentially qualified recipient may also receive the benefit if:
The Williamsburg County Auditor’s Office may accept applications during the following periods:
You may apply for the Homestead Exemption at the Williamsburg County Auditor’s office. If you are unable to go to the Auditor’s office, an agent can make an application on your behalf.
For more information, contact the Auditor’s Office.
Proof of your eligibility is required. This may entail a number of documents, depending on why you are eligible:
No. It is not necessary to reapply annually, except when there is a change of ownership as a result of death or a change in occupancy.
It is necessary to reapply when one of the following occurs:
Example of a tax bill with credits for school operations (school tax credit savings) and homestead exemption:
New school tax credit savings:
Homestead exemption credit:
Total tax bill with both credits: $712.50 - $375 - $270 = $67.50
This is an example and may not apply the same benefit for your property.
This example does not include any credit for the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST).
If your deed is in your name and your spouse’s name, you up to the full limit of the exemption as long as one of you meet the eligibility requirements. If your deed is in your name and someone other than your spouse’s name, you will only get a portion of the exemption equal to the amount of interest you have in the property as listed on your deed.
The Williamsburg County Auditor’s Staff will answer any questions regarding eligibility status and application procedures. Please call 843-355-9321, ext. 5600 with any questions regarding the Homestead Exemption Program.