- Tax Collections
- Delinquent Tax Sale
Maria E. Walls, CPA was awarded Thomson Reuters' Office Holder of the Year award, part of Thomson Reuters Public Sector Champion Awards. Maria was selected to receive this prestigious award from among more than 1,000 Thomson Reuters government customers worldwide for her excellence in planning, leadership, and service to Beaufort County after successfully implementing several technology initiatives designed to improve efficiency and accuracy of the tax processes.
Maria was elected Beaufort County Treasurer in November 2014 after serving four years as the Deputy Treasurer under Douglas E. Henderson. As Deputy Treasurer, Maria created and implemented the first ever internal control policies for the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office. Through leadership and training, fiscal responsibility was brought to the forefront of the Treasurer’s Office operations and the creation of streamlined procedures resulted in a significant increase in efficiency and accountability, proven by:
Additional achievements include:
Maria is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and graduated Cum Laude with a Masters of Accounting, with a specialization in International Business, from Rider University. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s Office Maria worked in public accounting as an auditor for a multinational CPA firm ranked the 18th largest in the United States and then for the Lowcountry branch of a regional CPA firm. Her past professional affiliations include:
In 2010, Maria was selected to join the South Carolina Association of CPA’s Young CPA Cabinet, a program exclusive to 20 individuals in the state geared towards the development of leadership and management skills within the CPA profession. As part of the Continuing Education Committee, Maria was instrumental in planning and coordinating the Emerging Leadership Conference in its inaugural and second year.
Active in her community, Maria has served on her Church Council, volunteered for Palmetto Animal League and other local non-profits, conducted financial literacy seminars as part of the Financial Literacy Project, holds leadership roles in partisan organizations and is a member of the Junior Service League of Beaufort.