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Treasurer Mails Unclaimed Property Notices

Chydonna Thurston - Monday, April 03, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer announces the inception of the Unclaimed Property program. The purpose of the program is to create awareness and return to citizens and taxpayers unclaimed funds currently being held by the Treasurer’s Office. The mailing of unclaimed propery notices marks the beginning of this program, which were mailed on April 3, 2017.

“There are many types of unclaimed property but the most common for the Treasurer’s Office is undeposted checks.”, said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer, “It’s the taxpayers’ money and we are going to do everything we can to get it back into the hands of the people who earned it.”

After April 17, 2017, any unclaimed property will be remitted to the State Treasurer’s Office and taxpayers may search for and claim their funds through the State Treasurer’s Office. Each year millions of dollars are transferred to the State Treasurer’s Office by organizations that cannot locate the intended recipient. Please click here or call 803-737-4771 for information about the State Treasurer’s Unclaimed Property Program.

Additional information can be found on our website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Treasurer Announces New Delinquent Collections Program

Chydonna Thurston - Monday, March 27, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin using a third party collections agency, American Financial Credit Services (AFCS), to assist in the collection of delinquent business personal property taxes.

In the past, the Annual Tax Sale was the primary and only delinquent collection program. In 2014, with support from Beaufort County Council, the Treasurer's Office initiated the Setoff Debt Program. This program has yielded positive results over the past three years but does have limitations.

“In general, businesses cannot be submitted through the Setoff Debt program,” said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer “because the program requires the use of a social security number, an identifier most businesses do not have.”

“Pursuing and collecting delinquent taxes is a sensitive subject but it is part of my role as Treasurer so we utilize programs that fulfill our responsibility with professional and personalized services. AFCS’s collection services are unique, in addition to pursuing the taxes owed, they will assist delinquent taxpayers who are found to have been taxed incorrectly, by educating them on the proper documentation to file so the tax does not continue to be assessed each year,” said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer.

There is no cost to the County for this program and the taxes will be collected in full. AFCS' 20% fee is in addition to the delinquent taxes and is paid by the delinquent taxpayer.

Additional information can be found on our website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Installment Tax Bills Mailed

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office would like to announce the mailing of the first of six Installment Tax bills for tax year 2017. As a reminder, the deadline to pay the first installment has been extended to February 28, 2017.

The deadline to pay property tax bills without penalty is February 15, 2017. After that date, properties with an outstanding balance for tax year 2016 will be removed from the installment program and the property owner will be refunded any installment monies already paid.

As a reminder, we do not accept installment payments online. Payments can be made by visiting any of our three locations or by mail.

Additional information can be found on our website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com

Address Updates Sought by Treasurer

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, November 18, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office is in the process of mailing over 3,800 postcards to property owners whose address of record may no longer be correct. South Carolina State Statute requires notices be sent to the address of record. If a taxpayer’s mailing address is outdated, they may not receive correspondence from Beaufort County.

These small postcards contain the taxpayer’s delinquent Property Identification Number (PIN) and the total amount due. A taxpayer may return the postcard with their updated mailing address or complete our easy online form, as well as pay the delinquent tax outstanding.

“On too many occasions I have spoken to taxpayers who did not receive a tax notice because their mailing address was outdated. While it is incumbent upon the taxpayer to keep their mailing address updated, we need to do our best to reach every taxpayer. Through the use of technology, our office was able to electronically detect incorrect mailing addresses and identify alternative addresses which now allow more proactive communication with thousands of taxpayers,” said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer

To learn more about the Treasurer’s Office or to change a mailing address, please visit BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

2016 Property Tax Bills and New Online Service

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, November 18, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office announces the mailing of the 2016 real and personal property tax bills, totaling $373,000,000, and the launch of a new website feature that will allow taxpayers to download their original bills. Taxpayers can search using their Parcel Identification Number (PIN), Alternate Identification Number (AIN), or their name, and obtain a PDF of their original tax bill.

"During tax season we receive many requests, by phone and email, from taxpayers who need a copy of their tax bill. These requests contribute to increased wait times on our phones as well as delay the taxpayer from obtaining their document. Once again, we are using technology to offer even more resources to the public while also increasing the efficiency of our staff," said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer.

With the unanimous support of Beaufort County Council and the approval of the South Carolina Department of Revenue, taxes are due by February 15, 2017.

In addition to paying by phone by calling 800-830-9996, online at BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com, by mail, or at one of our three locations; full cash or check payments will be accepted at the BB&T branches listed below through February 15, 2017. Taxpayers paying at BB&T must present their bill and will be provided with a receipt at the time of payment.

Beaufort Main BB&T – 1 Kemmerlin Lane
Beaufort Port Republic BB&T – 905 Port Republic Street
Hilton Head Main BB&T – 1008 William Hilton Parkway
Bluffton Main BB&T – 2 Burnt Church Road
Yemassee Branch – 33 Salkehatchie Road

Additional information can be found on our website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Online Public Auction Announced

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, November 10, 2016

On December 5, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will conduct a live online public auction through Meares Auction Group for delinquent properties owned by Daufuskie Embarkment, LLC, FIG Daufuskie 1, LLC, FIG Beach Cottages, LLC, and FIG Beach Club, LLC, as a result of a fraudulent tax payment.

A complete list of properties for auction will be identified and advertised in the Beaufort Gazette, Island Packet, and The State, beginning Sunday, November 13, 2016 and each Sunday thereafter until the online public auction or taxes are paid.

Properties will be auctioned through a live online public auction with bidder registration beginning on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. EST. Additional information may be obtained at BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com

End of Redemption Period Extended

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Due to the closure of Beaufort County’s government offices on October 5, 2016 and October 6, 2016, the Beaufort County Treasurer has extended the redemption period for properties sold at the 2015 Delinquent Tax Sale until Friday, October 14, 2016.

“Property owners wishing to redeem their property were not able to. Every day of the redemption period matters so we are extending the redemption deadline because I want our delinquent taxpayers to have every opportunity possible to keep their property.”, said Maria Walls, Beaufort County Treasurer.

Delinquent property owners will have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016 to redeem their property by paying all taxes, fees and penalties owed. Taxes may be paid at one of our three office locations or by mail. Current redemption amounts can be found online on our website or by contacting our office at 843-255-2600.

Additional information can be found on our website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Treasurer Offices closing early

Chydonna Thurston - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

As part of the Treasurer's Office disaster preparedness procedures, please be advised that all Treasurer’s Office locations will close at 4:00 p.m. while Beaufort County is at Operational Condition level 3.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, as we prepare for the imminent Hurricane Matthew. 

Treasurer announces Annual Tax Sale

Chydonna Thurston - Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s office will conduct its Annual Deliquent Property Tax Sale at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Charles Lind Brown Gymnasium located at 1001 Hamar Street, Beaufort, SC.

The properties listed are delinquent for the 2015 tax year and any prior years. Taxpayers wishing to prevent their property from being auctioned have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 to pay any outstanding taxes due.

Individuals interested in bidding at the tax sale must register online or in-person before 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016. On the day of the sale, bidder sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m. All property recording fees will be determined the day of the sale and must be paid in full with the winning bid.

To learn more about the tax sale, please visit BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

Treasurer announces interactive Delinquent Property Map

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, September 23, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of our interactive delinquent property map. In partnership with the Beaufort County Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Department, the map identifies delinquent properties that will be sold at auction if not paid before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Included on the map are details such as the taxes due, owner name, acreage and subdivision in which the property is located. Redemption information is also shown, including the amount of the winning bid and the current redemption amount.

“Through the use of technology, government entities can now provide more resources to citizens than ever before. We are leveraging that technology to not only promote transparency but to create resources for our citizens that are user-friendly,” said Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer.

The delinquent property map as well as other data and information related to the delinquent tax sale is available at www.BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.


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