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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 If a taxpayer’s mailing address is outdated, they may not receive correspondence from Beaufort County.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“On too many occasions I have spoken to taxpayers who did not receive a tax notice because their mailing address was outdated.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.

Treasurer Receives Local Government Award

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, September 15, 2016

On May 6, 2016, the South Carolina Republican Party awarded Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer, the Local Government Official Award. This award is to honor a public official holding a local, partisan office, for outstanding service to their local community and positive representation of the Republican Party in local government.

“It is an honor to represent the citizens of Beaufort County as a Republican. The conservative fiscal principles ingrained in the Treasurer’s Office have allowed us to increase and improve services while decreasing our budget, benefiting all of Beaufort County’s taxpayers,” said Treasurer Walls. “I appreciate the ongoing support of the South Carolina Republican Party as well as the Beaufort County Republican Party in our joint effort to make government work for the people.”

The award will be presented to Treasurer Walls at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016 by the Beaufort County Republican Party at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville, SC 29927.

To learn more about the Treasurer’s Office and Treasurer Walls, please visit BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com

Bidder Registration Begins for Delinquent Tax Sale

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, September 08, 2016

Bidder registration for the Beaufort County Tax Auction will begin Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

All bidders must register online at BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com or at the Beaufort County Treasurer’s office in Beaufort by 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016. The registration fee is $30.00 and includes a list of all properties to be sold, distributed the morning of the auction.

A complete list of properties for auction will be advertised in the Beaufort Gazette, Island Packet, and Bluffton Sun as well as online at BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.

The auction will take place Monday, October 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center located at 1001 Hamar Street in Beaufort. On the day of the sale, bidder sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m. All bidders must be signed in no later than 9:30 a.m. All recording fees per property will be determined the day of the sale and must be paid in full with the winning bid.


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