Since 2014, the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office has utilized the Setoff Debt Collection Act to collect delinquent personal property taxes. However, the Setoff Debt Program has certain limitations that prevent the effective pursuit of delinquent business personal property. 

To supplement the Tax Collector's pursuit of delinquent taxes, an additional delinquent collections program was created through the use of a third party collection agency, American Financial Credit Services (AFCS), which specializes in governmental debt recovery.

A delinquent account must go through one delinquent collections cycle prior to being submitted to AFCS. If the account remains unpaid, a notice will first be sent to the delinquent taxpayer at the address on record with the County, advising them that the Treasurer's Office will be submitting the debt to a third-party collection agency. The account will then be advertised in the newspaper and listed on our website. The taxpayer will have 30 days from the date of the initial notice to pay before the account will be submitted to AFCS for collection and will no longer be payable through our office.

South Carolina State Statute require that most notifications be sent through the United States Postal Service. It is therefore important to ensure the Treasurer's Office has your current address. If your mailing address has changed, you may update your address online, by mail, or in-person.


A merchant account is a Business Personal Property Tax on the furniture, fixtures, and equipment that are owned and used in a business. The values of these items must be filed annually with the South Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR) on a Business Personal Property Return form (PT-100).

If you did not file a return for one or more years, an estimated value may have been used to calculate your taxes. Contact DOR at (803) 898-5222 (Option 2) to inquire about the values and your filing status. If directed by DOR, file a Business Personal Property Return form (PT-100) for each operational year.

If you did not file a return for one or more years, an estimated value may have been used to calculate your taxes. Contact DOR at (803) 898-5222 (Option 2) to inquire about the values and your filing status. If directed by DOR, file a Business Personal Property Return form (PT-100) for each operational year. You may still owe taxes if they are for years the business was operational.

You may file a return online or submit a return via email or US Postal mail.

You may pay in-person at one of our three Treasurer's Office locations or by mail at the address below until April 24, 2017. Include on the check your phone number and the Parcel Identification Number (PIN), and make payable to Beaufort County Treasurer.

Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office
PO Drawer 487
Beaufort, SC 29901
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