In Beaufort County, it is the responsibility of the Tax Collector, under the supervision of the Treasurer, to investigate and pursue the collection of delinquent property taxes, penalties, and fees. Collections are pursued by locating and notifying taxpayers of the taxes owed, through the conduct of the annual tax sale auction, suspension of driver’s license and vehicle registration (for motor vehicle tax only) and the administration of the Setoff Debt Collection Program.

Real and Personal Property
Real and personal property taxes are considered delinquent if not paid on or before January 15th of the year following the taxable year. Penalties are applied in accordance with South Carolina State Statute 12-45-180 and late fees are applied in accordance with South Carolina State Statute. Both are collected by the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office.

Motor Vehicles
Motor vehicle taxes are considered delinquent if not paid on or before the date shown on your motor vehicle property tax bill. Any penalties or fees associated with a late motor vehicle tax payment are determined and collected by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV), not by the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office. Once paid, SCDMV will send you a bill for any late fees and accepts payment at any of their local field offices or online.

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