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Beaufort County Treasurer Announces News Conference

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, September 21, 2017

In 2015, Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer, announced her new website, providing transparent data and information unmatched by any other Treasurer's website in the State of South Carolina.  Read More

Treasurer announces Annual Tax Auction

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Beaufort County Treasurer’s office will conduct the annual Delinquent Property Tax Auction at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center located at 1001 Hamar Street, Beaufort, SC.   Read More

End of Redemption Period Approaching

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, September 21, 2017
The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office, in accordance with South Carolina State Statute §12-51-120, will be contacting by mail the delinquent real property owners whose property was sold at the 2016 Tax Sale, to notify them that the redemption period will be ending. These notices will be mailed to delinquent property owners, mortgagees, and/or lessees of the property of record.    Read More

The Penn Center and Treasurer Announce Special Event

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Dr. Rodell Lawrence, Executive Director of The Penn Center, and Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer will hold a special community forum about heirs’ property. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. in the Frissell Hall, located on the Penn Center campus at 6 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island. Heirs’ property owners and interested members of the community are encouraged to attend. 

Heirs’ property is land and any associated dwellings that are jointly owned by descendants of a deceased individual whose estate was not handled in Probate Court. A descendant is defined as anyone related by blood. These descendants, or heirs’, have the right to use the property but do not have clear or marketable title to the property.

The forum will address issues that affect heirs’ property with a focus on the Beaufort County Delinquent Tax Sale and deed or title issues. Treasurer Walls will be presenting an overview of the tax sale process and discussing misconceptions about heirs’ property in the tax sale. The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation will discuss common deed issues for heirs’ property and the resources available to obtain a clear title.

For over one hundred and fifty years, the Penn Center has been at the epicenter of African American education and historic preservation. To combat the threat of land loss along the Gullah Geechee coastal communities, the Penn Center established the Land Use and Environmental Education Program (LUEE) to assist native islanders with issues of land retention and stewardship through education and legal services.

The mission of Penn Center is “To Promote & Preserve the History and Culture of the Sea Islands”. Dr. Lawrence stated “my vision for Penn Center is to insure our sustainability and relevance to the people of the St. Helena Island community”.

The mission of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation is to protect heirs’ property and promote the sustainable use of land to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families through legal and forestry education and services.

“The Center’s combined work is helping families keep their land and begin to build wealth to pass on to the next generation,” said Attorney Watson. “But the first step must be the resolution of any heirs’ property issues on the land. Only then can these families benefit fully from the forestry program and realize more income from it. Ultimately, this work is providing one pathway out of persistent poverty in South Carolina.”  

Since joining the Treasurer’s Office in 2011, Treasurer Walls has put transparency and public education at the forefront of her administration through proactive communication and extensive online resources and data.

“The pursuit of delinquent taxes is my responsibility but my staff and I are still public servants and I want people to know we care about our community and the people in it,” said Treasurer Walls. “The tax sale process is often misunderstood and, in the past, was not carried out in the transparent manner that it should have been. If someone has to go through this process, I want them to have every resource possible, available to them so they can make the best decision for themselves and their property.”

For more information on the Penn Center and the LUEE Program, please visit www.PennCenter.com. For more information about the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation, please visit www.heirsproperty.org. For more information about the Treasurer’s Office and the Delinquent Tax Sale, please visit BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com.   Read More

Bidder Registration Begins for Delinquent Tax Sale

Chydonna Thurston - Monday, August 21, 2017
Bidder registration for the Beaufort County Tax Auction will begin Tuesday, September 6, 2017. The auction will take place Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center located at 1001 Hamar Street in Beaufort.    Read More

Posting of Notice of Levy on Delinquent Properties Begins

Chydonna Thurston - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin levying delinquent properties on August 7, 2017. This is the process in which a Notice of Levy sign is affixed to a property to notify the owner that the property taxes have not been paid. To avoid a property being posted, the delinquent property owner must sign and return their certified notice or pay the property taxes due.   Read More

Setoff Debt Letters Mailed

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, July 21, 2017

On July 13, 2017, notification letters were sent to delinquent taxpayers whose delinquent taxes are being submitted to the Department of Revenue’s Setoff Debt program. In accordance with South Carolina State Statute, the Setoff Debt program allows the Treasurer’s Office to collect on outstanding debt by garnishing the South Carolina State income tax refunds of delinquent taxpayers.  Read More

Treasurer Announces County’s Annual Online Auction

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will auction properties owned by the Beaufort County Forfeited Land Commission (FLC) in an online auction through Meares Auction Group.  All properties auctioned are available for immediate title.  Read More

Certified Delinquent Tax Bills Mailed

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office has mailed 4,200 certified delinquent tax bills to taxpayers with outstanding balances on their real and personal property.  Read More

Treasurer hosts successful Unclaimed Funds Event

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, June 16, 2017

Treasurer Curtis Loftis and Beaufort County Treasurer, Maria Walls, came together to host an Unclaimed Funds Event at the Bluffton Public Library.  Read More

Beaufort County Unclaimed Property Event

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office has joined efforts with the South Carolina State Treasurer’s Office to announce Beaufort County’s first Unclaimed Property event. This event is for County residents to claim their previously unclaimed property, such as undeposited checks.   Read More

County Treasurer’s Offices Closed for Bi-Annual Training

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will be closed on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 to conduct a Professional Development Day with our staff. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you as we work to enhance our ongoing commitment to serving Beaufort County.

Our offices will reopen under normal business hours on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8: 00 a.m.   Read More

Treasurer Mails Delinquent Tax Bills

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office would like to announce the mailing of 24,755 delinquent property tax bills for the tax year 2016, totaling approximately $23 million.  Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

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.   Read More

End of Redemption Period Approaching

Chydonna Thurston - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office, in accordance with South Carolina State Statute §12-51-120, will be contacting by mail the delinquent real property owners whose property was sold at the 2015 Tax Sale, to notify them that the redemption period will be ending.

“Once the redemption period has ended there is very little recourse for the property owner and their property will be titled to the winning bidder. Because of this, we make every effort to inform them of this deadline.”, said Maria Walls, Beaufort County Treasurer.

These notices will be mailed to delinquent property owners, mortgagees, and/or lessees of the property of record. These parties will have until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016 to redeem the 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.

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

Treasurer's Office Announces Online Option for Setoff Debt Protests

Chydonna Thurston - Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will offer an online form for taxpayers wishing to protest a delinquent tax debt submitted to the Department of Revenue for collection pursuant to the Setoff Debt Collection Act.

On August 12, 2016, Collection of Debt letters were sent to delinquent taxpayers with delinquent real and/or personal property taxes in an attempt to collect tax debts. Previously, the only method to protest a debt was by submitting a written protest via mail. Taxpayers will now also have the option to file a protest of debt online by visiting www.beaufortcountytreasurer.com/protest.

“In the last year, the Treasurer’s Office collected over $540,000 in delinquent taxes through the Setoff Debt Collection program. By offering an online protest option, a taxpayer may conveniently dispute and hopefully resolve the debt owed prior to having their state refund garnished for the debt,” said Maria Walls, Beaufort County Treasurer.

Taxpayers will be able to protest delinquent debts in writing, by mail or using the new online option within 30 days of the date listed on their letter. Additional information may be obtained by visiting the Beaufort County Treasurer’s website, www.beaufortcountytreasurer.com.   Read More

Posting of Notice of Levy on Delinquent Property Begins

Chydonna Thurston - Monday, July 18, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin levying delinquent properties on August 8, 2016. This is the process in which a Notice of Levy sign will be affixed to the property to notify the owner that the property taxes have not been paid. Not all delinquent property will be posted. If the Treasurer’s Office receives an appropriately signed certified notice prior to posting that delinquent property will not be posted.

Delinquent property owners have until August 31, 2016 to pay the taxes in full before an additional delinquent fee of $50.00 is added. Personal checks will not be accepted after August 31, 2016. The taxes must be paid by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 to prevent the property from being auctioned at the Delinquent Tax Sale. The Beaufort County Delinquent Tax Sale will take place on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Charles Lind Brown Gymnasium, 1001 Hamar Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.

No payments will be accepted for the delinquent property on the day of the auction.   Read More

Deliquent Tax bills have been mailed

Chydonna Thurston - Monday, April 18, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office announces the mailing of 23,450 delinquent property tax bills for the 2015 tax year, totaling approximately $23 million.   Read More

Bluffton Treasurer’s Office Relocation

Chydonna Thurston - Friday, February 19, 2016

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Bluffton Office will be closed on Monday, February 22, 2016 while we relocate to the newly renovated 3rd floor of the Myrtle Park Professional Center, located at 4819 Bluffton Parkway. Our Beaufort and Hilton Head Island offices will be opened for regular business on Monday 8AM - 5PM. The Bluffton office will reopen under normal business hours on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 8AM.

We thank you for your patience during this transition.   Read More

Treasurer’s Office expands services to Sun City Hilton Head

Maria Walls - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Beginning February 9, 2016, in partnership with Sun City Hilton Head Owners’ Assocation, the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will have service hours on the second Tuesday of each month within Sun City Hilton Head, during off-peak months. During this time Beaufort County residents residing within Sun City Hilton Head will be offered services which will provide the ability to:   Read More

Treasurer Announces Lower Convenience Fees

Maria Walls - Friday, December 11, 2015

Effective December 10, 2015, the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office has reduced convenience fees by 0.25%. These fees are charged when a taxpayer pays by credit card, debit card, or electronic check.   Read More

2015 Tax Bills Mailed With New Payment Option

Maria Walls - Friday, November 13, 2015

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office announces the mailing of the 2015 real and personal property tax bills, totaling $346,000,000.  Read More

Treasurer Wins Government Excellence Award

Maria Walls - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On September 30, 2015, Maria Walls, CPA, Beaufort County Treasurer, was awarded Thomson Reuters’ Office Holder of the Year award, part of Thomson Reuters Public Sector Champion Awards. Ms. Walls was selected to receive the prestigious award from among more than 1,000 Thomson Reuters government customers worldwide for her excellence in planning, leadership, and service to Beaufort County.   Read More

First Online FLC Auction Considered a Success

Maria Walls - Thursday, September 17, 2015
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Bidder registration begins for Delinquent Tax Sale

Maria Walls - Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Bidder registration for the Beaufort County Tax Auction will begin Tuesday, September 8, 2015.   Read More

Posting of Delinquent Property Begins

Maria Walls - Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office will begin levying delinquent properties on August 24, 2015. This is the process in which a sign is affixed to property to notify the owner that the property taxes have not been paid. Not all delinquent property will be posted. If the Treasurer’s Office received an appropriately signed delinquent certified notice that delinquent property will not be posted.   Read More

Treasurer Announces County's First Online Auction

Maria Walls - Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Redemption Payments Accepted at all Office Locations

Maria Walls - Thursday, August 27, 2015

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Beaufort County Treasurer Announces New Website

Maria Walls - Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Maria Walls, CPA, was sworn in as Beaufort County’s Treasurer on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. Her first action as Treasurer was to announce a new website, BeaufortCountyTreasurer.com Read More

New Beaufort County Treasurer to Take Office and Hold Press Conference

Maria Walls - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Maria Walls will be sworn in as Beaufort County’s Treasurer at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The ceremony will take place in Beaufort County Council Chambers, County Administration Building, 100 Ribaut Road, Beaufort. Ms. Walls will hold a press conference immediately following the ceremony and all local media are invited to participate. All three locations of the Treasurer’s Office will close that day at 12 noon to support the transition of duties to Ms. Walls from outgoing Treasurer Doug Henderson, who did not seek re-election.  Read More

Treasurer’s Office Streamlining Address Change Requests

HDM Admin - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

To help ensure that taxpayers receive tax bills as timely and efficiently as possible, the Beaufort County Treasurer's Office will assume the responsibility of processing all requests to change mailing addresses for taxpayers starting May 1, 2015. Such requests had previously rested with the County Assessor’s and Auditor’s Offices. The County hopes the shift will make this process more convenient for taxpayers, while helping to avoid unnecessary penalties and reducing costs associated with remailing tax bills. “The Treasurer’s Office has noticed a significant increase in the volume of tax bills returned lately. We want to remind taxpayers of the importance in keeping their mailing address current with the County. Failure to receive a tax bill does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest due, the delinquency date, existence of a tax lien, or any procedure a taxing unit institutes to collect the tax,” said Deputy Treasurer and Treasurer-Elect Maria Walls.  Read More

New Software Brings New Payment Policy

Maria Walls - Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Starting July 16, 2014 all payments previously made in the Beaufort County Planning, Zoning, Building Codes, Business License, and Codes Enforcement Departments must be made in the Treasurer’s office. This new policy is a result of new software implemented in the above- mentioned departments.  Read More

Treasurer Doug Henderson not seeking Re-election

Maria Walls - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Beaufort County Treasurer Doug Henderson announced he would not seek or run for re-election this November.   Read More

Treasurer's Office Saving Taxpayers' Money

Maria Walls - Friday, February 22, 2013

After teaming up with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, the Beaufort County Treasurer’s office is saving taxpayers $41,000 in postage costs.  Read More


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