Treasurer announces Annual Tax Auction

Hazel Digital Media Admin - 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. 

The properties listed for auction are delinquent for the 2016 tax year and any prior years. Taxpayers wishing to prevent their property from being auctioned have until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 to pay any outstanding taxes due. Payments will not be accepted the day of the auction. 

Should a defaulting taxpayer’s property be sold at tax sale, they have an opportunity to redeem the property for twelve (12) months and one day from the date of the tax sale during which time the delinquent property owner may pay the delinquent taxes and interest to the bidder, in order to maintain ownership of their property. 

All real estate subject to auction must be advertised once per week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior to the tax sale date. A complete list of properties for auction will be advertised in the Beaufort Gazette, Island Packet and Bluffton Sun as well as online at

Properties are advertised and auctioned in alphabetical order according to the defaulting owner's last name or company name as listed in Beaufort County’s tax system. If an owner has multiple properties being auctioned, the properties will be advertised and auctioned in numerical order by Property Identification Number (PIN). 

Individuals interested in bidding at the tax sale must register online or in-person at any of our three office locations before 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017. All property recording fees will be determined the day of the sale and must be paid in full with the winning bid. The registration fee is $30.00 and includes a list of all properties to be sold, distributed the morning of the auction. Registration will not be permitted the day of the sale. 

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 bid payments, deed preparation costs, and recording fees must be paid in full before the close of business on the day of the tax sale with guaranteed funds. 

To learn more about the tax sale, please visit

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