There are 14 different property types taxed in Beaufort County. No matter the property type, the Beaufort County Treasurer’s Office is tasked with the responsibility of collecting the taxes. However, depending on the property type, there are two departments that assign values to property.

Below are the property types taxed in Beaufort County and the department responsible for each portion of the taxation process. If you have received a bill but are not sure what property type the bill is for, you can determine this by finding the Property ID on your bill. The alpha characters at the beginning of your Property ID indicate the property type and are referenced below.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Real property is land and any improvements on the property, such as a dwelling or other building. You may be eligible for certain exemptions or Special Assessment Ratios based on different factors such as your age, disability status, agricultural use status, and whether the property is your primary residence. For more information, contact the Beaufort County Assessor’s Office.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Mobile homes must be titled with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) and registered with Beaufort County Building Codes. If you need to register your mobile home you must have a title from SCDMV stating you are the owner; dealers may use a bill of sale and title application receipt. Detailed requirements for registering a mobile home can be obtained from the Beaufort County Building Codes Office.

If you are moving a mobile home you must have a permit. A permit is needed before moving a mobile home. This permit can be obtained from the Beaufort County Building Codes Office.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Motor vehicles must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV). However, before you can register your vehicle the property taxes must be paid. To get a bill created contact the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office. After paying the taxes due you may take your paid tax receipt to any South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) field office to register your vehicle.

If your vehicle is already registered with SCDMV, your motor vehicle tax bill will be generated by the 15th of the month preceding the month of your renewal. Upon the receipt of your tax payment, SCDMV will send your decal and registration by postal mail within 3-10 business days to the address listed in their records.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Aircrafts must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, and are valued by the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office based on both information received by the Federal Aviation Administration and a required annual return form sent to the taxpayer by the Auditor’s Office.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Commercial boats are vessels used for trawling in South Carolina State waters, within the General Trawl Zone (GTZ), and must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR). However, before you can register your watercraft or renew your registration the property taxes must be paid. If your taxes are not paid timely, the Tax Collector flags the registration as unpaid. Payment is accepted in-person at any one of our office locations, online, and by mail. Once payment is received the Treasurer will notify DNR to remove the flag.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Corporations transacting or conducting business within South Carolina are required to file a corporate tax return. Corporate returns must be filed with the South Carolina Department of Revenue as long as the Corporation's charter or authority to do business is registered with South Carolina Secretary of State.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Documented vessels are vessels five tons or more used in fishing activities on navigable waters of the United States or in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), or used in coastwise trade must be registered with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) unless it is exempt from documentation. Net tonnage is a measure of a vessel’s volume, not the vessel’s weight.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Owners of businesses in Beaufort County using equipment, furniture, fixtures or machinery are required to file an annual personal property tax return with the Beaufort County Auditor between January 1 and April 30 of each year. Failure to file this form will result in an estimated value that may be far greater than your actual property value. The only exception to this is if your business is required to file an annual return with the South Carolina Department of Revenue. If your business closes, contact the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office for information regarding properly closing the account to prevent future billing.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Business Personal Property Tax (BPP) is assessed annually on a business’ furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Assets claimed and depreciated for federal income tax purposes are reported on the South Carolina Department of Revenue's PT-100 form annually. Failure to file this form will result in an estimated value that may be far greater than your actual property value. If your business closes, you must notify the South Carolina Department of Revenue and properly close the account to prevent future billing.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

When a residential property is not the owner’s legal residence the dwelling and its contents are taxed, separately. For each of these dwellings, the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office disseminates a Rental Property Return every year. On this form you provide the value of the contents within the dwelling being rented. If the Rental Property Return is not completed the Auditor’s Office will create a Rental Property Tax Bill based on 10% of the dwelling’s value.

If you do not rent this property the taxes may be removed but you must notify the Auditor’s Office by completing the Rental Property Return and indicate that you do not rent the property, by submitting an email to Auditor[at]bcgov.net [make this an email address], or by returning the remittance coupon from your Rental Property Tax Bill certifying the property is not rented (you do not need to remit payment).

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Signs are valued by the Auditor’s Office based on an initial return form provided to the Auditor’s Office by the taxpayer, and depreciated annually. If you have questions about the value of your sign, please contact the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Utility companies include water and sewer companies, power companies, telephone companies, wireless telecommunication companies, and cable companies. This property tax type is assessed based on fair market value, and the South Carolina Department of Revenue may use any accepted or recognized valuation method which reflects the property's fair market value.

Valued by: Beaufort County Assessor
Taxes calculated by: Beaufort County Auditor
Taxes collected by: Beaufort County Treasurer

Watercraft such as boats, motors, jet skis, sailboats, or waverunners must be registered with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and titled in the owner’s name. However, before you can register your watercraft or renew your registration the property taxes must be paid. If your taxes are not paid timely, the Tax Collector flags the registration as unpaid. Payment is accepted in-person at any one of our office locations, online, and by mail. Once payment is received the Treasurer will notify DNR to remove the flag.

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