Delinquent Tax

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Taxes are considered delinquent if not paid on or before January 15 of the year following the taxable year.  The Tax Collector within the Treasurer's office investigates and collects delinquent real and personal property taxes, penalties, and costs, locates and notifies taxpayers of taxes owed, and maintains an accurate, up-to-date account of monies collected.  They also play an integral part in the planning and managing of the annual Tax Sale and coordination of post-sale work such as title research and deed preparation.

Setoff Debt Collection Program

In an effort to collect delinquent taxes more efficiently and in conjunction with the Setoff Debt Collection Act, Title 12-56-62 of the South Carolina Code, the Beaufort County Treasurer's office implemented a Setoff Debt Program effective fall of 2013 that allows for the collection of delinquent taxes via garnishment of South Carolina State income tax refunds scheduled for distribution in 2014.  Initially, collection efforts will be applied to delinquent mobile homes only.  Additional property class types could be added as the program moves forward.  Affected taxpayers were notified by mail 30 - 45 days prior to submission to the program, allowing them time to resolve their delinquent balances.  Please contact the Beaufort County Tax Collector at 843-255-2600 for additional information.  Any discrepancies must be handled through the Tax Collector's office, within the Treasurer's office, in Beaufort.  Payments are accepted at any of the three Treasurer's office locations, Beaufort, Bluffton, or Hilton Head Island.

TIMELINE FOR TAX SALE BIDDER INTEREST & FEES

3%   -   October 7, 2013 - January 6, 2014

6%   -   January 7, 2014 - April 7, 2014

   March 17, 2014   -   2013 taxes will be added

9%   -   April 8, 2014 - July 7, 2014

   July 1, 2014   -   title search fee will be added

12%   -   July 8, 2014 - October 8, 2014

DELINQUENCY  TIMELINE 

Should your account become delinquent, in addition to the penalty periods listed on the front of your bill, the following is a schedule of the delinquent collections process:

April         -  Delinquent accounts are mailed a delinquent tax bill.

May          -  Delinquent accounts are mailed a delinquent bill via certified mail.

August      -  Delinquent accounts are posted, if the certified mail was not returned to the Treasurer's office.

September -  Delinquent accounts are advertised to the public.

October      -  Delinquent accounts are sent to tax sale.

 The tax execution delinquent costs are added as follows:

 after March 31   each year

  • $75.00 on all Personal Property
  • $75.00 on all Real Property

 after August 31   each year

  • $50.00 on all Personal Property
  • $50.00 on all Real Property

After August 31, 2014, all payments on delinquent accounts must be made in the form of cash, cashier's check, certified funds, or money order. No personal checks will be accepted on delinquent accounts.