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Property Tax Applications to the Beaufort County Assessor

Due to the sensitive nature of personal information and for security reasons, the Beaufort County Assessor’s office will no longer accept 4% Residential Assessment Ratio, Agriculture Use, Developer Discount, Home Owners Association, or Appeal applications via FAX or EMAIL. This includes any additional information as requested by the Assessor’s office.
To ensure delivery, it is recommended that such applications be hand-delivered to any of the Assessor’s offices in Beaufort, Bluffton or Hilton Head Island. A date stamp filing receipt will be provided.


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Welcome to the Webs Page of the Beaufort County Assessor’s Office

Dear Beaufort County Citizens and Visitors,

As Beaufort County Assessor, it is always my privilege to share with you the latest available Beaufort County real property information.  

Tax Year 2015 assessment notices, dated September 15, were mailed on August 28, 2015.  This extended the appeal deadline period an additional 18 days.  For those property owners who receive a 2015 assessment notice, the deadline to file an appeal is December 14, 2015.  Taxpayers who do not receive notice are permitted to file an appeal on or before January 15, 2016.  Appeals filed after January 15, 2016 will be reviewed for the 2016 tax year.

Renting Primary Residences Assessed at 4%

 Commencing in Tax Year 2014, the South Carolina General Assembly passed legislation increasing the number of allowable calendar year rent days from 14 to 72 days without forfeiture of the 4% resident property tax exemption. If a property currently receives the same exemption, ANY changes in rental status must be reported to the Assessor’s Office within 6 months of the date of change.

In cases of property rental, the administrative review of 4% Special Assessment Ratio applications now includes a requirement to file the Rental Addendum with the application.  Information requested includes but is not limited to such items as: rental history, rental marketing methods, accommodation tax reports, and Federal and State income tax returns including all schedules. We may also conduct onsite inspections of the subject property to ascertain occupancy status.

Declaration of rental history results in a 1-year exemption only and requires annual application.

 Property Tax Savings for Active Members of the Armed Forces

Active members of the Armed Forces who are residents of another state are considered residents domiciled in South Carolina as long as the member’s permanent duty station is in South Carolina.  PCS orders filed with the County Assessor is proof of the member’s duty station.  Application deadline is before the first penalty date for payment of taxes for the tax year the applicant claims eligibility.

In addition, if a member of the Armed Forces who received permanent change of duty station or temporary duty assignment for at least one (1) year regardless of assignment location and at the time of receipt of said orders was receiving the 4% ratio or then receives rental income from the property, the 4% residential ratio is retained for as long as the owner remains on active duty.  This does not apply if the owner or a member of the household claims the 4% ratio on another residence in the state.  *Annual filing of the Military Affidavit by May 15th is required in order to receive the property tax savings of the 4% Special Assessment ratio under this provision of the law.


On a personal note, I will retire as Beaufort County Assessor on October 16, 2015.  A Special thank you goes out to my staff and County Administration for the support given to me during the past 10 years. 

Please feel free to contact me - or any members of my staff - if you have questions.


Ed Hughes

Beaufort County Assessor

Office Locations:
Beaufort Office
100 Ribaut Road
County Admin Bldg, Room 210
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone : 843-255-2400
Fax: 843-255-9404
Mailing Address
P.O. Drawer 1228
Beaufort, SC 29901
Bluffton Office
4819 Bluffton Parkway
Myrtle Park Bldg, Room 220
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: 843-255-2419
Fax: 843-255-9485
Hilton Head Office
539 William Hilton Parkway, Room  106
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Phone: 843-255-2425
Fax: 843-255-9486