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Welcome to the Web 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.  

Starting in May of this year, and continuing for the next 12 months, the Assessor’s office is updating our records by inspecting all real property in the county in preparation for the Reassessment in 2018.  This task entails visiting all improved and vacant properties in Beaufort County, both residential and commercial.  Our office will be represented by 15 appraisers who are assigned different neighborhoods to field check and inspect the exterior of the property.  Each inspection is brief, on average taking less than 5 minutes.  All of our staff will be wearing a Beaufort County Logo shirt/vest/coat, a county ID badge, and introduce themselves to the owner/occupant of the property upon arrival.  They will leave a yellow door hanger if no one answers the door. 

The purpose of our inspections is to verify our records, document any changes to the improvements/dwellings/outbuildings, and judge the quality and condition of the property.  The goal is to fairly and equitably document and record the value of all the properties in the county, thereby ensuring each owner pays no more or no less than their fair share of taxes. 

By way of information, some properties in the county have not been visited for over 10 years, and our records need to be updated for the reassessment.

South Carolina Code of Laws 12-43-217(A) requires each county to reappraise and adjust to fair market value each property under its jurisdiction every five years. Therefore, Beaufort County’s next reassessment (2018) must be based upon market values established as of December 31, 2017.  The first tax bill using the new reassessment data will be mailed to taxpayers in the Fall of 2018.

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

Sincerely,

Gary N. James

Beaufort County Assessor

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 this or any other state.  *Annual filing by January 15th is required in order to receive the property tax savings of the 4% Special Assessment ratio under this provision of the law.

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, 3rd Floor
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