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The Horry County Assessor's Office appraises and lists all real property for taxation and maintains ownership information. It reviews legal residence (or primary residence) applications, agriculture assessments, and many other ownership functions.


Functions

  • Determine approximately 82% of the county's property tax base.
  • Appraise and list all real property for taxation that is located in Horry County, excepting real property that is assessed by the Department of Revenue.
  • Maintain inventory of all real estate in Horry County depicting land ownership boundaries, along with data records showing ownerships, legal descriptions and tax districts.
  • Review and qualify real properties for legal residence and agricultural special assessments.
  • Represent the county in property tax appeals to the Board of Assessment Appeals and the Administrative Law Judge Division.

Legal Residence

The South Carolina General Assembly has passed two new Amendments regarding legal residence. Find out more about how these changes may affect your Legal Residence Qualification.

Assessable Transfer of Interest (ATI)

  • Some properties are reappraised each tax year pursuant to Section 12-37-3140 of the SC Code of Laws.
  • Section 12-37-3140 states, "For property tax years beginning after 2006 the fair market value of real property is its fair market value applicable for December thirty-first of the year in which an assessable transfer of interest (ATI) has occurred."
  • "An assessable transfer of interest (ATI) means a transfer of an existing interest in real property that subjects the real property to appraisal. For purposes of this definition, an existing interest in real property includes life estate interests."
  • For further information regarding when a transfer of interest is considered an assessable transfer of interest (ATI), download "ARTICLE 25".

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we pay property tax?
Property tax is collected by local governments to provide for the many services most of us take for granted. Schools, police and fire protection and public libraries are possible because of revenue from the property tax. We are all asked to pay our fair share of the cost of these services by paying tax in proportion to the value of our property.
How is property taxed?
South Carolina's Constitution requires that property be taxed in accordance with the properties value. From the time your property is added to the tax rolls, the tax assessment does not change unless physical changes have been made or a reassessment program is implemented or an assessable transfer of interest occurs. The most recent reassessment was implemented for the 2010 tax year. The next countywide reassessment is scheduled to be implemented for the 2014 tax year. In determining the County's annual budget, County Council sets the tax levy each year. The rate is reflected in "mills" or "millage rate", and one mill is one thousandth of one dollar (.001). The County Assessor appraises real property, the Auditor maintains the property tax rolls and calculates individual property taxes, and the County Treasurer collects the property taxes. All property is appraised at its fair market value and is multiplied by the appropriate assessment ratio for the type of property. All real property is assessed at a four percent (owner occupied primary residence) four or six percent (farm) or a six percent (all other) rate. Therefore, property taxes are determined by multiplying the fair market value, times the assessment ratio, times the millage rate. For example, the tax on your legal, full-time residence in Horry County is determined this way:

 

A home located in the unincorporated area o Horry County (qualified legal residence):

$125,000 Fair market value of home
x   4% Assessment ratio (4% if qualified legal resident)
$5,000 Assessed value
x   .2026 Countywide millage rate 1
$1,013.00 Taxes
-   601.00 Tax credit - (5,000 @ .1202) School operations
$412.00 Taxes Due

A commercial property located in the unincorporated area of Horry County:

$125,000 Fair market value of home
x   6% Assessment ratio
$7,500 Assessed value
x   .2026 Countywide millage rate 1
$1,519.50 Taxes Due

1 County Millage: 45.2; School: 130.2; Fire: 21.2; Waste Mgmt: 6.0;

Although a taxpayer receives just one property tax bill, there are other agencies that utilize that one tax bill to collect their own taxes. These agencies are itemized out on your bill, which include the School District, municipalities, special tax districts, etc. Any increase by any of these agencies will result in an increase to the overall tax bill.

How do I register my mobile home?
A $5.00 registration fee (if registered within fifteen (15) days of purchase, if not a $5 penalty will be added) must be paid to the Horry County Tax Assessors Department prior to issuance of building permit. All taxes must be paid on any pre-owned manufactured home before it can be registered and mobile home decal or moving permit issued. Payment may be made by cash OR check for the full amount. One payment type can only be accepted.
  • New Mobile Home:
    1. Title
    2. Form 400
    3. Form 100/500 with complete MH description
  • Used Mobile Home:
    1. Information listed in #1
    2. Previous owner's name or name listed on tax rolls
    3. Sticker # off MH
    4. All taxes paid
  • Mobile Home moved into Horry County from another county or state:
    1. Information listed in #1
    2. Moving permit issued by the county/state
    3. Paid tax receipt for current year from other county

After the mobile home has been registered, a permit must be obtained from Horry County Code Enforcement ($150 plus Zoning fees).

Alterations: Building permit costs will be based on appendix B of the 1997 Standard Building Code plus Zoning fees.

Common Terms

Real Property
All land and the buildings, structures or improvements on that land.
Assessment
An appraised or determined value of real property multiplied by the appropriate corresponding ratio equals the assessment or assessed value.
Fair Market Value
The amount for which property can reasonably be expected to sell on the open market with a willing buyer and willing seller.
Reassessment
Process required by law to determine changes in market value of property over a certain period of time in order to provide equity among taxpayers.
Millage Rate
The amount of mills levied in order to meet the budget of a school district, county, city or other political subdivision. One mill equals 1/1000 of a dollar (.001).
Tax Map Number
This is a unique eleven (11) digit number that is the basis for property identification and location.
GIS/Geographic Information System
This is the linking of tabular data to maps residing in a computer as graphics files. Either maps or data can be called interactively.
Assessable Transfer of Interest
A transfer of an existing interest in real property that subjects the real property to appraisal. For purposes of this definition, an existing interest in real property includes life estate interest.
Capped Value
Each political subdivision shall value real property by a method in which the value of each parcel of real property, adjusted for improvements and losses, does not increase more than fifteen percent every five years unless an assessable transfer of interest occurs.
Special Assessments
  • Legal Residence (4%) - Owner occupied dwellings
  • Agriculture (4%) - Agriculture properties with bonafide agriculture use.
  • Agriculture (6%) - Agriculture properties with bonafide agriculture use owned by a corporation with 10 or more stockholders.
Multi-Lot Discount
If you are the original developer of a subdivision, you may be eligible for a discount on the values of unsold lots. You may apply each year for this discount. Application period is January 1 to May 1 of each tax year.
Builders/Developers Exemption
The South Carolina General Assembly passed legislation in 2009 to give builders/developers an exemption on property tax for newly constructed, unoccupied, detached, single-family homes that received their Certificate of Occupancy (CO) after 2006 (in those jurisdictions that require COs). Application period is from January 1st thru January 31st of each tax year.
Rollback Taxes
When real property which is in agriculture use and is being valued, assessed and taxed under the provisions of this article, is applied to another use other than agriculture, it shall be subject to additional taxes, hereafter referred to as rollback taxes, in the amount equal to the difference, if any, between taxes payable or the basis of the agricultural use valuation and assessment and the taxes that would have been paid had the property been taxed at the market value appraisal and 6% assessment ratio. The rollback can be applied to the five years preceding the first year the property is taxed at 6% due to the change in use.
* Rollback taxes are billed to the December 31 owner of record in the year the use changed in October of the following year.

Major Projects

Horry County has implemented county-wide reassessments in 1982, 1987, 1999, 2005 and 2010. The next countywide reassessment is currently scheduled to be implemented for tax year 2014.

Interesting Facts

  • Horry County is the largest county in land area in South Carolina with 1,143 square miles.
  • There are approximately 250,000. taxed real estate parcels in Horry County.
  • Horry County is among those counties with the lowest tax rate in State.

Department Well

Department Head
Rendel Mincey
Contact
Phone: (843) 915-5040
Fax: (843) 915-6040
Mailing Address
1301 Second Avenue Ste. 1C08
Conway, SC 29526
Physical Address
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Office Hours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

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