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Horry County Auditor Announces Online Filing for Business Personal Property Tax Returns

Conway, South Carolina—Horry County Auditor Dr. Lois Eargle announced today a new online filing system for business personal property tax returns filed with the County Auditor’s Office. Property owners who are subject to the business personal property tax will be receiving a postcard in the mail with instructions on how to file online, providing a fast, convenient way to file rather than by a paper form.

In the past, property owners required to file business personal property tax returns with the County used a PR-26 form.  While PR-26 forms will still be mailed out in March to property owners subject to business personal property tax, they can now file online instead of using paper forms.

The new online system will be more efficient both for taxpayers and for the staff in the Auditor’s Office in processing approximately 84,000 returns.

Property subject to business personal property tax includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment that are owned and used in a business. This includes the furniture, fixtures, and equipment associated with residential properties that are not primary or secondary homes, such as rental units. This update to the system deals specifically with business personal property taxes that are filed with the County Auditor’s Office.  

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the online filing system can call the Horry County Auditor’s office at (843) 915-5054. 



Legal Residence Application Now Available Online

Conway, South Carolina - The Horry County Assessor’s office is pleased to announce that filing an application for legal residence no longer requires the taxpayer to visit the office. The Assessor’s website now has a fully electronic application that can be completed from home or on a mobile device.  Taxpayers will need to know their Property Identification Number (PIN), which can be found on their tax notice, and have the ability to either scan and attach the documentation or take a clear photo from a mobile device. These documents will then need to be attached in the program to complete the application. 

To access the application, users can go to the Assessor’s website, choose the blue Legal Residence Application button and follow the prompts. For assistance or additional information, contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at (843) 915-5040.

Taxpayers unable to submit applications via the internet may still apply in person at the Horry County Assessor’s Office located at the Olin Blanton Building, 1201 21st Avenue in Myrtle Beach or at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, located at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. 



2015 Property Tax Bills Mailed

Conway, South Carolina—The County is mailing approximately 250,000 real property tax bills this week. You can currently view your tax bill online by visiting www.horrycounty.org and clicking “Online Services”, then clicking “Tax Payments and Receipts”. Next, enter the property owner name or map number to view the details of the tax bill. This is the same screen where you can make an on-line payment if you chose to do so.  With the implementation of the new tax billing system, you can now pay property taxes by telephone by calling 1-866-830-3582.  The following day you can print your tax receipt from the County’s website by following the above steps.

Tax bills relating to 2015 can be paid without penalty up to January 15, 2016. Payments postmarked after January 15, 2016, and payments paid at the County’s Treasurer’s Office locations after January 15, 2016 will be subject to a 3% penalty, and additional penalty of 7% if not paid on or before February 1, 2016, and a third penalty of 5% if not paid on or before  March 16, 2016.  Additional information relating to paying real property taxes on-line, or signing up for the installment payment plan, is available HERE. The deadline for new applications for the 2016 tax year Installment Payment Program is January 15, 2016.  For more information concerning tax payments please contact the Horry County Treasurer’s Office at (843) 915-5470.

The Horry County Auditor’s Office is mailing approximately 83,000 personal property tax bills. Personal property tax must be paid on all personal property, including business personal property used to generate business income within Horry County. This includes business personal property, such as furniture, which is located within a condominium or house that is rented to third parties to generate revenue for the owner. The tax is assessed on the values that the business owners report to the County when they file the Form PR 26 by April 30th each year. More information regarding this filing requirement, including the form and the instructions, are available HERE. If you have questions regarding the personal property tax bill that you receive, or if you filed a Form PR 26 but do not receive a personal property tax bill, please call the Auditor’s Office at 843-915-5054.

The Auditor’s office is also mailing over 16,000 tax notices for watercraft/motors (SCDNR-registered boats and U. S. Coast Guard documented vessels).  There is no annual filing requirement for SCDNR-registered boats; however, if you own a vessel federally documented with the U. S. Coast Guard, you are required to file a Watercraft Survey with the Auditor’s Office by April 30th of each year for a vessel you owned on the prior December 31st, even though it may have been sold after the December 31st assessment date.  The Watercraft Survey is available HERE. If you have a question about taxes on a SCDNR-registered watercraft, please call 843-915-5055.  If you have questions about a tax notice for a U. S. Coast Guard documented vessel, please call 843-915-6643.



Horry County Vehicle Tax Receipts Changed

Conway, South Carolina – Effective immediately, citizens who mail in their annual vehicle tax payment or drop their payment off in one of the Horry County Treasurer’s drop box locations, will receive a receipt (SAMPLE) with their renewal registration and sticker from the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles instead of the county mailing a separate vehicle tax receipt.  Citizens who pay in person or online will continue to receive a printed receipt.

The Horry County Treasurer’s Office has office locations in:

  • Conway at the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue,
  • Myrtle Beach at the Olin Blanton Complex, 1201 21st Avenue,
  • Socastee/Myrtle Beach at the South Strand Complex, 9630 Scipio Lane
  • Little River/Longs at the Stephen’s Crossroads Complex, 107 Highway 57 North

Citizens may visit the Horry County website to print additional copies of their receipt or pay their taxes online.  Simply click on Online Services and then Tax Payments & Receipts.  The system allows searches by name, receipt number or map number.

For more information, contact the Horry County Treasurer’s Office at 843-915-5470.

 



Some Property Owners to Receive Property Assessment Notices This Week

Conway, South Carolina— Approximately 26 percent of Horry County property owners will be receiving real estate assessment notices this week. The form they will receive is clearly marked at the top with “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL”, and it shows the 2014 market and taxable property values, as well as the assessment value which is used to calculate the tax bill. The reason that not all property owners will receive this notice is that State law requires the notice to be sent only to owners of properties whose market value has increased by $1,000.  This notice also provides guidance if the owner would like to appeal the assessment on their property.

The 2014 real estate property reassessment has resulted in 65,266 properties with market value increases of $1,000 or more, which are the properties that will receive the assessment notices.  There are 158,662 properties with market value decreases of $1,000 or more and 26,000 properties with increases or decreases less than $1,000.

Each property owner has 90 days after the date of the assessment notice to notify the Assessor’s Office if they would like to appeal the value as shown on the reassessment notice. The appeal form is available HERE. Filing an appeal does not waive the tax liability, so while the appeals process is underway, it is recommended that you pay the tax liability prior to the penalty period to avoid further penalties.  For more information on property assessment notices, please contact the Horry County Assessor’s Department at (843) 915-5040.

Also towards the end of October, the county will mail real property tax bills. Approximately 250,000 bills will be mailed. However, if you have been making installment payments during the year  as payments to be applied against your  2014 real property tax bill, your tax bill will not be mailed to you until November 15th. The reason for this delay is that the installment payment that you make during the month of October needs to be processed in order to determine the remaining balance due on your 2014 taxes.  Tax bills relating to 2014 can be paid without penalty up to January 15, 2015. Payments postmarked after January 15, 2015, and payments paid at the County’s Treasurer’s Office locations after January 15, 2015 will be subject to a 3% penalty, and additional penalty of 7% if not paid on or before February 1, 2015, and a third penalty of 5% if not paid on or before  March 16, 2015.  Additional information relating to paying real property taxes on-line, or signing up for the installment payment plan, is available HERE.  New applications for the 2015 tax year Installment Payment Program deadline is January 15, 2015.  For more information concerning tax payments please contact the Horry County Treasurer’s Office at (843) 915-5470.



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