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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.



Property Tax Agricultural Qualification Procedures

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Assessor’s Office would like to remind citizens that a 6% assessment ratio is automatically applied to all agriculture property that changed ownership during the 2013 tax year.  If these properties will continue to be used as agriculture properties for the 2014 tax year the new owner will need to apply for the special assessment.

Owners are encouraged to apply for the agriculture special assessment by September 1, 2014, to have the special assessment reflected in their tax bills which will be mailed in October 2014.  The deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

Agricultural real property shall mean any tract of real property which is used to raise, harvest or store crops, feed, breed or manage livestock, or to produce plants, trees, fowl or animals useful to man, including the preparation of the products raised thereon for man's use and disposed of by marketing or other means. It includes but is not limited to such real property used for agriculture, grazing, horticulture, forestry, dairying and mariculture.

In order to apply for the agriculture special assessment, property owners should download the Horry County Assessor’s application located on Horry County on Horry County Governments website.

The application may be submitted in person or mailed to the Horry County Assessor’s Office 1301 Second Avenue Suite 1CO8 Conway, S.C. 29526.  Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

For more information contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at 843-915-5040



Property Tax Legal Residence Qualification Procedures

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Assessor’s Office would like to remind citizens that a 6% assessment ratio is automatically applied to all property. If the residence will be a primary/legal residence, they may qualify for the lower 4% assessment ratio.

Owners are encouraged to apply for the 4% legal residence assessment ratio by August 1, 2014, to have the lower ratio reflected in their tax bills, which will be mailed in October 2014. The deadline is January 15, 2015.

In order to qualify for the 4% ratio, property owners should download the Horry County Assessor’s application located on Horry County Government’s website. Once the application is filled out, owners will need to provide documentation along with the application. Documentation includes:
  • South Carolina driver’s license or identification cards showing the current address for the owner(s) and spouse
  • South Carolina vehicle registration(s) showing the current address for the owner(s) and spouse
  • Most recently filed Federal and South Carolina income tax return for the owner(s) and spouse
  • South Carolina voter’s registration cards for owner(s) and spouse
  • If legally separated or divorced, court issued proof of legal separation or divorce
  • For members of the United States Military, copies of current orders and military ID
  • Other proof may be required as necessary
The application and supporting documents may be brought in person or mailed to the Horry County Assessor’s Office, 1301 Second Avenue, Conway, SC 29526. Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

For more information, contact the Horry County Assessor’s Office at 843-915-5040.


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