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Horry County Auditor’s Office Announces New Improvements to E-Filing

The Horry County Auditor’s Office is pleased to announce further improvements to their online e-filing systems for business personal property taxes. Since e-filing was introduced in 2017, it has become the most secure and preferred method of filing.

To date, the office has input 100,000 business personal property tax accounts. In the coming year, they will be able to add 150,000 additional accounts with assistance from new Robotic Processing Automation RPA from Blue Prism technology. The cost of the RPA technology for this project was $15,000. An estimated 3,000 hours of staff time will be saved annually with this new system allowing staff to focus on other projects and customer service initiatives.

There are plans to implement this same technology in other offices across the county to improve efficiencies and reduce staff time on manual data entry. In an effort to make more services paperless and to improve office efficiencies, the e-filing system and digital record keeping implemented by the Auditor’s office has allowed them to move the equivalent of 99 filing cabinets and 700 boxes of files to records retention.

“Working together with the Auditor, Assessor and Treasurer, our IT Department has done an absolutely fantastic job helping us implement new technology to save our taxpayers time and money,” said Auditor Lois Eargle. “We are going to continue to work together to make improvements and make our systems more efficient.” 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties not primary residence. Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054 or email auditor@horrycounty.org.



Business Personal Property Tax Deadline Extended

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 in our area, the deadline for business personal property taxes has been extended to June 1, 2020. At the request of Horry County Government, the South Carolina Department of Revenue granted this extension for taxpayers filing a tax year 2020 business personal property return with Horry County. 

Property subject to business personal property taxes include the furniture, fixtures, and equipment owned and used in business and accommodation type properties not primary residence.

Property owners who have questions about filing business personal property taxes and the e-file e-form PR-26 can call the Horry County Auditor’s Office Business Personal Property Division at (843) 915-5054.

E-filing form PR-26 is available here.

 



Important Phone Numbers and Information for Taxpayers

REAL ESTATE INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:  ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (843) 915-5040

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Assessor

The Assessor’s office responsibilities include:  keeps real property records (land, buildings and mobile homes), land transfers, appraises real property for tax purposes, takes applications for 4% assessment ratio (legal residence and agriculture property), maintains maps for assessment purposes and makes address changes on all real estate.  To apply for any special assessment or make an address change please go online https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Assessor or come into our office.

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:

AUDITOR’S OFFICE: (843) 915-5054, (843) 915-5050, (843) 915-5052, (843) 915-5053, (843) 915-5055

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor

The Auditor’s office responsibilities include:  keeps records of and appraises personal property (autos, trucks, airplanes, boats, campers, etc.), receives information for taxation (boats, airplanes, business personal property, etc.), prepares tax notices, takes applications for Homestead Exemption (see Homestead Exemption information in glossary above), and makes address changes on all personal property.

**** Personal property licensed or registered with a state agency must be appealed to the County Auditor within twenty (20) days of the date of mailing of the tax notice.  (SC Department of Revenue, PO Box 125, Columbia, SC  29214.)****

 

PAYMENT INFORMATION / QUESTIONS:  TREASURER’S OFFICE:  (843) 915-5470

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Treasurer

https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments

https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Delinquent-Tax

The Treasurer’s office responsibilities include: collects current property and all vehicle taxes, online tax payments, installment payments, processes mortgage company payments, safeguards all county  funds, distributes tax money to county, school and municipalities, invests funds for the county, collects executed taxes not paid after March 17 of each year and all delinquent taxes. ***You may pay online using a debit or credit card (convenience fees apply) or the fee free e-check option when you use a bank routing and account number https://www.horrycounty.org/Online-Services/Tax-Payments.



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. 



Horry County Auditor Swearing In Ceremony

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Auditor Lois Eargle, will be sworn into office Friday, June 30, 2017, at 10 a.m. by the South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond.  The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at in the Horry County Multipurpose Room located on the second floor of the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. This will be Ms. Eargle’s 7th consecutive term in office.



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