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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.



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 Treasurer's and Auditor's Offices to Close Friday, October 3rd

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County Treasurer’s and Horry County Auditor’s Offices will close Friday, October 3, 2014, to transition to a new tax software system. The new system, QS1, currently serves 29 of the 46 counties in South Carolina and will now be utilized in Horry County.

In addition, Internet payments will not be accessible and credit/debit transactions cannot be made at any of the Horry County Treasurer’s offices beginning at noon Thursday, October 2, 2014, until 8 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2014.



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