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Auditor's Office to Send PR-26 Tax Forms

Conway, South Carolina (February 18, 2020)—The Horry County Auditor’s Office will be mailing Forms PR-26 and the general information for filing next week on Friday, February 28, 2020, to business and property owners who are subject to the business personal property taxes in Horry County. E-filing form PR-26 is open now at https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Auditor.

The online system, launched in 2018, is more efficient both for taxpayers and for staff in the Auditor’s Office in processing approximately 85,000 returns.

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.



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 2018 Property Tax Bills

Horry County taxpayers will soon receive property tax bills for the 2018 tax year. These tax notices reflect property values as of December 31, 2017, prior to damages from Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding. Adjustments for any damage as a result of the storm are made for the upcoming 2019 tax year, which is based on the condition of a property as of December 31, 2018.

Appealing this year’s bill for flood damage will not result in a reduction in the immediate 2018 tax bill, but would be applicable for 2019. Forms to file an appeal for 2019 will be available in early January. Property owners who believe they qualify for a reduction in 2019 must file an appeal for the reduction to be considered. Horry County will review all of the 2019 appeals so that next year’s bill reflects the correct value for properties that had storm damage that was not repaired prior to December 31, 2018. Tax payment deadlines are set by the State, not the County.

Horry County Assessor Larry Roscoe stated, “We know this is a difficult time for everyone impacted by the storm and flood, but much of the relief efforts that have assisted so many are funded by our property tax dollars.  Our tax system runs in arrears, so when we have an unfortunate event so close to the tax mailing, it appears as if the county is adding an extra burden to some who are already suffering, but that is never our intent.  Our office will be working closely with those who would like to file an appeal in 2019 to help them navigate the process.”



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. 



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