Real Estate Taxes & Fees
Personal Property Tax
South Carolina does not have an intangible personal property tax on bank accounts, stocks, etc. However, there is a tangible personal property tax on automobiles, airplanes, and boats. The tax is the same for real estate and depends on which district you live in. Hilton head is divided into 7 districts.
A county tax map will show the exact district lines, however, the following will give you an idea of the rate and locations. For example, a $10,000 boat times 10.5% gives an assessed value of $1,050 times a millage of 193.5 means a tax of $203.18 on the boat. (.1935 X $1,050).
Real Estate Tax
The County Tax assessor places an appraised value on your real estate, based upon comparable sales, the property’s condition, etc. This appraised value is then multiplied by 4% for residents and 6% for non-residents and corporations, to determine the “assessed value” of a property. The assessed value is then multiplied by the appropriate millage rate for your district. Residents that qualify for 4% tax ratio are exempt from taxes imposed for school operating expenses.
It is important to remember that the information here is general in nature; if you have specific questions about your personal tax situation, you should check with:
County Auditor’s Office in Beaufort – 843 470 2555
The Assessor’s Office – 843 470 2522
More information on bcgov.net and sctax.org