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**Public Notice**

2016 6% Assessment Verification Forms

Recently 6% forms were sent out to help taxpayer's identify the properties that are being assessed at a 6% ratio.  Additionally, by law if the property is at 6%, or not your primary residence, we have to ask if the property is being rentedIf this is not rental property answer questions 1A and/or 1B on the form, sign the bottom and return it back to the office.  Not returning the form can result in a Rental Bill being created

(The inventory form is for your records to help keep track of the items in your Rental Property)


   County Auditor is an elected official who is instrumental in the collection of property tax, a large source of revenue for local government, by preparing and maintaining the tax roll.

The primary responsibilities of the County Auditor are to assemble the county’s records of real and personal property and to calculate individual property taxes to be paid each year.

The Auditor prepares the official tax book, which lists the owners of taxable property, the real and personal propertythat they own, and the equalized value of that property. The Auditor provides a copy of the tax book to the Treasurer. This book is the Treasurer’s warrant for the collection of taxes, assessments and penalties.  Both property tax books, held by the Auditor and Treasurer, are called the county duplicate.

The specific duties of the Auditor are spelled out in Title 12, Chapter 39 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. Most of the duties of the Auditor are regulated by the South Carolina Department of Revenue, although some of the Auditor’s activities fall under the regulation of the South Carolina Comptroller General’s Office.

Hours of operation are from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday.  With three office locations to serve you:

Beaufort Office:
100 Ribaut Road, Suite 160
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone:  (843) 255-2500 Fax: (843) 255-9409

Bluffton Office:
4819 Bluffton Parkway
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: (843) 255-2505 Fax: (843) 255-9487

Hilton Head Office:  (Closed 1:00 - 2:00)
539 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Phone: (843) 255-2510 Fax: (843) 255-9488

Email address is:

Mailing address is:
Auditor for Beaufort County
PO Box 458  Beaufort, SC 29901

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