SetOff Debt and Collection of Debt
Recently the Treasurer sent out 15,000 debt collection letters to address the uncollected taxes going back to 2005. The Treasurer is responsible for collecting taxes and equally determining if taxes are collectable or should be written off annually. If taxes are to be written off the Treasurer informs the Auditor of that determination to make that adjustment.
The required annual process authorizing the Treasurer to write off taxes did not take place this year. Instead, the Treasurer went to the added expense of going back 10 years to issue debt collection letters on both closed and current accounts.
I apologize to those being needlessly inconvenienced, because the process did not work as it should. We understand and share with you the frustration the Treasurer’s debt collection letter is causing due to the lack of process.
The 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:
100 Ribaut Road, Suite 160
Beaufort, SC 29902
Phone: (843) 255-2500 Fax: (843) 255-9409
4819 Bluffton Parkway
Bluffton, SC 29910
Phone: (843) 255-2505 Fax: (843) 255-9487
Hilton Head Office:
539 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Phone: (843) 255-2510 Fax: (843) 255-9488
Email address is: email@example.com
Mailing address is:
Auditor for Beaufort County
PO Box 458 Beaufort, SC 29901
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