Q: How much are my taxes?
A: Please call the Georgetown County Tax Collectorís Office at (843) 545-3092 for the information.
Q: When will I see an increase in my taxes?
A: On March 17, the County places taxes in execution. At that time, the County adds an additional 5% penalty and $10.00 charge. On May 1, the County adds another $10.00 charge. On July 1, the County adds an additional $50.00 charge.
Q: Can I pay my taxes by check or credit card?
A: Acceptable forms of payment include cash, personal checks, business checks, certified checks, cashierís check, or money orders. However, 30 days before a tax sale, acceptable forms of payment are only cash, cahierís checks, money orders or certified funds. Presently, Georgetown County does not accept credit cards or bank transfers.
Q: When does the County notify my Mortgage Company concerning delinquent taxes?
A: As soon as your taxes are deliquent.
Q: When do you post Tax Sale properties? (Signage or Levies)
A: The County begins posting properties for tax sale in June each year.
Q: When do you advertise the tax sale in the newspaper?
A: The County advertises three weeks before the day of the tax sale. The County places advertisements in only the Georgetown Times.
Q: Can I get an extension to pay my taxes?
A: The County Delinquent Tax Office does not have the authority to grant any extensions. Mandated by a state statute, the County must sell all properties with delinquent taxes.
Q: Can anyone pay my taxes? Will they then own my property?
A: The County cannot prevent someone from paying your taxes. However, this payment does not grant them any claim to the property.
Q: Can I recover information about who paid my taxes, how much did they pay, and when the taxes were paid?
A: Presently, the County does not have the capabilities to provide all this information. By contacting the Georgetown County Tax Collectorís Office, details concerning date of payment and amount of payment are available.
Q: How do you calculate taxes?
A: Georgetown County bases your taxes on the assessed value of your property. If you have any questions regarding the assessed value of your property, please call the County Assessorís Office at (843) 545-3014.
Q: How do I know if my property assessment is as my legal residence or Homestead Exemption?
A: Once you have purchased property, you must complete an application for either legal residence or Homestead Exemption. Property owners submit the application for legal residence to the Assessorís Office and Homestead Exemption application to the Auditorís Office.
Q: How can I have penalties removed or reduce the amount of taxes I am required to pay?
A: Based on the assessed value of your property, one cannot have property taxes reduced. For penalties, the Auditorís Office has the authority to abate any penalties.
Q: When I file for bankruptcy, can you sell my property? Am I required to pay the taxes on the property?
A: Georgetown County cannot sell property protected under bankruptcy. However, while in bankruptcy, you are required to keep all post petition taxes current.
Q: Can I sell my property if there is a mortgage?
Q: If the county sells my property due to delinquent taxes, will I be required to continue paying the mortgage company?
A: This is a legal matter. Please consult your attorney.
Q: When you sell property for delinquent taxes, does the property owner required to vacate the premises immediately?
A: When properties are sold at the Tax Sale, the delinquent tax payer, according to state statute, has one year from the date of the tax sale to redeem the property by paying the taxes, interest, penalties, and cost as stated. The delinquent tax payer is not required to vacate the premises. If the delinquent tax payer allows the one year Right of Redemption Period to pass without paying the taxes, penalties, interest, and cost as stated, the property is conveyed to the highest bidder.
Q: Once sold at the Tax Sale, how much do I pay to redeem my property?
A: Contact the Georgetown County Tax Collectorís Office for details. (843-545-3092)
Q: How can I find out who bid on my property and how much they bid?
A: Contact the Georgetown County Tax Collectorís Office for details. (843-545-3092)
Q: When my mobile home sales for delinquent taxes, why do I pay the high bidder rent?
A: Per S.C. Code Section 12-51-96 "Conditions of Redemptions" in addition to other requirements for an owner of a mobile home to redeem his/her property after a tax sale, the delinquent tax payer or lien holder, must pay rent to the high bidder at the time of redemption. The Tax Collectorís Office calculates the amount of the rent based on the formula mandated under S.C. Code Section 12-51-96.
Q: What transpires when there is over bid proceeds after the issuing of a tax deed and/or bill of sale? Can I claim the overage?
A: When the amount of the bid exceeds the amount of taxes, penalties, interest, cost and current yearís taxes, the Tax Collector maintains the overage in an escrow account. When conveyed to the high bidder, the owner of record before the end of the redemption period is entitled to the funds held in escrow. The owner can claim those funds by submitting a "Claim by Defaulting Taxpayer for Over Bid Proceeds". This form is available in the Tax Collectorís Office. One must submit all claims must within five years of the day of the tax sale. If unclaimed after five years, the funds revert to the county.
TAX SALE BIDDERS GENERAL INFORMATION SHEET
Bidders General Information Sheet and Form
1. Bidding will start at the combined amount of delinquent and current taxes due (rounded off) and proceed in no less than twenty-five $25.00) increments.
Example: if Taxes = $73.00, 1st bid $100, 2nd bid $125, 3rd bid $200
2. Bidders must register and obtain a bidder number in order to bid. No bid will be accepted without a bidder number.
3. Any Bidder desiring to pay his/her bids prior to the completion of the sale must surrender his/her bidder number to the Delinquent Tax Office and allow time for the computation of his/her bids.
4. Bidder must make payment of properties purchased by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the sale by certified check or cash.
5. In case the successful bidder, or proxy bidder, fails to remit within the time specified, the defaulting bidder is liable for no more than $300.00 damages upon default, per bid each parcel.
6. Property could be sold in error. If so, your bid will be refunded to you without interest. If tax payment is post marked prior to sale date, your bid will be refunded to you without interest.
7. S. C. Code Sec.: 12-51-150: In the case that the official in charge of the tax sale discovers before a tax title has passed, the failure of any action required to be properly performed, the official may void the tax sale and refund the amount paid to the successful bidder.
8. Bidders, when paying upon sale day, will be issued a master receipt for the cumulative total of all bids. Individual tax sale receipts for specific properties will be mailed to the bidder as soon as possible following the sale. .
9. Bidder money will be held in escrow. If property is redeemed by the taxpayer, bidders money plus interest as provided by law will be returned to the bidder.
10. Under State Law, a taxpayer will have a one year period in which to redeem his/her property. During this period, the bidder will have no access or rights to this property.
11. If a taxpayer has multiple lots and/or multiple acreage to be sold, only enough will be sold to satisfy the taxes due.
12. When selling delinquent tax property, the bidder takes title on the property "as is".
13. All official announcements at this sale shall be by the official in charge.
14. If there is not time to dispose of all property on sale day, the next day following shall also be a regular sale day, if by public outcry on sale day, notice of sale on the next day shall have been given.
15. All bidders must make payment of properties purchased at tax sale by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the sale.
16. The information contained herein is general in nature, and is not all inclusive.
17. The principle of caveat emptor applies with all its rigor to all purchases at Georgetown County Delinquent Tax Sale.
18. It is the policy of the Georgetown county Delinquent Tax Office not to issue tax titles and/or bills of sale to a successful purchaser at tax sale until such time as all taxes due are paid (delinquent and current). Mobile homes must be properly registered in the successful purchasers name.
19. Tax districts five (5) and six (6) are municipalities. Bidders should be cognizant of status of municipal taxes.
20. Time will not permit the Tax Collector or his staff to answer questions regarding the above information for the duration of the tax sale.
21. What is the date, time, and location of your tax sales?
Usually, 1st Monday in October. Please call the Tax Collectorís Office for verification in September. Registration begins at 9:00 am the sale starts at 10:00 a.m., County Council Chambers, County Courthouse, 715 Prince St, Georgetown, SC 29440.
22. How often do you hold tax sales?
Usually, once annually.
23. Does your county hold a deed sale in addition to a lien sale? If so. When and where does it take place?
Deed sale only. see location in answer number one (1).
24. When and where will the tax sale be advertised?
Three consecutive weeks prior to sale. Local Newspaper, Georgetown Times, P. O. Box G; Georgetown, SC 29442 (843) 546-4148.
25. How and when do I register for the tax sale?
Bidder Registration 9:00 a.m. day of sale. See sample of bidder registration form.
26. What type of payment requirements is needed at the sale (cashierís checks, personal checks, etc.) and when must payment be rendered? Is there a deposit required before the sale?
See tax sale bidders general information sheet. No deposit required.
27. What is the bidding process?
See tax sale bidders general information sheet. Public auction. Highest bidder.
28. What type of document is issued at the sale?
Bid receipt; after bid(s) are paid
Generally speaking. , When a bidder bids at tax sale in Georgetown, S .C., one of three things occurs:
1. The taxpayer redeems the property from the tax collector within the one-year redemption period and the bidder is refunded interest as provided by law.
2. The taxpayer fails to redeem the property within the one-year redemption period. The bidder is issued a tax title to the property.
3. See item seven. Tax sale bidders general information sheet.
All information contained herein is general in nature, and is not all-inclusive.
The questions presented here were gleamed from an apparent form letter that this office has received from various parts of the United States; hopefully, the answers given will be of assistance to you. Thank you.