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Taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles must be paid before your license plate tags can be renewed. These taxes are due by the last day of the month in which your tags expires.
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The Treasure does not maintain property or owner records. The Assessor maintains Land and Building records while the Auditor maintains Personal Property and Vehicle records and these records are dependent on taxpayers to notify their office of change in address.
To apply for a high mileage appeal, mail or bring a signed statement with mileage to the Auditor’s Office before the due date.
The dealership is allowed to pick up your tags on a vehicle without paying local property taxes. When the dealer states that they are taking care of your taxes, they are referring to sales tax, which is paid at the local Department of Motor Vehicles.
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, their personnel are allowed to pick up your registration and license tags without paying the local property taxes. The tax you paid to the dealership at the time of purchase was the South Carolina state sales tax. This allows you a 120-day grace period to delay payment of personal property taxes on your new vehicle.
The Treasurer does not determine property tax amounts. The amount of the money needed is decided by each of the area’s taxing authorities. The Assessor’s Office determines appraisal values for real property while the Auditor Calculates the tax.