Beaufort County Tax
All residential and commercial property in Beaufort County is taxed at a 6% assessment rate. An exception is an owner-occupied legal residence which may qualify for the 4% Special Assessment Ratio. If you occupy your property and it is your legal residence, you may be eligible for the 4% Special Assessment Ratio.View County Website
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Hilton Head Island
Beach lovers will find no shortage of places to plant their sun umbrella in the Lowcountry! All of Hilton Head Island’s beaches are public and there are 8 different beach access points scattered throughout the Island.
2 Woodward Avenue.
Located just off South Forest Beach Drive on the South End. Featuring handicap beach matting, outdoor showers, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards. Metered parking.
60 Burkes Beach Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Community Park. Featuring basketball courts, tennis courts, playground, and fenced-in dog park. Very limited, metered parking.
Coligny Beach Park
1 North Forest Beach.
Located on the South End, just across from Coligny Plaza, this is Hilton Head’s most popular beach. Featuring outdoor showers, changing rooms, restrooms, free Wi-Fi, chair and umbrella rentals, handicap beach matting, and seasonal lifeguards. Free lot parking.
Driessen Beach Park
64 Bradley Beach Road.
Located mid-Island just past Folly Field Road. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic table pavilion, grill, playground, and vending machines. Ample, metered parking.
Fish Haul Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park. Featuring restrooms. Free parking.
Folly Field Beach Park
55 Starfish Drive.
Located mid-Island and one of Hilton Head’s most popular beaches. Featuring restrooms, showers, handicap beach matting, and vending machines. Limited, metered parking.
Islanders Beach Park
94 Folly Field Road.
Located mid-Island in the popular Folly Field area. Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic pavilion, grill, handicap matting, and a playground. Metered parking.
Mitchelville Beach Park
124 Mitchelville Road.
Located mid-Island close to Chaplin Park and a hidden gem! Featuring restrooms, outdoor showers, and picnic table. Please note: this beach is not handicap accessible and vehicular access is down a dirt road. Ample, free parking.
Beyond Hilton Head:
May River Sandbar
Old Town Bluffton.
Located in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the May River Sandbar is one of Bluffton’s best kept secrets and is where Blufftonians go for a great time. Be sure to check the tide! The “beach” is a sandbar and disappears at high tide. This is a quintessential Bluffton experience and one not to be missed. There are no restrooms and limited parking.
Hunting Island State Park
If you’re looking for a day trip from Hilton Head or Bluffton, don’t miss Hunting Island State Park. South Carolina’s most popular park, Hunting Island offers stunning beach access, a maritime forest, historic lighthouse, camping, fishing pier and nature center. It’s a bit of a trek from Hilton Head or Bluffton (about 1.5 hours) but it’s a can’t miss if you are a nature lover.
Homestead Exemption Benefit
What is the Homestead Exemption benefit?
The Homestead Exemption is a complete exemption of taxes on the first $50,000 in Fair Market Value of your Legal Residence for homeowners over age 65, totally and permanently disabled, or legally blind.
Do I qualify for the Homestead Exemption?
To qualify for the Homestead Exemption, statements 1,2 and 3 must be true.
1. You hold a complete fee simple title to your primary legal residence or life estate to your primary legal residence or you are the beneficiary of a trust that holds title to your primary legal residence.
2. As of December 31, preceding the tax year of the exemption, you were a legal resident of South Carolina for one calendar year
3. As of December 31, preceding the tax year of the exemption, you must be one of the following:
a. 65 years of age, or
b. declared totally and permanently disabled by a state or federal agency having the authority to make such a declaration, or
c. legally blind as certified by a licensed ophthalmologist.
For more information on the Homestead Exemption Benefit click here. https://dor.sc.gov/lgs/homestead-exemption
Contact the Beaufort County Auditor’s Office for application information and assistance.
Personal Property Tax
What is personal property?
In South Carolina, personal property encompasses motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, aircraft and watercraft (including boats, motors, and personal recreational vehicles like wave runners and jet skis, etc.).
You have 45 days after moving to South Carolina to register your vehicle.
Before you transfer your title and registration, you must pay any property taxes with the Beaufort County Treasurer.
For more information on titling and registering a vehicle after moving to South Carolina click here. https://www.beaufortcountytreasurer.com/payment-options
In the state of South Carolina, the law requires all motorized boats and watercraft, sailboats, and all outboard motors five horsepower and greater to be titled. You must register your boat or motor with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). https://www.dnr.sc.gov/boating/Titling_and_Registration/index.html
Before you can register your watercraft or renew your registration the property taxes must be paid.
4% Special Assessment Ratio
All residential and commercial property in Beaufort County is taxed at a 6% assessment rate. An exception is an owner-occupied legal residence which may qualify for the 4% Special Assessment Ratio. If you occupy your property and it is your legal residence, you may be eligible for the 4% Special Assessment Ratio. Click for the Legal Residence (Four Percent Exemption) Application. https://assessorforms.beaufortcountysc.gov/ITSupport/LegalResidence
Calculate Your Beaufort County Taxes https://apps.beaufortcountysc.gov/tax-calculator/
The Beaufort County Auditor’s Office offers a Tax Calculator that will give a prospective buyer an estimate of the property taxes for a parcel of real estate. Simply enter the property value, select the assessment ratio, and select the tax district.
All information pulled from the Beaufort County Auditor, Beaufort County Treasurer, South Carolina Department of Revenue, South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
If you are buying a home in the Beaufort County School District, you can access information regarding the schools on their website.
Hilton Head Island is the 9th largest city in South Carolina and has experienced a population growth of 7.5% since 2010.
Percentage of Adult Population Under 65: 49.4%
Percentage of Adult Population Over 65: 37%
Median Age: 58
Median Household Income: $84,575
Owner Occupied Home Percentage: 79%
Bluffton is the 16th largest city in South Carolina and has experienced a population growth of 95.8% since 2010.
Percentage of Adult Population Under 65: 59.3%
Percentage of Adult Population Over 65: 15.7%
Median Age: 38
Median Household Income: $82,481
Owner Occupied Home Percentage: 80%