Property Tax

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Q. What are important dates to remember when paying property taxes in Newberry County? 
A. Taxes are collected on the following schedule for the year that ended December 31. Important dates are:
After January 15th, Tax + 3% penalty is due

After February 2nd, Tax + 10% penalty due

After March 16th, Tax + 15% penalty due, Property taxes are turned over to the Delinquent Tax Collector and an additional $10.00 cost is added.  

Q: Why did the Treasurer send my bill to the wrong address?
A. The Treasurer does not maintain owner records. The Assessor maintains Land and Buildings records while the Auditor maintains Personal Property and Vehicle records and these records are dependent on taxpayers to notify their offices of changes in address.

Q: Who do I contact to see about the Homestead Exemption Program?
A. Please contact the Newberry County Auditor’s Office at (803) 321-2105


Q: Why did the Treasurer raise my taxes? 
A: The Treasurer does not determine property tax amounts. The amount of tax 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. The County Council, School Board and each one of the councils of the municipalities determine how much revenue is needed to meet their individual budgets. If taxes are increased, these entities are solely responsible for tax increase.

Q. Who do I contact in regards to qualifying for the Legal Residence Discount? 
A. Contact the Assessor's Office at (803) 321-2125.

Q.: My mortgage company paid my taxes on my residence at the 6% assessment when it should have been 4%.  How do I get a refund?

A: Please contact the Tax Assessor's office to be sure that you have completed your 4% application with their office. After the 4% application has been accepted, the Auditor’s Office will issue a new tax notice at the 4% assessment. Should your mortgage company send a check for the 6% amount, the difference will be refunded. It may take several weeks to process this refund.

 

Q. I bought my property this year, but the tax bill has the name of the person I bought the property from instead of my name.  What should I do? 

A. Tax notices are mailed according to the owner of record as of January 1 of each year.  The tax notice will be in the new owner's name the following year. If you still have questions regarding the name of the real estate, please contact the Assessor’s Office at (803)321-2125.