The Auditor's office calculates millage to satisfy annual budget requirements for Charleston County, including 43 tax districts. In addition, this office calculates, creates and mails tax bills for real estate, mobile homes, motor vehicles, watercraft, aircraft and business-owned personal property.
The Constitution of 1868 gave members of the S.C. General Assembly the authority to create the first office of County Auditor. By state law, each of the 46 counties in South Carolina has an Auditor's Office. Charleston County Auditors are elected to four-year terms in the General Election.
The Auditor's Office is committed to serving all citizens of Charleston County. In an effort to raise awareness of the advantages of being a homeowner and primary resident within the county, our Outreach Division is available for free public consultations. If you would like a member of our team to attend a local community event to provide more information regarding exemptions and discounts contingently applicable to county taxes, please, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-958-4200 option 9.
Fax: (843)958-4222 (Main)
Fax: (843)958-4234 (Real & Personal Property)
Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 5pm
Ad Valorem Tax - (Latin for "toward value") A tax imposed on properties in proportion to their values. The most common are the ad valorem taxes imposed on real and personal property which are based on the assessed or appraised values.
Appraised Value - Also known as fair or true market value, it is the actual market value of a property.
Assessed Value - The appraised value of a property multiplied by its assessment ratio.
Assessment Ratio - The ratio applied to the appraised value of property depending on the use of the property. Assessment ratio qualifications are set forth by state law.
Levy - To impose or collect.
Millage Rate - The ratio used to determine the individual tax to be levied on a property. A mill is equivalent to 1/1000 of a dollar. For example, if the millage rate is 200 mills and the assessed value of a property is $1,000, the tax on that property is $200.
Personal Property - This category includes motor vehicles, watercraft, aircraft, and business personal property.
Real Property - More widely known as real estate, it includes land, buildings, and mobile homes.
Property Tax Relief - An exemption from school operating millage received on your primary legal residence.
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