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Property Tax Questions You Need To Ask

  • What is the assessed value of the property? Note that assessed value is generally less than market value. Ask to see a recent copy of the seller's tax bill to help you determine this information.
  • How often are properties reassessed and when was the last reassessment done? Generally taxes jump most significantly when a property is reassessed.
  • Will the sale of the property trigger a tax increase or possible decressed? The property assessed value will be calculated at the "fair market value" which is the amount you agreed to pay for the property. For more information concerning South Carolina's homeowners property taxes and how they are calculated visit the SCDOR.
  • Is the amount of taxes paid comparable to other properties in the area? If not, it might be possible to appeal the tax assessment and lower the rate?
  • Does the current tax bill reflect any special exemptions that you might not qualify for? For example, many tax districts offer reductions to those 65 or over.