When I purchased my car, the dealership told me they would take care of my tags and taxes, why did you send me a tax bill?
The dealership collects your South Carolina Sales Tax and DMV fee. The bill you will receive is for the personal property taxes. Since the dealer is the only one who is able to purchase a license plate before the property taxes are paid; you will be given 120 days from your purchase date to pay your property taxes. If the property taxes are not paid at the end of the 120 day mark, your driver’s license may be suspended.
Do I have to pay taxes again if I want to transfer a tag to a vehicle I just purchased?
No taxes are due at the time of transfer. Just go to any DMV branch to transfer the tags. You will pay taxes on the vehicle when it is time for the tag to be renewed.
How do I get the high mileage reduction?
You may come in to apply or as a convenience to our taxpayers, the high mileage section on the front of your tax bill may be completed and faxed, emailed or mailed in for a corrected bill. You must be sure to apply before the last day of the month in which the tag expires.
I just turned 65, can I get the Homestead Exemption now?
You may apply for the homestead Exemption any time after you reach the age of 65. The law states that you must be 65 on or before December 31st of the previous year in which you wish to claim the exemption. Since house taxes are billed in arrears; you won’t actually see the discount on your bill until the following year after you turn 65.
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Rembert Dennis Bldg., Room 104
Columbia, SC 29202
217 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC 29422
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