Treasurer's Office
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions
Tax Payments
Motor Vehicle Taxes
Real Estate and Personal Property Tax
Auditor's Office FAQs
I. Tax Payments
How can I make my payment?
If I mail my payment, how do I receive a paid receipt?
Can I make a partial payment of my tax bill?
II. Motor Vehicle Taxes
When are the taxes due on my motor vehicle?
How do I receive my renewal sticker for my vehicle?
Didn't I pay the taxes when I bought my vehicle?
Why can't I search the Tax System records by license tag number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?
III. Real Estate and Personal Property Tax
When is the last day to pay my current taxes without penalty?


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Tax Payments

Q: How can I make my payment?

You may make your payment in person at the Orangeburg County Administration Centre, which is located at 1437 Amelia Street in Orangeburg.  The Treasurer's Office and the Delinquent Tax Collector's Office are located on the first floor.  Checks or money orders made payable to Orangeburg County Treasurer can be mailed to:

Orangeburg County Treasurer
P.O. Box 9000
Orangeburg, SC 29116-9000

The Treasurer's Office does accept cash, checks, and money orders at all Treasurer's office locations. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted at the Treasurer's Office.

Payments are also accepted online via the Internet.  For more information on web payments, please see the online payment web portal at this link.

Q: If I mail my payment, how do I receive a paid receipt?

After your payment is processed, we will mail your receipt to the mailing address listed on the tax bill. If you filled out the change of address information attached to the remittance, we will send the receipt to the new address indicated on the form.

Q: Can I make a partial payment of my tax bill?

No. South Carolina state law does not allow the Treasurer to accept partial payments for individual tax bills.

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Motor Vehicle Taxes

Q: When are the taxes due on my motor vehicle?

Taxes on motor vehicles and recreational vehicles must be paid before your license plate tags can be renewed. These taxes are due by the last day of the month in which your tag expires.

Q: How do I receive my renewal sticker for my vehicle?

If you pay your vehicle taxes on time, you will receive your registration renewal sticker in the mail (usually within 10 days of payment). Please make sure that your address is correct and that your insurance certification is provided when required. The registration renewal fee charged by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) appears on your tax bill every other year. If you pay your vehicle taxes after the expiration of your license tag, you will need to go to a local DMV office to show your paid tax receipt. Then, a new sticker will be issued to you in person. If this occurs in a year when you were charged a renewal fee on your tax bill, the DMV will charge you a late renewal fee at that time.

Q: Didn't I pay the taxes when I bought my vehicle?

When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, their personnel are allowed to pick up your registration and license tags without paying the local property taxes. The tax you paid to the dealership at the time of purchase was the South Carolina State sales tax.

Q: Why can't I search the Tax System records by license tag number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

The State of South Carolina has a stalking law which prohibits a search by tag or VIN number. Therefore, no one can find out your name or address simply by recording your vehicle information and accessing this site.

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Real Estate and Personal Property Tax

Q: When is the last day to pay my current taxes without penalty?

Taxes on real and other personal property (not motor vehicles) are due by January 15 of the following year without penalty. For example, a real estate property tax bill dated November 2000 is payable by January 15, 2001, without penalty. The penalty structure on real estate and other personal property (not motor vehicles) is as follows:

- 3 percent penalty due if paid after January 15

- additional 7 percent due, or 10 percent total, if paid after February 5

- additional 5 percent due, or 15 percent total, if paid after March 16, and the bill is sent to the Delinquent Tax Department.

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