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Old 08-31-2015, 01:24 PM   #1
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South Carolina Taxes

Looking to maybe buy a residence in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area. I'm at a complete loss as to how they figure personal property tax on a motorhome. Reading through official tax sites, they all mention the tax, but not how to calculate it. They mention millage rate...whatever the heck that is. Can someone clear it up for me? I've never lived where personal property tax was paid yearly.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:31 PM   #2
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boy are U in for a surprise ,and i also think down there it depends on the what county you live in ,
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Welcome if you come....

I don't really know how the determine the value but I can tell you your 2000 unit will not have a high price tag. But...

Every year you will have to pay a personal property tax based on the value of the motorhome. In my case which is a 2000 Hurricane that amount was $79. By comparison, my 2013 Chevy Sonic was 4-5 hundred. New units can be in the thousands and the amount declines with age.

Motorhome qualify as second homes/vacation homes and get a different rate. All rates are controlled at the county level, so you should call the tax office in the county you are thinking of locating in.

This tax has to be paid before you can get tags.

Now a personal question. Why in the world would you want to locate in Conway/Myrtle beach? I live in SC and avoid both of them like the plague. Pawleys Island area is great.

Regardless good luck and welcome to Dixie.
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I can not help you much with the rate, I moved here from NY 23 years ago. Have lots of family spread out up and down the coast,,,, and what I think I know is.

Yes, it is by county. There is a state element and a county element.

Taxes are low. Our home is like $650, in New York (upstate not the city) family is paying 10 to 15 times that. We have a nicer home, pay WAY less.

There is personal property tax. Our 8 year old coach is like $1,600. We pay on each car, and every motorcycle I have. You pay before you can renew your license plate yearly.

Add all that up,,, way cheaper that many other states overall.

Add to that, very low fuel taxes (Gas $1.85 in our town right now), much lower cost of living, you come out ahead.

Lastly, not sure what your age is, but significant senior citizen tax incentives. Pretty good state to retire in. Myrtle Beach is full of out of state retired citizens.

If you call the Horry County tax office, they will quote you the tax rate for all your vehicles for this year. I say this year, cause they reduce each year as the vehicle depreciates.

Oh, sales tax caps at $300. We bought our coach 3 months ago, paid $300 tax. A friend in NY spent about the same, paid $8k.

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I'm beginning to think this personal property tax is going to be a deal breaker!!!!
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I would not think so with a 2000 Dutch Star. They depreciate the taxes, it will be A LOT less. If you have high mileage, or poor condition, they will adjust in the county I am in.

Call and ask,,,,, don't know the value of your rig, but given it is 15 years old, the rate will be much lower. Guessing at a couple hundred dollars.

BTW, I agree with Wildtoad,,,, so many really nice areas, Conway and Myrtle not my choice. Pawley's Island,,,, very nice.

Did I mention NO SNOW?

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I have a 2014 Tiffin Red and my taxes for this year was $3900.00
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Well I'm going to have to do some more digging into this tax issue. I've already widened my search as to where in SC we might go. Oh, by the way we're not from Maine, just spending the summer there. Been full timing over 5yrs. Where there might be snow....I'm not!!
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I live in Spartanburg, SC and drive a 2000 HR Endeavor. Last year I got my tax bill and registration renewal (in SC the two are combined) and was surprised that the total due was $47.00. I enquired at the Auditor's office, because I didn't want to get nailed with a corrected bill out of the blue. I was informed that for vehicles older than 12 years the property tax was zero - all that was due was the road tax and registration fee.

Since your MH is the same year as mine, this is something to consider.
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Before we retired I was researching possible domicile change options. We spend about 4 months of the year in South Carolina so this was one option. I called the county assessors office for an estimate on what the annual taxes would be for our motorhome and the Jeep. We decided on South Dakota.

We do keep a pontoon boat here and as it never leaves the state I felt we had to register it here. It's been costing us about $800 per year in taxes on the boat and motor (they are separated for the purpose of tax assessment), not including the registration fees.

Taxes are, as mentioned in earlier posts, controlled by the county but even within that county tax levies can fluctuate based on school district. When they opened a brand new high school in our district the property taxes on our small lot here went up about 70%!

You really need to call and ask what the taxes would be for the specific address you would use.
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