There are 46 Counties in South Carolina. It became the 8th state on May 23, 1788. The state motto is "While I breathe, I hope".
Currently, the maximum interest rate being offered to all South Carolina tax lien certificate investors is 3% to 12% with a one year right of redemption.
Summary: After the county treasurer issues his execution against a defaulting taxpayer in his jurisdiction, as provided in Section 12-45-180, ... the officer to which the execution is directed shall: (a) On April first or as soon after that as practicable, mail a notice of delinquent property taxes, penalties, assessments, and costs to the defaulting taxpayer and to a grantee of record of the property, ... ... The notice must specify that if the taxes, penalties, assessments, and costs are not paid, the property must be advertised and sold to satisfy the delinquency (Sec 12-51-40). The property duly advertised must be sold, ... (Sec 12-51-50). The successful bidder at the delinquent tax sale shall pay legal tender as provided in Section 12-51-50 to the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes in the full amount of the bid on the day of the sale. Upon payment, the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes shall furnish the purchaser a receipt for the purchase money. He must attach a copy of the receipt to the execution with the endorsement of his actions, which must be retained by him (Sec 12-51-60). (A) The defaulting taxpayer, any grantee from the owner, or any mortgage or judgment creditor may within twelve months from the date of the delinquent tax sale redeem each item of real estate by paying to the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs, together with interest as provided in subsection (B) of this section (Sec 12-51-90). Upon the real estate being redeemed, the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes shall cancel the sale in the tax sale book and note thereon the amount paid, by whom and when. The successful purchaser, at the delinquent tax sale, shall promptly be notified by mail to return the tax sale receipt to the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes in order to be expeditiously refunded the purchase price plus the interest provided in Section 12-51-90 (Sec 12-51-100). Neither more than forty-five days nor less than twenty days before the end of the redemption period for real estate sold for taxes, the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes shall mail a notice by "certified mail, return receipt requested-restricted delivery" as provided in Section 12-51-40(b) to the defaulting taxpayer and to a grantee, mortgagee, or lessee of the property of record in the appropriate public records of the county. The notice must be mailed to the best address of the owner available to the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes that the real property described on the notice has been sold for taxes and if not redeemed by paying taxes, assessments, penalties, costs, and interest at the applicable rate on the bid price in the total amount of ___ dollars on or before ___ (twelve months from date of sale) (date) __________, a tax title must be delivered to the successful purchaser at the tax sale. Pursuant to this chapter, the return of the certified mail "undelivered" is not grounds for a tax title to be withheld or be found defective and ordered set aside or canceled of record (Sec 12-51-120). Upon failure of the defaulting taxpayer, a grantee from the owner, a mortgagee, a judgment creditor, or a lessee of the property to redeem realty within the time period allowed for redemption, the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes, within thirty days or as soon after that as possible, shall make a tax title to the purchaser or the purchaser's assignee. Delivery of the tax title to the clerk of court or register of deeds is considered "putting the purchaser, or assignee, in possession" (Sec 12-51-130). In all cases of tax sale the deed of conveyance, whether executed to a private person, a corporation, or a forfeited land commission, must be held and taken as prima facie evidence of a good title in the holder, that all proceedings have been regular and that all legal requirements have been complied with. No action for the recovery of land sold under the provisions of this chapter or for the recovery of the possession may be maintained unless brought within two years from the date of sale (Sec 12-51-160).
Law: Code of Laws of South Carolina, Title 12, Chapter 51 - "Alternate Procedure for Collection of Property Taxes".
Tax Sale List: Use South Carolina Tax Sale Lists to search for South Carolina tax lien certificates to buy or bid on. Generally most South Carolina tax sale lists will identify the property owner, parcel number, legal description and the amount due. In some cases, the tax sale list may include the tax collectors assessed value of the property.
Contact: The County Treasurer
Interest Rate: 03% to 12%. First three months three percent (3%) of the bid amount. Months four, five, and six six percent (6%) of the bid amount. Months seven, eight, and nine nine percent (9%) of the bid amount. Last three months twelve percent (12%) of the bid amount (Sec. 12-51-90).
Auction Type: Tax Lien Certificate. A deed is not issued until the expiration of a one-year redemption period (Sec. 12-51-130).
Bidding Procedure: The property is sold to the highest bidder; however the officer charged with the duty to sell real property and mobile or manufactured housing for nonpayment of ad valorem property taxes shall submit a bid on behalf of the Forfeited Land Commission equal to the amount of all unpaid property taxes, penalties, and costs including taxes levied for the year in which the redemption period begins. The Forfeited Land Commission is not required to bid on property known or reasonably suspected to be contaminated. If the contamination becomes known after the bid or while the commission holds the title, the title is voidable at the election of the commission. If the property is not redeemed, the excess above the amount of taxes, penalties, and costs for the year in which the property was sold must be applied first to the taxes becoming due during the redemption period. (Sec. 12-51-55).
Costs: All expenses of the levy, seizure, and sale must be added and collected as additional costs, and must include, but not be limited to, the expenses of taking possession of real or personal property, advertising, storage, identifying the boundaries of the property, and mailing certified notices. (Sec. 12-51-40).
Redemption Period: The defaulting taxpayer, any grantee from the owner, or any mortgage or judgment creditor may within twelve months from the date of the delinquent tax sale redeem each item of real estate by paying to the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs, together with interest as provided in subsection (B) of this section. (Sec. 12-51-90).
Deed assigned at Foreclosure to: the purchaser at tax sale subject to 12 month right of redemption. Upon failure of the defaulting taxpayer, a grantee from the owner, a mortgagee, a judgment creditor, or a lessee of the property to redeem realty within the time period allowed for redemption, the person officially charged with the collection of delinquent taxes, within thirty days or as soon after that as possible, shall make a tax title to the purchaser or the purchaser's assignee. (Sec. 12-51-130).
|County:||Auction Type:||Bidding Type:||Population:|
|Abbeville||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||26,167|
|Aiken||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||142,552|
|Allendale||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||11,211|
|Anderson||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||165,740|
|Bamberg||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||16,658|
|Barnwell||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||23,478|
|Beaufort||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||120,937|
|Berkeley||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||142,651|
|Calhoun||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||15,185|
|Charleston||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||309,969|
|Cherokee||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||52,537|
|Chester||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||34,068|
|Chesterfield||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||42,768|
|Clarendon||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||32,502|
|Colleton||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||38,264|
|Darlington||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||67,394|
|Dillon||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||30,722|
|Dorchester||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||96,413|
|Edgefield||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||24,595|
|Fairfield||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||23,454|
|Florence||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||125,761|
|Georgetown||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||55,797|
|Greenville||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||379,616|
|Greenwood||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||66,271|
|Hampton||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||21,386|
|Horry||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||196,629|
|Jasper||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||20,678|
|Kershaw||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||52,647|
|Lancaster||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||61,351|
|Laurens||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||69,567|
|Lee||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||20,119|
|Lexington||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||216,014|
|Marion||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||35,466|
|Marlboro||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||28,818|
|McCormick||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||9,958|
|Newberry||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||36,108|
|Oconee||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||66,215|
|Orangeburg||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||91,582|
|Pickens||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||110,757|
|Richland||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||320,677|
|Saluda||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||19,181|
|Spartanburg||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||253,791|
|Sumter||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||104,646|
|Union||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||29,881|
|Williamsburg||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||37,217|
|York||Tax Lien Certificate||Premium Bid||164,614|
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