Auditor

Did you know that my office does not require direct contact with you to process your tax matters?

I have assigned   team members to help exclusively with the phone calls,  emails and faxes.  This is possible with the small number of staff I have due to the traffic reduction in the office.  We have the capability to process your tax matters without direct contact  Please feel free to contact us at 803-288-8276, this new number can be used to call in or text your information to us.  You also may Facetime live sessions to avoid having to come in.  The main line of 803-285-7424 can also be called for your tax matters and we will try to resolve what we need to over the phone.  We can also  process your tax notice by fax at 1-866-982-5586 or by email at Auditor@lancastersc.net.  I hope this is helpful and that everyone stays safe.
  
We are here to help you at any time, the door is always open.

Homestead Information
Homestead Applications can now be found under online forms or if needed we offer curb service for applications to be taken for the taxpayers that have been issued handicap SC tags. If you would like to avoid having to come into the office during this time of health concern please take advantage of the online form. You may text in your application, email it,  or fax us.  As a added safety precaution the offsite community sign ups are not being offered at this time.

Exemption Requirements:
The Homestead Exemption is for residents that have lived in South Carolina for at least a year as of December 31 the year before the credit is extended. The applicant also needs to meet one of the following three requirements - all requirements must be met December 31 the preceding year:
  • Over the age of 65
  • 100% disabled through a federal agency
  • Legally blind
Office Information

Fax Number
1-866-982-5586

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 2016
Lancaster, SC 29721

Auditor
Email

Melissa Newman
Office Manager
Homestead Specialist 
803-416-9322
Email

Peyton Hovis
DMV Specialist
803-416-9379
Email 


About the Auditor's Office

The Auditor's office primary function is to ensure all taxable property in Lancaster County is assessed and placed on the tax books. Lancaster County is one of  44 counties of the 46 in South Carolina counties that has an elected auditor.

The Auditor assesses all personal property within the county. All property, real and personal, are assessed by rates required by South Carolina State Law. The South Carolina Department of Revenue is required to provide values on personal property and county auditors are mandated to use these values. Appeals on personal property, not returned to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, are also processed in the auditors office. Appeals must be submitted in writing by the due date as required by South Carolina Codes of Law.

The Auditor's office administers the state Homestead program for the citizens who are 65 years old or disable by a state or federal agency. We also assist disable veterans, churches and disabled taxpayers apply for exemptions with South Carolina Department of Revenue.


Quick Links

View Forfeited Properties Available
Vehicle Property Tax Calculator
Submit Documents Online to Register a Vehicle


Registering a Vehicle



If you are registering a vehicle and need a tax notice created by the Auditor's office you will need to provide:

  • Bill of Sale for new purchases
or
  • previous title /previous registration if you already own the vehicle or the lease agreement for any lease vehicles.

You will also need to provide proof you reside in our county, acceptable proof would be:

  • a South Carolina Drivers license or South Carolina ID card in the registering owner's name.
or
  • In lieu of the driver's license or ID card as proof you may provide one major utility bill or utility contract with the registering owner's name that agree with the registering address you are using in our county.