Beaufort County to post tax bills online

Property owners still getting paper bills in the mail

cconley@islandpacket.comOctober 31, 2012 

Beaufort County has posted property tax bills online, more than a week before the notices will begin arriving in mailboxes.

Treasurer Doug Henderson said posting the tax bills early gives property owners more time and more ways to pay.

"People like to pay online, and a lot of people like to pay as early as they possibly can," he said this week.

The county began posting the tax information online last year, but few people were aware of it, county spokeswoman Joy Nelson said.

There are about 117,000 property tracts in Beaufort County, and from those the treasurer's office collects about $300 million a year in property taxes. That figure includes collections for fire districts, the county administration and school district, and the individual municipalities.

Property tax bills will be mailed out early next month and should start arriving in mailboxes by Nov. 8. Payments are due by Jan. 15 to avoid late fees.

In addition to the website, residents can pay tax bills in person using cash, check or a credit card at Treasurer's Office locations in Beaufort, Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island. Payments made by cash or check can be dropped off at any of the county's five BB&T branches after Nov. 5.

Residents can access their bills online at www.bcgov.net. The tax information should be posted online by Friday, and residents can look up their bill with a name or account number.

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