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Dorchester County Residents Can Now Apply for Homestead Exemption Online

Post Date:06/05/2019 11:50 AM

With the launch of the new online application, Dorchester County is making it easier than ever for residents to apply for the Homestead Exemption Tax Credit, a statewide program administered by County Auditors, that provides property tax relief to taxpayers over the age of 65 and those with disabilities. 

The tax credit removes $50,000 of the assessed tax value from the taxpayer’s primary residence. For example, if a resident owns a home with an assessed value of $250,000, the resident would only pay taxes on $200,000. This is an approximate annual savings of $300 on the resident's tax bill.

Dorchester County Auditor, JJ Messervy said “I am proud of our staff in both the Auditor’s Office and the Information Technology Services Department who worked in tandem to create, test and launch the online application. Their efforts have placed County services at our residents’ fingertips, thus elevating travel time, and in-person office visit.” Messervy added, “This is a true testament to the forward-thinking, talented and service driven team at Dorchester County.”

The online application is powered by SimpliGov. Residents can be reassured that the security of their information is the utmost priority of Dorchester County and SimpliGov who provided the following security statement: 

At SimpliGov, security isn’t just the responsibility of one department, but of our entire organization. Interdepartmental testing, auditing, and training all combine to put the SimpliGov security program at the cutting edge of security standards.

SimpliGov’s security experts operate in conjunction with third-party auditors to ensure that environments remain secure, managed correctly and maintained through daily auditing, weekly reporting, and quarterly full network reviews. SimpliGov forms are SSAE 18 (SOC 2 Type II) and PCI-DSS certified and HIPAA-HITECH Risk Assessed ensuring the safety and security of all Dorchester resident data.

Similar to the notifications sent by Charleston County, the Dorchester County Auditor’s Office has begun contacting residents who may be eligible for the Homestead Exemption who are not enrolled in the program. Based on current voter registration information approximately 1,200 Dorchester County residents may not be taking advantage of this tax saving opportunity. The Auditor’s office has identified those homeowners and is sending written notice of their possible eligibility and the ease of applying for the tax credit via the online form or in-person at the Auditor’s St. George or Summerville Offices. 

Residents with questions about the Homestead Exemption Tax Credit are asked to contact Chief Deputy Auditor, Brenda Nix in the Dorchester County Auditor’s Office at (843) 832-0109 and/or (843) 563-0109 or via email at BNix@DorchesterCountySC.gov.

To apply and/or for more information residents are asked to visit the Homestead Exemption page on this site.

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