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Here in Greenville county I remember a handful of years back the property tax on my Yamaha outboard was higher than the taxes on the tow vehicle to pull it luxury taxed items are a mofo here . But I pay 1100.00 in taxes for 2200 ft farm house on 3 acres , I know my moms taxes in PA for her primary home and waterfront cottage are ridiculous in comparison .
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In 2016 I sold a house in Clemson, that is in Pickens county, and my taxes weren't near that low, and the house wasn't near that expensive. I don't know how they rate the millage, but my taxes were cheaper in Mt Pleasant for a house that was 100K more than they were in Clemson.
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
Here in Greenville county I remember a handful of years back the property tax on my Yamaha outboard was higher than the taxes on the tow vehicle to pull it luxury taxed items are a mofo here .

My boat is 21 years old, and motor 14. Taxes on the damn outboard are about what they are for my truck & suburban...combined. Granted all of the above is old crap not worth all that much....but still.
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Someone asked about T-Top covers putting a 9% sales tax on their cover the other day--thats what we have. Its a 6% state sales tax, and 3% CHS county tax.

Cars are cheap though--they are capped at $500 sales tax.
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
In 2016 I sold a house in Clemson, that is in Pickens county, and my taxes weren't near that low, and the house wasn't near that expensive. I don't know how they rate the millage, but my taxes were cheaper in Mt Pleasant for a house that was 100K more than they were in Clemson.
city taxes vs county? Also believe they implemented optional sales tax relief post 2016...not positive in that.

if you want to see some absolutely insane rates, look at Allendale county and some of the other rural counties with small populations and next to no industry.
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Originally Posted by IMPLiberty View Post
Another house in my town currently for sale has a $50,000/year tax bill. This isnít an expensive area of NY either. I imagine there are plenty of $100k+ tax bills in many areas. I get annoyed with paying $8000 on a house I paid $200k for.
I'm currently buying a house in Mt Pleasant, SC, and the loan officer is from NY. I told her the taxes ($2175) and she made me tell her twice--she thought I was mis-telling her. She said she had never seen taxes that low on a house.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
city taxes vs county?

if you want to see some absolutely insane rates, look at Allendale county and some of the other rural counties with small populations and next to no industry.
I always assumed it was because of Clemson city taxes, but I never looked that close into it. It wasn't broken out like that on the tax bill.
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I've been through this state/local tax math exercise between Florida and Tennessee, but I haven't done it for South Carolina. I was just surprised when I saw that low property tax amount on Zillow because usually Zillow is pretty accurate (reading a public record) for property tax.
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I always assumed it was because of Clemson city taxes, but I never looked that close into it. It wasn't broken out like that on the tax bill.
that would do it easy. They are pretty high inside the city. Disproportionate amount of city services vs residences simply due to being a college town.

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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
I've been through this state/local tax math exercise between Florida and Tennessee, but I haven't done it for South Carolina. I was just surprised when I saw that low property tax amount on Zillow because usually Zillow is pretty accurate (reading a public record) for property tax.
Check out the link above. It breaks it down to the subdivision level. Lots of variation county to county, town to town. Big nut kicker is toys. And boats are taxed on your home address even if they stay elsewhere. Know more than a couple
people that have boats and rvís registered elsewhere.
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Check out the link above. It breaks it down to the subdivision level. Lots of variation county to county, town to town. Big nut kicker is toys. And boats are taxed on your home address even if they stay elsewhere. Know more than a couple
people that have boats and rvís registered elsewhere.

They rape us in SC for boat taxes.
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They cheap but not THAT cheap. As mentioned they also get you on Car property taxes...

But no... don't pay any attention to that and don't get any ideas to move here... go to Florida like you planned to....
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Check out the link above. It breaks it down to the subdivision level. Lots of variation county to county, town to town. Big nut kicker is toys. And boats are taxed on your home address even if they stay elsewhere. Know more than a couple
people that have boats and rvís registered elsewhere.
In about 2 years I'm planning to build a house and move up to Tennessee on a lot I bought about 4 years ago near Sweetwater. At this point I have 2 issues: 1) They still have no broadband internet access in the subdivision but Spectrum cable/internet is less than 1/4 mile away 2) I have lived in the current house for almost 21 years and it's going to be tough to go through the hassle of moving after that long. The good news is that property taxes are low in TN compared to FL.

Here's my next door neighbor in TN: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2...0536996_zpid/?

It just (re)sold in Oct 2020. My house won't be nearly that large/nice.

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They rape us in SC for boat taxes.
they especially rape us on outboards. No sales tax cap, and property tax bill every year for each motor.
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My house just outside of Charleston, 500K+/- on a river was $2950. Its all about the county and local millage rates - need to be a CPA to figure it all out. But they taxed my truck, car, boat, outboard and little pop up camper annually.

They will tax each outboard individually.

Overall, my state and local tax burden was higher in SC than it is in MD.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
That's definitely a lot of $. What do other taxes look like, and what do they fund? SC is known for low taxes, but really when you look beyond primary residence taxes they are anything but. For instance buddy has a 2020 F250 diesel, $1200 just for that...and it's a work truck. That's at a 6% assessment. Boats/outboards/RV's are 10.5%. A couple of late model vehicles and a toy or two and you are stroking some checks pretty regular.

The two big things that I've always found to be conflicting in SC is that luxury items are relied on so heavily for school funding, and that residential rentals are taxes at an amount over and above owner occupied. Luxury item funding is dumb, because it is subject to economic shifts...the last thing you want backing school funding. Residential rentals being higher than owner occupied ends up with renters paying more in taxes (its just a pass through), which is yet another obstacle in home ownership.
No annual tax on vehicles in NY. Back in CT there was and it added up!
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I'm currently buying a house in Mt Pleasant, SC, and the loan officer is from NY. I told her the taxes ($2175) and she made me tell her twice--she thought I was mis-telling her. She said she had never seen taxes that low on a house.
$2200 taxes would be on a small/cheap house. There are many places on NY (upstate) where Iím sure thatís normal. Down here closer to NYC things are just expensive. We looked at one $200k house that had an $11k tax bill. Glad we didnít end up with that house.
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Originally Posted by Jughed View Post
My house just outside of Charleston, 500K+/- on a river was $2950. Its all about the county and local millage rates - need to be a CPA to figure it all out. But they taxed my truck, car, boat, outboard and little pop up camper annually.

They will tax each outboard individually.

Overall, my state and local tax burden was higher in SC than it is in MD.
How much are these vehicle taxes per year?
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someone asked about t-top covers putting a 9% sales tax on their cover the other day--thats what we have. Its a 6% state sales tax, and 3% chs county tax.

Cars are cheap though--they are capped at $500 sales tax.
$300.00
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My Slip is 3X that tax bill. I would never move from the smell of low tide. Just saying 😁

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