Frequently Asked Questions
How do I qualify for a Homestead Exemption?
You may qualify if you are...
- Age 65 on or before December 31, preceding the tax year in which you wish to claim the exemption
- Totally or permanently disabled
- Legally blind; or
- At least 50 years of age when your spouse who was eligible for the Homestead Exemption died; and a legal resident of South Carolina for at least one year on or before December 31, preceding the year for which the exemption is claimed
- Hold fee simple title or partial title to your house or mobile home or certain life estates or other proper title as of December 31, preceding the year for which the exemption is is claimed.
How do I apply for the Homestead Exemption?
Application may be made at any time of the year, but should be made prior to or on July 15, at the Auditor's Office. When you apply for the Homestead Exemption, you must take proof of your eligibility. If you are applying due to age, take your birth certificate, Medicaid card, Medicare card, family Bible with entries of birth or baptismal records to prove your age. If you are applying because of disability or blindness, take certification from the State or Federal agency that had authority to make the declaration.
The following information is needed:
- Copy of current vehicle registration or title
- Union County street and mailing address
- Current milage on vehicle
- Visit the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles for more information and required paperwork.
Bradley O. Valentine
Office: (864) 429-1618
Fax: (864) 429-1608
Office is located at:
210 West Main Street
Union, SC 29379
The Auditor's office determines the property tax based on the needs of the county by setting the millage rates for the county. The office also handles homestead exemptions, property tax on personal property, and property tax for businesses.
You may access the SC Association of Auditors, Treasurers and Tax Collectors website for more information regarding the responsibilities of the Auditor.