I live in New Jersey with my wife and working down here in Aiken SC on tempory assignment with The Department of Energy. I fly home at least once per month. Aiken County Sheriff's office are telling everyone with out of state car tags must pay propery tax. I don't own any home or property here in Aiken SC. I'm renting an apartment until my assignement has been completed. Can they force me to pay this tax which I think it may be several hundred dollars? Please advise. See response back from Sheriff's office. My age is 57.Jeff Rankin
XXX@XXXXXX.XXXMr. Rankin, Thank you for returning the Registration Warning. I have made note of your visitor status. As a matter of routine, a Deputy will recheck the address again at a later date. If you are not living there and were visiting, you don't need to be concerned. If you ARE living at the residence but have a residence in NJ, you are a dual resident. This means you have residency here and in NJ. If this is the case, you DO have a tax responsibility in Aiken County and must pay the property tax on your car (even if you don't register it here) to avoid arrest or a fine. The tax requirement is triggered after you have lived here for 45 days. We will be returning to Churchill Common's Apartments in about a week to make arrests of those who do not comply. If you have questions about any of this, please contact me at XXX-XXX-XXXX you can also contact Bill Owensby at XXX-XXX-XXXX. If you were only visiting, you need to do nothing further in response to the Registration Warning because your car will probably not be there when our Deputies return to the location. Deputy TerryRegistration and Property Tax Enforcement UnitAiken County Sheriff's Office
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Hello,It appears that they can enforce this law. Under South Carolina law, citizens who move to South Carolina have 45 days in which to register vehicles if the individual:
So even if you are just there temporarily, if you are there longer than 45 days, they can assess the tax.
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I read the SC law too. If I lived in a motel or hotel during my longer than 45 days I don't see how they could treat you the same.
Well, I don't agree with the law and suspect it could be challenged in court, but it would be a long expensive battle that is unlikely to be fought by an individual...
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