Form Horry County PDF Details

Form Horry County is a document that many residents of Horry County may be unaware of. The form, which can be found on the county website, is a questionnaire that asks for personal information such as name, date of birth, Social Security number, and driver's license number. It also asks about your immigration status and whether or not you are a U.S. citizen. The questionnaire is voluntary, but some people may feel pressured to complete it. Completing the form does not guarantee that you will receive services from the county, but it will help officials keep track of who is living in Horry County. There have been rumors circulating on social media about Form Horry County and what it means for residents, so I want to set the record straight and explain what the form is and why it's important.

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Documented Watercraft Division

1201 21st Avenue North - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

(843) 915-5054



Based on ownership and status of vessel for previous calendar year ending December 31, 2020

May be subject to 10% penalty if not signed and postmarked by April 30, 2021

Form may not be faxed.









Vessel Name:






USCG Official/Doc. # or State Reg. #:









Vessel Description














If sold, your account WILL NOT be deleted without




Tax ID #:


providing a copy of your Bill of Sale or other document





showing date and purchaser’s name/address.



Check here to indicate address change on back.


If you owned this vessel on December 31, 2020, you are required to complete and submit this survey. If sold, see #1 & #7 on Instructions Page.

Address of Primary Residence/Corporate HQ: Address: _______________________________ Do you live aboard this boat full-time

on 12/31/2020 (if different from above)


as your primary residence? Yes No

Date Brought Into Horry Co.:

Date of Purchase:


This boat is state-registered.




This boat is USCG-documented.

Official/Documentation #: _____________

Number of days boat present in Horry County during calendar year 2015:

SC statute 12-37-714 requires boaters to submit documentation or logs relating







to the whereabouts of boat in question.

Boat’s location on 12/31/2020:





Slip Owner



Location/Marina / Slip #:


City / State:


(Circle One)


Current location of boat as of filing date:





Slip Owner



Location/Marina / Slip #:


City / State:


(Circle one)


As of 12/31/2020, what was your PRIMARY DOCK SITE? (HOME PORT of boat when not cruising.) Slip Owner



Location Marina / Slip #:


City / State:


(Circle one)


If out of Horry County on 12/31/2020, have you returned or do you intend to return this year?








Have property taxes been paid on this boat/motor(s)? Yes No

If yes, County/State:












BOAT: Year:






Hull ID#:







Condition: Excellent Good Fair Poor Unseaworthy

Principal Use:

Personal Comm. Fishing



(Circle one)



(Circle one)





ENGINE(S): Manufacturer:


# of Engines:

HP per engine:

Fuel: Gas Diesel

Current Fair Market Value of Vessel Including All On-board Equipment and Improvements:

Please provide documentation of value such as marine appraisal, valuation service (NADA, BUC, ABOS, etc.), Bill of Sale, or federal depreciation schedule.


Print Name:





__________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________


Under penalty of law, I certify that the information contained herein, and any accompanying documentation, exhibits, schedules and/or statements, is to the best of my knowledge true and complete and made in good faith. I also understand that Horry County officials may inspect and verify my requested abatement(s) with my express permission and that if such submissions are discovered to be false, inaccurate or misleading that actions may be pursued as applicable to rescind the abatements, collect taxes owed, and to bring any legal action permitted under applicable laws, both civil and criminal.

Telephone #:



Fax #:




































Please read the following information and instructions carefully before submitting this Watercraft Survey.

1.If you owned this vessel on December 31, 2020, you must complete and submit this Survey with postmark by April 30, 2021. The Survey must be completed in its entirety. Failure to do so may result in a tax notice issued with an estimated tax value plus penalty. Unsigned and late Surveys are subject to a 10% penalty.

2.This is only a survey. It is not a tax bill nor does it indicate that your watercraft will be taxed in Horry County. It is intended to distinguish between taxable and exempt watercraft in Horry County.

3.The current state statute allows for, and Horry County Ordinance 64-07 has adopted, a reduction in property taxes for ALL WATERCRAFT. The reduction is determined by allowing a 42.75% exemption in fair market value. This exemption applies to all tax years beginning with 2008. This essentially achieves the same net effect as using a 6% assessment rate applied to the fair market value.

4.ATTENTION TRANSIENT BOATERS!!! Under Horry County Ordinance 97-08,A boat, including its motor if the motor is separately taxed, which is not currently taxed in this State and is not used exclusively in interstate commerce, is subject to property tax in this State if it is present within this State for one hundred eighty days in the aggregate in a property tax year. Upon written request by a tax official, the owner must provide documentation or logs relating to the whereabouts of the boat in question. Failure to produce requested documents creates a rebuttable presumption that the boat in question is taxable within this State.” This section primarily deals with transient boaters, not residential boats or boats that are more or less permanently moored at a home port within Horry County, SC. Gaming vessels are exempt from this ordinance.

5.This Watercraft Survey has been mailed to you based on one of the following criteria:

Your official documentation shows an Horry County mailing address.

Your official documentation shows an Horry County hailing port.

Your name was included on an annual list submitted by a local marina.

Your boat was seen in Horry County for an extended period of time.

You are a legal resident of Horry County.

6.South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 12-37-710 states, “Every person of full age and of sound mind shall annually list for taxation the following personal property, to wit:

(1)All the tangible personal property in the State owned or controlled by him;

(2)All the tangible property owned by him or by any other resident of this State and under his control which may be temporarily out of the State but is intended to be brought into the State;

(3)All tangible personal property owned or controlled by him which may have been sent out of the State for sale and not yet sold.”

7.In cases where a taxable vessel has been sold after the December 31 assessment date, taxes are not automatically prorated by Horry County. The December 31 owner will be billed for the full year’s tax. Section 12-37-735 provides for the proration of property taxes, but only if the transferor (seller) and transferee (buyer) agree and both sign a proration form available at our office and immediately pay each pro- rated share. If sold, please attach a copy of your Bill of Sale or other document showing date of sale, and purchaser’s name and address so the account can be deleted from the following year’s tax roll.

8.South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 12-54-40 states: A person who willfully attempts to evade or defeat any tax or property assessment, in addition to other penalties provided by law, is guilty of a FELONY and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than ten thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, together with the cost of prosecution. The assessment may be estimated from the best available information and then amended when more sufficient information becomes available. ENFORCEMENT FOR NON-COMPLIANCE (PENALTIES AND PROSECUTION) HAS BEEN STRENGTHENED BY OUR OFFICE, ALONG WITH OTHER COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES.

9.South Carolina Code of Laws, Sections 12-37-900 & 905 state that personal property owned on December 31 shall be listed for taxation with the County Auditor between January 1 and April 30 of the following year regardless of whether the property was sold after the December 31 assessment date.

An Attorney General’s opinion on this section states, (for example) “The owner of personal property on December 31, 1979 is required to make a return to the county auditor listing all property owned by him on that date notwithstanding the fact that some property is sold by him in January 1980…a (taxpayer) is liable for the ad valorem tax on all tangible personal property possessed and used by him as of December 31 next preceding the taxable year.”

10.Watercraft considered “temporarily out of the state” on December 31st may still be subject to tax under the SC Code of Laws.


An Attorney General’s Opinion on SECTION 12-37-890 states that a boat used in a business/owned by a business is to be taxed where it is


situated. A pleasure boat owned by an individual(s) and located in South Carolina is to be taxed where the owner thereof shall reside at the


time of the listing.