South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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A133, R145, H3027

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Reps. G.M. Smith, Pitts, Ballentine, J.E. Smith, Bernstein, Harrell, Cobb-Hunter, Whipper and R.L. Brown
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nl\13021dg13.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 301, 3004, 3256

Introduced in the House on January 8, 2013
Introduced in the Senate on April 25, 2013
Last Amended on February 20, 2014
Passed by the General Assembly on March 5, 2014
Governor's Action: March 13, 2014, Signed

Summary: Property tax assessments

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/11/2012  House   Prefiled
  12/11/2012  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means
    1/8/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 57)
    1/8/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Ways and Means 
                        (House Journal-page 57)
   1/23/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Pitts
    2/5/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Ballentine
    4/9/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: J.E.Smith, 
                        Bernstein
   4/17/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Harrell
   4/18/2013  House   Committee report: Favorable with amendment Ways and 
                        Means (House Journal-page 23)
   4/24/2013  House   Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Cobb-Hunter, 
                        Whipper, R.L.Brown
   4/24/2013  House   Amended (House Journal-page 150)
   4/24/2013  House   Read second time (House Journal-page 150)
   4/24/2013  House   Roll call Yeas-104  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 151)
   4/25/2013  House   Read third time and sent to Senate 
                        (House Journal-page 35)
   4/25/2013  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6)
   4/25/2013  Senate  Referred to Committee on Finance (Senate Journal-page 6)
   2/19/2014  Senate  Committee report: Favorable with amendment Finance 
                        (Senate Journal-page 21)
   2/20/2014  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 21)
   2/20/2014  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 21)
   2/20/2014  Senate  Roll call Ayes-41  Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 21)
   2/26/2014  Senate  Read third time and returned to House with amendments 
                        (Senate Journal-page 19)
    3/4/2014  House   Debate adjourned until Wed., 3-5-14 
                        (House Journal-page 70)
    3/5/2014  House   Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled 
                        (House Journal-page 37)
    3/5/2014  House   Roll call Yeas-77  Nays-0 (House Journal-page 37)
   3/11/2014          Ratified R 145
   3/13/2014          Signed By Governor
   3/18/2014          Effective date See Act For Effective Date
   3/19/2014          Act No. 133

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/11/2012
4/18/2013
4/24/2013
2/19/2014
2/20/2014

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(A133, R145, H3027)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 12-43-220, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT RATIOS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT, IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS, AN ACTIVE DUTY MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES MAY CLAIM THE FOUR PERCENT ASSESSMENT RATIO REGARDLESS OF THE OWNER'S RELOCATION AND REGARDLESS OF ANY RENTAL INCOME, AND TO PROVIDE THAT AN ACTIVE DUTY MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES, IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS, MAY CLAIM THE FOUR PERCENT ASSESSMENT RATIO ON TWO RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES SO LONG AS THE OWNER ATTEMPTS TO SELL THE FIRST RESIDENCE WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF ACQUIRING THE SECOND RESIDENCE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

Special four percent assessment ratio for certain members of the armed forces

SECTION    1.    Section 12-43-220(c)(2)(v) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"(v)(A)    A member of the armed forces of the United States on active duty who is a legal resident of and domiciled in another state is nevertheless deemed a legal resident and domiciled in this State for purposes of this item if the member's permanent duty station is in this State. A copy of the member's orders filed with the assessor is considered proof sufficient of the member's permanent duty station.

(B)    An active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States eligible for and receiving the special assessment ratio for owner-occupied residential property allowed pursuant to this subsection (c), who receives orders for a permanent change of station or a temporary duty assignment for at least one year, retains that four percent assessment ratio and applicable exemptions for so long as the owner remains on active duty, regardless of the owner's subsequent relocation and regardless of any rental income attributable to the property. Subject to subsubitem (C), the provisions of this subsubitem (B) do not apply if the owner or a member of the owner's household, as defined in item (2)(iii) of this subsection (c), claims the special four percent assessment ratio allowed pursuant to this subsection for any other residential property located in this State.

(C)(1)    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States meeting all the other requirements of this subsection who receives orders for a permanent change of station or a temporary duty assignment for at least one year, may claim the four percent assessment ratio and applicable exemptions for two residential properties located in the State so long as the owner attempts to sell the first acquired residence within thirty days of acquiring the second residence. The taxpayer must continue to attempt to sell the first acquired residence in any year in which the four percent assessment ratio is claimed.

(2)    The four percent assessment ratio may not be claimed on both residences for more than two property tax years.

(3)    This subsubitem does not apply unless the owner of the properties or the owner's agent applies for the four percent assessment ratio on both residences before the first penalty date for the payment of taxes for the tax year for which the owner first claims eligibility for this assessment ratio. The burden of proof for eligibility for the four percent assessment ratio on both residences is on the taxpayer. The taxpayer must provide the proof the assessor requires, including, but not limited to, a copy of the owner's most recently filed South Carolina individual income tax return and copies of South Carolina motor vehicle registrations for all motor vehicles registered in the name of the owner. The taxpayer must apply to the county assessor by May fifteenth of each year to utilize the provisions of subsubitems (B) and (C). Along with the application, the applicant must submit a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) from the current calendar year. Any information contained in the LES that is not related to the active duty status of the member may be redacted.

(D)    For purposes of subsubitems (B) and (C), owner includes the spouse of the service member who jointly owns the qualifying property.

(E)    The special four percent assessment ratio allowed by this subitem (v) must be construed as a property tax exemption for an amount of the fair market value of the residence sufficient to equal a four percent assessment ratio and other exemptions allowed applicable to property qualifying for the special assessment ratio."

Time effective

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor and applies for property tax years beginning after 2013.

Ratified the 11th day of March, 2014.

Approved the 13th day of March, 2014.

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