If a property is sold at tax sale and the bid amount is greater than the total taxes, assessments, penalties, and costs due, the resulting excess funds are held in escrow and known as "Overage". According to SC Code of Laws Section 12-51-130, these funds belong to "the owner of record immediately before the end of the redemption period" and are available to be claimed and payable "ninety days after execution" of the tax sale deed.
If your property has been sold at a tax sale, you may be entitled to these Overage funds. The delinquent tax office will mail certified notification letters to anyone with available overage. If you have not received a letter, but would like to inquire about the possibility of available overage, please contact our office at 864-638-4147. If any overage is available, you may claim the overage at no cost by completing the Overage Claim Form included in your notification letter or provided below. If you have any questions or concerns regarding tax sale overage, please contact our office as soon as possible. This overage must be claimed within five years of the tax sale date.
Overage Claim Form
Overage Claim Form
ATTENTION THOSE SEEKING OVERAGE INFORMATION THROUGH FOIA REQUESTS:
Information regarding tax sale overages can be provided through a South Carolina Freedom of Information Act Request. A form is provided below to complete this request. Please be sure to be very specific regarding the exact information you would like to obtain. Before making an FOIA request, please read the following important information:
- Information obtatined through an FOIA request CAN NOT be used for commercial solicitation. See South Carolina Code of Laws statute below:
SECTION 30-2-50. Obtaining personal information from state agency for commercial solicitation; penalty
(A) A person or private entity shall not knowingly obtain or use any personal information obtained from a state agency for commercial solicitation directed to any person in this State.
(B) Each state agency shall provide a notice to all requestors of records pursuant to this chapter and to all persons who obtain records pursuant to this chapter that obtaining or using public records for
commercial solicitation directed to any person in this State is prohibited.
(C) All state agencies shall take reasonable measures to ensure that no person or private entity obtains or distributes personal information obtained from a public record for commercial solicitation.
(D) A person knowingly violating the provisions of subsection (A) is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined an amount not to exceed five hundred dollars or imprisoned for a term not to exceed
one year, or both.
(E) This chapter does not apply to a local governmental entity of a subdivision of this state or local government.
- All overage payments will be made payable ONLY to the owner of record immediately prior to the end of the redemption perior or their estate and will be mailed ONLY to their address of record. We will not make checks payable to third parties or mail overage checks to third party addresses.
- The only overage information availabe in electronic format at this time is from tax sale 2009, 2010, and 2011. Overage information from any earlier tax sale is only available through in-office inspection of tax sale files. Any individual interested in this information is invited to complete an FOIA request form and schedule an appointment to review requested files. Costs associated with this research include a charge of $.25 per page for any copies made, as well as an hourly fee for staff assistance.
FOIA Request Form
Freedom of Information Request Form